Juan Mata sends classy message to Luke Shaw after Man United win

Juan Mata pays tribute to Luke Shaw after Manchester United's win over Southampton

Juan Mata has dedicated Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Southampton to Luke Shaw as the defender begins his recovery from his broken leg.

The England international suffered a double fracture of his right leg during last week’s 2-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.

Shaw is now set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines as he looks to regain his full fitness.

Mata scored United’s third goal as the Red Devils sealed a Premier League win over Shaw’s former side Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday.

And the Spanish playmaker has been quick to pay tribute to Shaw in the wake of the victory.

Mata wrote on his blog on Kicca: “It was an important and very special win. Everybody knows that last Tuesday was a bad day for us. Because of the defeat but, especially, because of Luke Shaw’s terribly serious injury. He was very unlucky and suffered a double fracture of his right leg; all of us felt his pain.

“That’s why we wanted to dedicate a victory to him as soon as possible, to make him feel happy, at least momentarily, and it came this very Sunday.

“I’m sure he will be back stronger, and he will work hard to be with us soon. He was having a great start this season, helping us a lot.

“All our support to you, my friend, you know we are here with you!”

United return to action with their third-round clash against Ipswich Town in the League Cup on Wednesday night.

Sunday’s win left United second in the Premier League table and just two points behind leaders Manchester City after six games.

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