Outstanding goalkeeper David de Gea has not travelled with the Manchester United squad to face Arsenal in the FA Cup tonight.

And that’s because caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to rest him to ensure he’s in tip-top shape for Manchester United’s top-four charge.

For the third season in a row, the Spaniard was left out by United for their FA Cup third-round clash earlier this month.

De Gea didn’t appear in the squad against Reading with Sergio Romero playing instead – and the same will happen tonight.

The Spaniard was not seen with the squad as they made their way to London, nor was Antonio Valencia, Scott McTominay or Matteo Darmian.

In 2016, De Gea played every round – except the fifth against Shrewsbury – as United went all the way to win the trophy, but that was an exception to the rule.

A year later, United were dumped out at the quarter-final stage. De Gea played that game, against Chelsea, but missed the previous three against Reading, Wigan and Blackburn.

Last season De Gea was left out the squads for wins over Derby, Yeovil and Huddersfield.

Jose Mourinho selected him on the bench against Brighton in the quarters before reinstating him in the side to face Spurs in the semis.

He started the final too but was unable to stop Eden Hazard’s penalty as they ended runners-up.

However, Alexis Sanchez will feature against former club Arsenal having not played since the third round after sustaining a hamstring issue, while Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini remain sidelined for Friday’s game.

Chris Smalling has returned to training after a foot complaint, although Solskjaer does not plan to use him on Friday, but Luke Shaw is back from illness.

Provisional squad

Romero, Grant, J Pereira, Dalot, Shaw, Young, Jones, Bailly, Lindelof, Fred, Matic, Herrera, A Pereira, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Sanchez, Martial, Lukaku, Rashford.