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'It is Personal Reasons' - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on David de Gea's Absence From United's Squad During Draw vs Palace

Arjun Singh Devgan
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Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to explain the absence of goalkeeper, David de Gea from the squad during their goalless draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Prior to the game, Solskjaer revealed that De Gea was missing from the game due to "personal reasons" and following the game he reiterated that United would be without the Spaniard for a substantial amount of time, but insisted it was a "private matter".

The Norwegian however revealed that he was happy with Dean Henderson's performance during Palace, which was just his fourth start of the season.

"That's a Man Utd goalkeeper, sometimes you have to keep concentrating. He's growing in that position. I thank him for one point and not zero."

With De Gea length of absences undetermined, Henderson could start in the Manchester derby on Sunday and have a chance to establish himself as the first-choice keeper for the Red Devils, considering that the Spaniard has been criticised this season for putting on some poor performances.

The result on the night meant that United ensured that they remained second in the league table with 51 points from 27 games, one ahead of third-placed, Leicester City. The Red Devils however remain 14 points behind current table toppers, Manchester City.