Romelu Lukaku is set to miss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first two games in charge of Manchester United after being granted compassionate leave, according to reports.
The Belgium international has been critcised for his performances this season with just six goals in 22 appearances so far.
Before his sacking on Tuesday, Jose Mourinho defended Lukaku’s performance in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, despite the striker struggling to get the better of Virgil van Dijk for the majority of the game.
But according to the Daily Mail, Solskjaer will be without Lukaku for the festive period after he has was granted compassionate leave this week.
The 25-year-old is now set to miss United’s games against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town.
But Lukaku could be in contention for United’s clash against Bournemouth at Old Trafford on December 30.
In his first interview with United on Thursday evening, Solskjaer insisted every player will be given a chance to turn around the club’s current predicament.
‘You certainly get to see the players in a game, in a pressure situation, but I think just the amount of games coming up is no problem because you have got this squad, an amazing squad of players we have got,’ he said.
‘We have got 23, 24 players, they are all quality and they will all get a chance with the amount of games coming up and they will have a chance to show they are Manchester United players.’