Hector Moreno was left smiling after Luke Shaw told him that the challenge which left the Manchester United star with a broken leg was “part of football”.
Shaw spent four nights in hospital in Holland last week before returning to Manchester following two operations on the double leg fracture he sustained in United’s 2-1 defeat to PSV in their Champions League clash at the Philips Stadion.
Moreno was not penalised for the 15th-minute challenge on Shaw that inflicted the damage to the England star’s right leg, and though the Mexico defender has received some criticism, he was absolved of any blame when he visited the Shaw in hospital last week.
Moreno told Metronieuws: “What happened to Shaw was very unfortunate. I was just in shock.
“I’m glad I was able to go speak to him. I went with Phillip Cocu to the hospital.
“That was very difficult at the beginning, but he was very kind to me and didn’t blame me.
“He had seen the images and said it was part of football.
“That made me smile.”
It remains unclear for how long Shaw will be sidelined, but Louis van Gaal said last week that he hoped to have the 20-year-old back before the end of the season.