Ole confirms De Gea's absence ahead of the Manchester derby
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Ole confirms De Gea's absence ahead of the Manchester derby

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will be missing from the team for a short period of time following the birth of his first child.

Earlier today, De Gea tweeted the fantastic news that his girlfriend Edurne has given birth to their daughter Yanay.

The couple traveled back to Spain for the birth which resulted in the Red Devil's no.1 missing Wednesday's 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference for Sunday's Manchester derby, Ole confirmed the keeper will be unavailable for selection.

Ole told reporters: “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.”