£375,000-a-week Man United goalkeeper could miss several games

The Norwegian manager is preparing to be without David De Gea for the side’s next six games, having told Dean Henderson that he’s set for a prolonged spell in the team.

Spain international was not named in Red Devils 18-man squad for the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirming his absence was down to ‘personal reasons’.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pressed on David’s absence after the match but he insisted he would be given as much time as is necessary to deal with matters off the field.

The Norwegian manager has stuck with De Gea as his first choice this campaign but Dean has been pressing the shot-stopper for a starting spot and it has become an increasing problem in recent weeks with his dip in form.

Dean kept a clean sheet against the Eagles at Selhurst Park and the English shot-stopper has been told he could keep his spot for an extended period.

Red Devils are prepared to be without the Spanish goalkeeper for the next month, meaning the shot-stopper is likely to miss crucial fixtures against Man City, AC Milan, West Ham and Leicester City.

Man United have six fixtures in the next month, culminating with the visit of Brighton to Old Trafford on April 3rd. De Gea’s absence will be a blow to Red Devils chances of the top four but they have an able deputy in Dean and the ex-Sheffield United goalkeeper will view it as a perfect chance to stake his claim for the no.1 jersey.