MANCH­ESTER UNITED

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL -

LOUIS van Gaal has given Luke Shaw per­mis­sion to stay away from Manch­ester United’s match against PSV in case he feels it will re­open the psy­cho­log­i­cal wounds of his leg break in Eind­hoven. Shaw’s sea­son was brought to an abrupt and painful halt two months ago when he broke his right leg in two places fol­low­ing a tackle by Hec­tor Moreno. The 20-year-old was en­joy­ing his best run of form at United, but the chal­lenge from be­hind by the PSV de­fender left his leg bent at a 45-de­gree an­gle. Shaw had an op­er­a­tion in Eind­hoven be­fore re­turn­ing to Eng­land where he has since un­der­gone an­other pro­ce­dure. Mind­ful that see­ing United play against PSV could stoke some bad mem­o­ries, Van Gaal has given Shaw a few days off from his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion which, the Dutch­man ad­mits, is prov­ing to be a frus­trat­ing process for the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional. “I think he is deal­ing with his in­jury very good, but now he is a lit­tle bit fed up with the daily rou­tine so I give him four days off – also be­cause of PSV,” the United man­ager said. “I don’t think he will be here, but I don’t know. Maybe he sur­prises me. On Fri­day he has a scan and we will know more about how the in­jury is go­ing.” Hav­ing dropped just two points since the de­feat to PSV in their open­ing group match, United will qual­ify for the last 16 if they beat PSV at Old Traf­ford. Wayne Rooney, An­thony Mar­tial and Marouane Fel­laini re­turned to train­ing af­ter miss­ing the 2-1 win at Wat­ford, but all three have been told they must prove their fit­ness if they are to start tonight. al­ready qual­i­fied for the next stage but are look­ing to se­cure top spot in the group, are miss­ing cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany, fel­low de­fend­ers Pablo Za­baleta and Eli­aquim Man­gala, play­mak­ers Samir Nasri and David Silva and striker Wil­fried Bony. The club, mean­while, are to de­sign a new club crest fol­low­ing a con­sul­ta­tion with their fans. City have had three ma­jor badges since the 1930s and adopted the cur­rent de­sign in 1997. The ex­ist­ing crest is in the shape of an ea­gle, but the new de­sign will re­vert to the round shape of its two pre­de­ces­sors.

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