Man Utd £375,000 a-week star ruled out until April

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly preparing to be without the Spain international David De Gea for the Red Devils’ next six matches, having told Dean Henderson that he is set for a prolonged stint in the team.

David was not named in the club’s 18-man squad for the 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace this week, with the Norwegian confirming his absence was down to ‘personal reasons’.

He was pressed on David’s absence after the match but he insisted he’d be given as much time as is necessary to deal with matters off the pitch.

Solskjaer has stuck with David as his first choice this campaign but Henderson has been pressing the ex-Atletico Madrid star for a starting spot and it has become an increasing problem in the latest weeks with De Gea’s dip in form.

Dean kept a clean sheet against the Eagles and the Manchester Evening News report the England international has been informed he could keep his spot for an extended period.

The club are prepared to be without De Gea for the next month, meaning he is likely to miss key fixtures against Manchester City, AC Milan, West Ham United and Leicester City.

United have six fixtures in the next month, culminating with the visit of Graham Potter’s Brighton to Old Trafford on April 3rd.

De Gea’s absence will be a blow to the 20-time English champions’ chances of the top four but they have an able deputy in Dean and the former Sheffield United keeper will view it as a perfect chance to stake his claim for the no.1 jersey.