Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw is expected to be out for six weeks after suffering ligament damage against Arsenal Getty Images

Manchester United have received more bad news on the injury front as Luke Shaw is reportedly set to be out of action for longer than expected.

According to the Daily Mail, the former Southampton defender, who limped off with an ankle injury in the first-half of the game against Arsenal is set to be sidelined for at least four to six weeks, keeping him out until the New Year.

This will come as a big blow for Louis van Gaal, as it was earlier believed that the England international defender will only miss three weeks.

But following scans after the swelling reduced, it was revealed that Shaw has damaged ligaments in his ankle, which will see him miss crucial Premier League matches during the Christmas period and possibly United's third round FA Cup clash.

The Dutchman already has enough defensive problems, and now the loss of Shaw will be a massive loss, as his replacements Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are both injured and youngster Reece James was just loaned out to Rotherham United. Currently the manager only has Ashley Young, who can cover the left wing-back position.

Nonetheless, there was good news on the horizon after Jonny Evans' successful return with the reserve squad and news that Argentine defender Marcos Rojo is also on the mend and could be available within the fortnight.

Meanwhile, Hull defender Alex Bruce has been talking about the dangers facing Steve Bruce's men when they visit Old Trafford on Saturday in the Premier League.

The 30-year-old defender has earmarked Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini as the danger men ahead of the game.

"Wayne is always a threat isn't he? He's a great player. I watched the Manchester derby and he nearly scored a great goal with a turn when he ran through, only to be knocked off the ball at the end. It shows the quality he has and he's always capable of scoring a great goal at any given moment," Bruce said, as quoted on United's official site.

"Marouane Fellaini has done well in the past few weeks. He's been playing well and I think he has been one of United's best players in recent weeks. He's a threat as has a big physical presence," the Hull defender added.