Shaw sustained a double broken leg in Man United’s 2-1 loss to the Dutch champions and is expected to miss the majority, if not all, of this season.
Schneiderlin and Shaw were teammates at Southampton before making their way to Old Trafford and the Frenchman is confident that the left-back will come back as strong as ever.
When asked by Manutd.com if he had spoken to Shaw, Schneiderlin said: “Yes, I spoke to him yesterday and told him that I am behind him, his family. It will be a tough time but he’s got to stay strong. It’s easier to say than do but he’s a young lad with his head on his shoulders.”
The 25-year-old also commented on Shaw’s state of mind, as he begins his recovery.
He added: “He looks okay. He’s strong mentally and I’m sure he will go back and work every day to come back as soon as possible.”
United visit the pairs old club, Southampton, on Sunday and will be without Shaw for the first time this season. The youngster had started the campaign brightly and was arguably one of the Reds best players thus far.
However, in his absence, the onus is on Schneiderlin to shine against his former team. The midfielder hasn’t started a game yet this month and will be hoping to win back his place for the visit to St.Mary’s. United are aiming to close the gap on leaders Manchester City and a win against Southampton will be key to their chances.