Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United Match Analysis & Prediction
25/01/2022 12:00 am
Nottingham Forest and Manchester United will play each other in the first leg of their semifinal at the City Ground on Wednesday, with the Tricky Trees edging past Wolverhampton Wanderers on penalties to reach the final four.
The Red Devils comfortably beat Charlton Athletic in the quarterfinals. They will reconvene for the second leg at Old Trafford on February 1 to face Newcastle or Southampton at Wembley.
Only months after being embroiled in a relegation battle and with several new signings, Nottingham Forest appears close to clinching a trip to Wembley for an EFL Cup final after defeating three Premier League sides, drawing 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-final.
Dean Henderson saved from Ruben Neves and Joe Hodge in the shootout against the Wolves, allowing Forest to advance to the final four.
The injured goalkeeper will watch Wednesday’s match from the stands as his club attempts to reach its fourth EFL Cup final and first since 1992 when they lost to Manchester United, who have won the most titles with nine.
Manchester United, who have four competitions in which they can compete, could not overtake cross-town rivals Manchester City following a five-goal thriller with Arsenal.
The Gunners were seeking revenge for their only loss in the Premier League this season. Eddie Nketiah’s brace and Bukayo Saka’s sensational strike gave them that, while Marcus Rashford and Lisandro Martinez contributed.
Having fallen 11 points behind the league leaders – who also have a game in hand. The EFL Cup presents a more immediate shot at early silverware for Erik ten Hag, whose team has sent Charlton Athletic, Aston Villa, and Burnley out of the tournament to progress to the final four.
Nottingham Forest vs. Manchester United Head to head
Both sides have one game against each other with the hosts winless while the visitors with one win.
Nottingham Forest Team News
Wayne Hennessey will start in goal for The Reds and be backed up by Costel Pantilimon as Karl Darlow recovers from an injury, while fellow defenders Michael Hefele, Danny Fox, and Jack Hobbs are also recovering from injuries.
Midfielder Ryan Yates could not play the full 90 minutes against Bournemouth due to illness so that Danilo Pantic may be considered for a starting role here after a strong second-half performance.
Nottingham Forest's Last 5 Matches
14/01/2023Nottingham Forest2Leicester City0EPL
11/01/2023Nottingham Forest1Wolves1EFL Cup
Manchester United Team News
Ten Hag is likely to welcome Casemiro back into the starting lineup for the Red Devils, who are also unlikely to welcome Jadon Sancho back into team training so soon.
Meanwhile, Axel Tuanzebe and Donny van de Beek remain sidelined for United, while Anthony Martial (leg) and Diogo Dalot (hamstring) are facing races against time to be fit as well.
Manchester United 's Last 5 Matches
18/01/2023Crystal Palace1Man Utd1EPL
14/01/2023Man Utd2Man City1EPL
10/01/2023Man Utd3Charlton0EFL Cup
Nottingham Forest vs. Manchester United : Odds and Predictions
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