Wednesday 13 August 2014 9:21 pm

Selection headache for Van Gaal as Shaw faces spell on sidelines

MANCHESTER United boss Louis van Gaal has been dealt a defensive headache after defender Luke Shaw was sidelined for four weeks with a hamstring injury. The 19-year-old, who played England’s final World Cup group match against Costa Rica, joined the Old Trafford ranks from Southampton in June for £27m, replacing Juventus-bound Patrice Evra as United’s first-choice left-sided defender. United start their campaign with a home match against Swansea on Saturday lunchtime and Shaw had looked likely to line-up as Van Gaal’s left wing-back. This leaves the Dutch tactician with Reece James, who did feature on United’s US tour and in Tuesday night’s friendly with Valencia, although the 20-year-old’s only two professional appearances to date came during a loan spell at Carlisle United last season. United have been drawn away to MK Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup as the Red Devils prepare to feature at this stage of the competition for the first time in 19 years after missing out on European qualification last term. Other ties include an all-London clash between Championship sides Brentford and Fulham, while West Ham United host Sheffield United and Crystal Palace head to Walsall. CAPITAL ONE CUP SECOND ROUND DRAW Burton Albion v Queens Park Rangers Port Vale v Cardiff City Middlesbrough v Preston North End Stoke City v Portsmouth Huddersfield Town v Nottingham Forest Swansea City v Rotherham United Watford v Doncaster Rovers Millwall v Southampton Bournemouth v Northampton Town Brentford v Fulham West Bromwich Albion v Oxford United Scunthorpe United v Reading Derby County v Charlton Athletic West Ham United v Sheffield United Swindon Town v Brighton and HA Leicester City v Shrewsbury Town Crewe Alexandra v Bolton Wanderers Birmingham City v Sunderland Gillingham v Newcastle United Norwich City v Crawley Town Bradford City v Leeds United Aston Villa v Leyton Orient Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday Walsall v Crystal Palace Milton Keynes Dons v Manchester Utd All ties to be played week commencing 25 August

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