Man Utd defender Luke Shaw to miss rest of season

"Luke Shaw is injured and it is an important injury obviously", Mourinho said ahead of the Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo.

"Fellaini and Pogba will be back for that game so there are a little bit more in terms of options so we will give everything we have", Mourinho said.

Mourinho saw Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly join a crowded injury list and, while keen to stress the physical demands of a season totalling 57 matches and counting, his sympathy was limited.

As well as suffering a leg break during Manchester United's Champions League tie against PSV Eindhoven, Shaw has spent a number of months on the sidelines and used social media as a tool to communicate with fans and teammates.

Rashford earned his side a spot-kick just before half-time at Old Trafford, which Wayne Rooney duly converted, but replays showed the teenager's tumble had already begun before he brushed the arm of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Luke Shaw has had a hard enough season to contend with, even without his injury issues rearing their head.

"We lost players and we lost points, so yes today was a bad day". Even though it was always likely that United would advance deep into the traditionally exhausting Europa League (they were the pre-tournament favourites), and he presumably meant to compete for domestic trophies, he still decided that 22 players was enough.

However, with injuries to key players it looks like winning the Europa League will not be straightforward for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho.

Not as badly as his measly tally of 11 Premier League appearances - and four completed - suggests.

"In the end, it was a blessing that we didn't play in the FA Cup semi-final", Mourinho said after the Swansea draw.

His win percentage is far below not just Sir Alex Ferguson's record, but any United boss in the last 40 years, not excluding Louis van Gaal and David Moyes.

Depending on how you treat the context, you could view this as an expression of concern for a hurt player. "I think seven or eight teams in Europe have played nine games in April".

  • Julie Sanders