PSV manager Phillip Cocu has said that the injury inflicted on Manchester United's Luke Shaw by a heavy tackle from PSV defender Hector Moreno was very "unfortunate" as it is "never the intention" of any of his players to injure a rival. The England international left-back suffered a double leg fracture early in the game which will keep him out of action for much of the season. PSV went on the defeat Manchester United 2-1 on Tuesday night (15 September).
Louis van Gaal, who coached the Mexican international defender during his time AZ Alkmaar, described the challenge by his former player as a bad tackle worthy of a red card. "When I say it's a penalty and a red card, I'm a bad loser. It was a bad tackle with two legs. Every word I say is always interpreted in the wrong way. It was in the 16 metre and it was a very bad tackle, with two legs," van Gaal said after the game.
But Moreno himself apologised for the accident after the game while his manager has also refused to blame the Mexican for the injury of Shaw. "We are sad about the very bad injury to Luke Shaw. It is never the intention of PSV to injure an opposing player. It's very unfortunate," Cocu said as quoted by Uefa.com.
Meanwhile, the PSV boss claimed his side did a fantastic job to comeback from a Memphis Depay opener to beat United with a solid defence and taking chances up front – even though the Premier League giants dominated much of the game.
"I'm very proud of the team – we showed today that this was a team effort. We kept our heads up after going a goal down, stayed confident in the way we played and focused on the chances we had," Cocu said. "We did a fantastic job, especially down the wings. We worked very hard and stayed organised. United didn't create a lot and in the end we had some chances to finish it."
"We had a great atmosphere in the stadium, the fans supported us really well. It's a great feeling with this result for the team. We played like real men, we worked hard for each other. We were sharp in switching from defence to attack. I had confidence in the team and the players showed that."