Luke Shaw: Hamstring injury to £30m left-back could accelerate Manchester United moves for Marcos Rojo or Daley Blind
The England international has been ruled out for a month
Manchester United's £30m signing Luke Shaw has been ruled out for a month after suffering a hamstring injury.
The injury could accelerate a move for another left-back to Old Trafford, with the club heavily linked with Sporting Lisbon's Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind of Ajax.
Shaw, who joined from Southampton in July, is expected to miss United's first five Premier League fixtures of the season at least.
It has been a pre-season to forget for Shaw after returning from the World Cup with England - soon after joining up with his new side he was ordered to train on his own after manager Louis van Gaal criticised his fitness levels.
Shaw admitted at the time that Van Gaal was right to question his fitness, with the 19-year-old set to play as the left wing-back in the 3-5-2 formation that the Dutch manager used with his Netherlands side during the World Cup.
"To play in this formation you have to be really fit. I am fit but I am not at the high level he demands," he had said.
"I have got to get fitter to get up and down. It's something I have got to work on."
As reported in The Independent yesterday, Rojo has been the subject of a £15m bid to take the pressure off Shaw. However it now appears he will have start the season as the first-choice left-back if a deal can be completed quickly.
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With the club selling Patrice Evra to Juventus and Alexander Buttner to Dynamo Moscow, Shaw is currently the only recognised left-back in the squad.
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