Manchester United - Nottingham Forest Prediction and Analysis
Nottingham Forest will look to pull off an incredible turnaround when they travel to face Manchester United in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils have one foot in the final thanks to an easy 3-0 success at the City Ground last week.
The likes of Newcastle or Southampton will await Erik ten Hag's men at Wembley, playing each other 24 hours earlier.
Man Utd coach Erik ten Hag knows how to win trophies from his time in charge of Ajax.
He is now potentially just 180 minutes away from winning United's first trophy since 2017.
And the prospect of a double on the home stage is also still alive. Given the recent progress and for the FA Cup.
But on the other hand, the Red Devils are seriously behind in the Premier League standings.
And as if indeed the League Cup is the trophy that is closest to arriving in the Old Trafford window.
In my opinion, Nottingham will leave live, stronger after today's game and will concentrate their efforts in the Premier League.
Given the home team's serious firepower, I wouldn't be surprised if Man Yun covered the 2.5 goal line themselves today.
Manchester United - stats and info
In the weeks before and after the New Year, Manchester United were on a long winning streak .
It was, however, cut short by two consecutive Premier League games without success against London rivals Palace and Arsenal.
Which ended in a draw and a loss respectively.
It was far from the ideal build-up to a League Cup semi-final.
But despite this, Man Yun scored 3 goals in the first leg to secure a serious advantage in the battle against Nottingham.
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring after 6 minutes of play.
Vout Weghorst then scored his first goal for the Red Devils just before the break.
Bruno Fernandes put the icing on the cake at the end of the meeting.
Eric ten Haag's players scored 3 goals in their next match to eliminate Reading from the FA Cup after 3-1.
Nottingham Forest - stats and info
The Nottingham Forest players had much more time to rest before this rematch.
Because they were released from commitments last weekend when FA Cup 4th round matches were played on the Island.
As Steve Cooper's men were humiliatingly sent off by lowly Championship side Blackpool after losing 1-4.
But on the other hand, Nottingham are on a positive run in the Premier League , which has grown to 4 games - 2 wins and 2 draws.
In this way, Forest managed to move away from the relegation zone .
After almost the entire first half of the campaign they were invariably there.
Reaching the 1/2 stage this year is Nottingham Forest's best performance in the League Cup for 31 years.
Having reached the final of the 1991/92 edition before losing to Manchester United then.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Martinez, Varane, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Elanga, Fernandez, Garnacho; Weghorst
Injured: Eriksen, van de Beek, Tuanzebe, Martial, Dalot
In question: Sancho, McTominay, Shaw
Lineup: Hennessy; Aurier, Worrell, Boley, Lodi; Mangala, Danilo, Froyler; Scarpa; Johnson, Dennis
Injured: Gibbs-White, Niachate, Biancone, Avoni, Kouyate, Richards, Henderson
Matches Man United - Nottingham
|KL||25/01/23||Nottingham 0:3 Man United|
|VL||27/12/22||Man Utd 3:0 Nottingham|
|VL||06/02/99||Nottingham 1:8 Man United|
|VL||26/12/98||Man Utd 3:0 Nottingham|
|VL||26/12/96||Nottingham 0:4 Man United|
|VL||14/09/96||Man United 4:1 Nottingham|