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Henderson to replace de Gea in Manchester derby

Fri 05 March 2021 | 14:19

The Spanish goalkeeper will miss the Manchester derby and will be replaced by Henderson.

Manchester United

manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that David de Gea will miss the Manchester derby due to the birth of his child, with Dean Henderson as United's first-choice goalkeeper.

Due to the birth of his child, de Gea requested to travel to Spain before meeting Crystal Palace to be with his partner Edurne at the birth of his child, Yanay. The Spanish goalkeeper will be with his family for a while, and in his absence, Henderson is the main goalkeeper of United. The Red Devils face Manchester City as

Guardiola's side

has won their last 21 games.

The Norwegian coach told reporters:

"It’s a fantastic day for David. When you become a dad that’s probably the best possible feeling you can have.

"I’ll give him the time he needs before he comes back, he asked to go home and in the old world that’s a day and you come back and you’re ready again.

"But now we’re in a pandemic and the quarantine [requirements] of course it’s a different world but still, we felt it was right. David wanted to be there and support his girlfriend and there wasn’t even a decision to make. Dean came in and played well and he’s ready, so I’ll give David the time he needs."

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