Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that De Gea travelled back to his home country to be with his pop star partner Edurne as she prepared to give birth.
De Gea wants to return to Old Trafford to reclaim his spot as first-choice goalkeeper but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes it is best if the 30-year-old stays away from the club until after the international break.
Manchester United’s David de Gea announced the birth of his first child Yanay on Friday
The Spaniard announced the birth of his daughter – born on Thursday – via social media
De Gea announced the birth of his daughter via social media on Friday, more than 48 hours before United’s crucial derby with Manchester City on Sunday.
Dean Henderson is expected to start in goal for the Red Devils at the Etihad Stadium clash and will have six games to show why he can unseat De Gea as first-choice shot stopper.
Henderson kept a clean sheet in United’s goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night and will stay in goal for the Manchester derby and next week’s top-flight clash with West Ham.
De Gea (right) was told by United not to rush back from personal leave in Spain where he is with partner Edurne (left)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) says it is best if De Gea (right) returns after the March internationals
The 23-year-old will also deputise in both Europa League last-16 ties with AC Milan and the FA Cup quarter-final at Leicester City on March 21, but Henderson was expected to play in those matches even if De Gea was not away from the squad.
De Gea’s status as No 1 has been questioned by fans and pundits for several months after a series of high-profile errors this season.
The Spaniard was at fault for two Everton goals in the Toffees’ 3-3 draw at Old Trafford in February – his eighth and ninth errors directly leading to a goal since the start of the 2016-17 season.
Dean Henderson has six games to show why he should be Manchester United’s No 1
Only three goalkeepers – Jordan Pickford, Hugo Lloris and Asmir Begovic – have made the same amount of errors over this period.
Henderson has kept eight clean sheets in 13 appearances across several competitions for the Red Devils this term – his first season in the first-team following a two-year loan spell at Sheffield United.
The run of matches could be pivotal for Henderson in his bid to become England’s first-choice goalkeeper at this summer’s European Championships with concerns over Three Lions first-choice Pickford this season.