Cape Town - The tackle that left Luke Shaw with a double leg fracture was firm but fair, according to Roy Keane and Howard Webb.
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PSV defender Hector Moreno's tackle on Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has sparked major controversy but has been deemed legitimate by former Manchester United captain Roy Keane and retired Premier League referee Howard Webb.
While the tackle on Shaw has been slammed by his manager, Moreno has found the support of the former Manchester United captain and the retired Premier League referee.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has slammed the tackle which left Shaw's season in tatters.
According to the BBC, Keane told ITV: “I thought it was a brilliant challenge."
"I love the physical side of the game.
"You can always tell by player reactions and none of the United lads at the time, and players are best judges because they are nearest the tackle, didn’t react over the top thinking it was a bad challenge."
“It was more of an accident with his trailing foot.”
Webb concurred with Keane's view on the tackle.
According to theIndependent, Webb said: "Luke Shaw’s injury was awful and I wish him a speedy recovery."
"But I have got to say that the referee made the right decision on the night. Moreno stretches with his right leg, which plays the ball cleanly. His left leg makes some contact on the follow-through, but it is always tucked away under him and not aimed towards Luke Shaw.
“Luke is unlucky in that he gets his studs caught and twists, which causes the injury, but on the night I think the referee made the right decision.”
The tackle left Shaw in hospital on Tuesday evening and later underwent surgery on a double leg fracture.
Shaw is expected to miss at least six months and is now considered unlikely to play in the Euro 2016 finals in France next year.
Moreno has since sent his best wishes as Shaw recovers from the double leg fracture.