Rounding off the week that Luke Shaw broke his leg is, by a weird turn of fate, a fixture between his current club Manchester United and former side Southampton.
For some, the game at St Mary's on Sunday is being seen as a great opportunity to show the collective support for the youngster. Some Southampton supporters have suggested a minute's applause by both sets of fans in the 23rd minute, the same number shirt that Shaw wears.
However, despite the apparently noble nature of the good will gesture, it might just be those in the home end taking part.
It seems that Manchester United fans think a minute's applause, an act that has become a regular fixture at football stadiums to show respect for significant former players and figures who have died, is over the top. According to many of those voicing their views Twitter, such a gesture is more synonymous with fans of bitter rivals Liverpool, who are often accused of wallowing in over-sentimentality.
On Sunday game hope we can have a 1 minute.round of applause on 23 minutes for Lake Shaw for a speedy recovery #wemarchon— Geoff Gray (@SaintGeoff07) September 17, 2015
Here's how United fans have been reacting to the idea...
Good news everyone Southampton fans are planning on a minutes applause for Shaw this weekend should really speed up his recovery— Amy Leanne (@Redamy7) September 18, 2015
@MrStephenHowson He hasn't died, he got injured. 23rd Minute applause for Shaw is over the top— Paul (@PaulsFUT) September 17, 2015
Feel bad for Luke Shaw but no need for a minute's applause.— Debbie (@SFC_Debs) September 17, 2015
The Luke Shaw applause should last a total of 46 minutes at St Marys. 23 mins from Man Utd & 23 minutes from Saints. #JusticeForShaw— Two Bob Bits (@iaingregory1) September 17, 2015
Are these people for real? Shaw's injury is very sad, but minutes applause on 23 mins Sunday!! F#*k off. Games will be 90 mins clapping soon
— Saint Nick (@HantsOnlyTeam) September 17, 2015
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