Man Utd now ‘in the transfer market for a left-back’ after Luke Shaw injury blow

Joe Williams
Man Utd left-back Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw looks frustrated during a Premier League match.

Manchester United will look to bring in a senior left-back before the end of the transfer window after Luke Shaw picked up a muscular injury and will be out for a number of weeks.

The 28-year-old defender is a mainstay of Erik ten Hag’s side and started the first two Premier League matches of the season.

But Shaw will miss Saturday’s Old Trafford encounter against Nottingham Forest and next weekend’s trip to Arsenal as well, it seems, as England’s upcoming internationals.

The left-back is facing a number of weeks out with a muscle injury that is still being assessed.

A club statement read: “Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has sustained an injury which will rule him out of forthcoming games.

“The muscle issue is still being assessed but the England left-back is expected to be out of action for a number of weeks.”

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Man Utd and England will be hoping nothing worse crops up during those assessments, especially with fellow left-back Tyrell Malacia also sidelined through injury.

The Old Trafford club loaned out another left-back earlier on Thursday, with Brandon Williams joining Ipswich for the remainder of the campaign.

And now the Manchester Evening News claims that Man Utd ‘are in the market for a left-back on a short-term basis’ after Shaw picked up his injury.

Man Utd were lucky to beat Wolves 1-0 in their first match of the season before losing 2-0 to Tottenham last weekend with the Red Devils sitting 12th at this very early stage in the season.

And Ten Hag will be hopeful they can beat Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford on Saturday before matches against Arsenal and Brighton.

Summer signing Mason Mount has been particularly disappointing and former Man Utd defender Paul Parker reckons the Red Devils should’ve spent their money on James Maddison instead.

Parker told bettors: “Manchester United should have spent the Mason Mount money on James Maddison. I’ve never been too sure on Maddison because of his temperament and he picks up a lot of injuries.

“His performances so far suggest that Maddison would have been the right player to buy.

“I personally wasn’t behind buying Mount. He isn’t what Manchester United needs. They needed somebody to come in and be like Eriksen. Maddison is like Eriksen when he was at Tottenham. A wonderful player to watch. One of the best foreign players to come to the Premier League in recent times. One of the top players to come from Europe.”