Ashley Young is set to be out for an extended period with a serious hamstring problem.
This weekend Manchester United lost more ground in the Premier League title race after another disappointing result away from home. They could only muster a draw against Stoke City in difficult conditions at the Britannia Stadium, with Radamel Falcao's goal cancelling out an early opener from former United youngster Ryan Shawcross.
For one player it was a game that has been long awaited. Luke Shaw has struggled with fitness this season, since his £30 million move from Southampton in the summer. But with Antonio Valencia absent Shaw was given the opportunity to start the game, his first start since November.
He certainly impressed, although came off on the hour mark clearly tired from his exertions. He spoke about the game to Manchester United's official website today expressing his joy at being back in the fold and how he now needs game time to get back to his best:
"I need game time now. I had [around] 60 minutes against Stoke and that was pre-planned. If I had been able to go on longer then I would have done, but I think the main thing for me now is to get a run of games together.
"It was a great feeling watching the team do well [in my absence]. We always want to win the games and now I am back fit I want to be a part of the winning run.
One player who has been superb while Shaw was out of action has been Ashley Young. Young filled in at the unusual position of left wing-back with aplomb during his absence and was one of Manchester United's most in-form players of the past month.
Unfortunately for Young he pulled up lame yesterday, with a serious hamstring injury looking to have him ruled out for a number of months.
And despite that making Shaw's chances of regular first-team football far easier he has offered his condolences to his team-mate in his hour of need:
"There's massive competition for me. I think it's a big credit to Ashley Young. He has been superb, one of our best players for the last four or five matches. It's just unfortunate for him that's he got this injury now. I hope it's not too bad. I hope he comes fighting back again."
Good sport from Shaw, who knows when Young is back he will want to take back his place in the first-team, fast.