Manchester United boss blasts leg-breaking tackle on star defender

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has blasted the tackle the led to star defender Luke Shaw breaking his leg in their 2-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven, according to reports to Sky Sports.

Only 15 minutes into the game, PSV defender Hector Moreno went in for a sliding tackle on Shaw at the edge of the penalty area, which caught the England defender on the shin resulting in a double fracture.

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The England international required 10 minutes of treatment before being stretchered off while wearing an oxygen mask, and was quickly taken to a hospital in Eindhoven for further inspection.

And Van Gaal has blasted Moreno for the challenge, while also insisting that it should have been a penalty as well as a sending off for the Mexico international.

“When I say it was a penalty and red card I am a bad loser,” he said. “Every word I say is always interpreted in the wrong way, but it was in the 16m [penalty area] and I think it was a very bad tackle with two legs.

“It is awful. He’s a boy who came to Manchester as an 18-year-old [in 2014], had a very difficult season, then second season he plays fantastic, and then this happens.

“When he was going into the dressing room he was with an oxygen mask and was crying.”

Moreno has however apologized for his tackle, as he himself knows the struggles of coming back from a broken leg after sustaining one himself in the 2014 World Cup.

“I know how it feels, I know how difficult such a thing,” he said.

“I feel very bad about it, I am so sorry.”

The Red Devils will travel to Shaw’s former club Southampton in their next Premier League fixture this weekend.