Mourinho explains De Gea absence against Sunderland

Jose Mourinho says David De Gea’s absence for Manchester United at Sunderland is down to a “little problem”.

The Spaniard was left out of the matchday squad for a Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light, with Sergio Romero taking his place between the sticks.

De Gea has been an integral figure for United in recent seasons, with his consistent performances recognised with several individual awards.

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He has remained a regular throughout a period of much change at Old Trafford, with speculation regarding his future shrugged off.

Rumours are circulating again regarding supposed interest from Real Madrid, but Mourinho insists that the decision to take the 26-year-old out of the spotlight is down to a minor niggle.

"David has a little problem," the United boss told Sky Sports.

"He hasn't travelled. Normally Sergio plays in the Europa League and that is next Thursday so that's not ideal for him at all."

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De Gea has been an ever-present for United in the Premier League this season, with few fixtures missed over recent seasons.

Mourinho is not expecting him to be out for long, with it suggested that the highly-rated goalkeeper will be back in contention for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Anderlecht and a crunch clash with Chelsea next weekend.

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When asked if the problem is a long-term issue, Mourinho replied: "No.

"He'll be ready for the next fixture."

United take on Sunderland sat sixth in the Premier League table, seven points adrift of the Champions League places.

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