- Man United will be without their number one goalkeeper against Man City
- The Spaniard could also miss AC Milan clash including a few others
- De Gea was granted permission to travel to Spain with his girlfriend as he becomes a father for the first time
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David de Gea will miss Manchester United's Premier League clash against city rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.
The Spanish goalkeeper will most likely miss the Red Devils Europa League round of 16 first leg fixture against AC Milan due to personal reasons.
De Gea was given permission to travel to Spain and be with his girlfriend Edurne as the couple welcomes their first child named Yanay.
He was also missing during their 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park during the week and his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer while addressing the media ahead of the derby said:
“It’s a fantastic day for David, of course. When you become a dad it’s possibly the best feeling you can have.
“Those who are lucky enough to have had that feeling know exactly what David is going through now. We’ll give him the time he needs before he comes back.
“He asked to go home and in the old world it’s a day and you go and you’re ready again. With the pandemic and the quarantines, it’s a different world.
“Still, we felt when David wanted to be there to support his girlfriend that’s not even a decision to make. Dean [Henderson] came in and played well and he’s ready. I’ll give David the time he needs of course.”
Solskjaer further told the Man United website that he doesn't know when his number one goalkeeper will be back, he however expects the Spaniard to return soon.
“As soon as David travels back, we just have to follow the Government rules. I expect him to be available very soon.
“Making up stories that have been in the press this morning, that’s unfair on our fans and David. We allowed him to go back and be with his girlfriend. We want our players back as soon as possible.
Legit.ng earlier reported that ahead of Sunday’s Manchester Derby, City boss Pep Guardiola has stated that he admires United striker Edinson Cavani a lot.
The manager also raised concerns about the threat posed by the Red Devils as he singled out the striker from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attack ahead of the showdown.
Guardiola praised Cavani for his blistering career in the game of football while giving a hint of what should be expected when both teams lock horns at the Etihad Stadium.
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