Manchester United suffered their first defeat of the new campaign yesterday, with Crystal Palace shocking the world and winning 2-1 at Old Trafford.
The result and performance left plenty to be desired, and losing in the manner that they did brought up some bad memories from last season’s shortcomings. It did feel like more of the same despite United spending big on their defence over the summer.
Things were compounded by an injury picked up by Luke Shaw, too. The Englishman went down in the first 45 minutes but tried to carry on. Unfortunately, he couldn’t and eventually was subbed off for Ashley Young.
After the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer met the media and admitted it was a hamstring problem picked up by the United defender – and he’ll have a scan today…
“We’ll do the scans tomorrow but he felt something in his hamstring,” Solskjaer told ManUtd.com.
“Hopefully, it won’t be too bad and I hope he is going to be back for Southampton.”
It’s tough to gauge the severity of a hamstring injury until after the scan. If he’s just tweaked it, there’s every chance Shaw is ready to play on Saturday – though if it’s anything more serious we probably won’t see him until mid-September at the earliest – following the international break.
Shaw hasn’t had any luck with injuries whatsoever over the last four years and just when you think he’s over the hill, something like this happens. It’s a real shame because all this does is knocks his confidence and whittle away at his mind. Hopefully, it’s nothing too serious and he’ll be back playing again in no time.
Overall, it was a real day to forget for United, and it’s now about gearing up for Southampton away and bouncing back.