De Gea was a surprise absentee from Manchester United’s 0-0 midweek draw against Crystal Palace, missing the game due to ‘personal reasons’, but announced he had become a father.
Solskjaer confirmed the goalkeeper had travelled back to his native Spain to be there for the birth of his child and while that would normally only result in a short absence, the coronavirus situation means it could lead to a longer spell out of the side.
The Manchester United manager is satisfied, however, with backup goalkeeper Dean Henderson standing in for the Spaniard and he hopes De Gea will be back as soon as possible.
‘Best feeling you can have to become a dad,’ said Solskjaer. ‘I will give him the time he needs before he comes back.
‘He wanted to go and be there, so not even a decision to make. There is a human being in there. I don’t know when he will be back but it won’t be long.
‘He has to go home and in the old world that is a day and you are ready again, but with the pandemic it is a different world.
‘We felt when David wanted to go there isn’t even a decision to make. Dean is ready.
‘Dean came in and played well and he’s ready so I will give David the time he needs, of course.’