Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young are Louis van Gaal’s options to replace Luke Shaw at left-back for Manchester United.
Luke Shaw suffered a double leg fracture in United’s 2-1 Champions League defeat at PSV on Tuesday night and underwent surgery in an Eindhoven hospital later in the evening.
The England international had been one of United’s best performers in the early stages of the season but now faces a minimum of six months on the sidelines, leaving Van Gaal with a decision to make on the left side of defence.
Rojo replaced Shaw following his early withdrawal at the Philips Stadion, but it was Blind that played at left-back for the remainder of the game, suggesting Van Gaal does not see the Argentina international as a viable long-term option on the left.
However, Blind has been impressing alongside Chris Smalling so far this season, and Van Gaal may be equally unwilling to permanently break up his new centre-half partnership, with United conceding only three goals in their opening five Premier League games.
Another option for Van Gaal would be to move Darmian to left-back, bringing in Antonio Valencia on the right, but the Italy international has been another impressive performer so far this season. With one change enforced, Van Gaal may be unwilling to make two.
The only other option, however, would be to move Young to left-back, a position he played on occasion last season, but that would in turn reduce United’s options up the field, denying Van Gaal a player that helped turned the game against Liverpool at the weekend and then started as a wide forward against PSV on Tuesday.