Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended his decision to allow David De Gea to return to Spain and miss his side's biggest game of the season.
De Gea jetted back to his homeland to be with his partner Edurne Garcia, who has given birth to the couple's first child.
The goalkeeper will miss Sunday's crunch derby showdown with Manchester City at the Etihad – when United have to win to keep their fading title hopes alive.
City have reeled off 21 straight wins in all competitions to help them charge into a 14 point lead over United at the top of the Premier League table.
De Gea will be replaced in goal by Dean Henderson and will be forced to quarantine for up to 10 days when he gets back to Manchester due to Covid-19 travel rules.
It means he will miss next week's Europa League clash with AC Milan at Old Trafford and the visit of top four rivals West Ham.
Solskjaer admits he doesn't know when the Spanish international will be available again, but insists he did the right thing in allowing him to go missing and be with his family.
The United boss said: "It's a fantastic day for David, of course, when you become a dad that's the best possible feeling you could have – and the ones lucky enough to have that feeling know.
"We will give him the time he needs. He has to go home and in the old world you go back a day then come back, but with the quarantine it's a different world.
"David wanted to go and be there to support his girlfriend, it's not even a decision to make. Dean came in and played well (at Crystal Palace in midweek), he's ready. I'll give David the time he needs.
"As soon as David travels back, we just have to follow the government rules. I expect him to be available very soon and making up stories is not fair on our fans, not fair on David.
"There's a human being in there and David was there for this fantastic day for him and his girlfriend, I don't know when he'll be back, but it won't be long before he comes. This is the biggest occasion in any parents' lives. Dean did well against Palace and is looking forward to this City game as well."
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