A “sickened” Mauricio Pochettino has admitted his former player Luke Shaw was still in tears on Wednesday over his double leg fracture.
Shaw suffered a fracture of the tibia and fibula in his right leg after a late challenge from Hector Moreno during Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to PSV.
After receiving eight minutes’ treatment, Shaw was carried off the pitch at the Philips Stadion while receiving oxygen.
The defender was taken to the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of Eindhoven, where he had an operation on Tuesday night.
He stayed there overnight and the day after the match, United announced their left-back would remain at the hospital “to continue his early recovery”.
Shaw received a visit from United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the hospital shortly before he and the rest of the squad flew back to England on Wednesday afternoon.
And the former Southampton defender also received a phone call from his old Saints boss Pochettino, who was distressed by the injury.
“I spoke with him this morning,” said Pochettino, who left Southampton for Tottenham in the summer of 2014.
“He’s much better today but it is always difficult when you have that type of injury. I gave my support and wish him a speedy recovery.”
When asked what Shaw said to him, Pochettino added: “It’s difficult because he was crying.
“You can understand that after the big injury. Not only for the pain but everything around the situation.
“I feel very sorry for him. It was a big impact for me and I watched the moment it happened. I was sick after the action. My relationship with him was close and it is difficult.”