The painful defeat at the “Emirates” seems to belong definitively to the past for the Manchester United. Coming from the hard 3-2 against Arsenal, Erik Ten Haag’s players were anything but affected at the “City Ground”, after thanks to a full performance they comfortably prevailed 3-0 Nottingham Forest and built a solid foundation to qualify for his final League Cup.
In the presence of Vangelis Marinakis who attended the stands of the “City Ground”, the Red Devils did not take long to show who is the boss in the match and were lucky to take the lead in just 6 minutes. After an incredible run from behind the centre, Rashford burst into the area and finished off Hennessey in his own corner, in further evidence that he is in devilish form.
Two minutes later, Anthony wasted a unique opportunity to double the guests’ goals, but the ball went just past Forest’s post. And since 2-0 didn’t happen at that point, the home team went up and nearly equalized in the 23′ minute. After a lightning-quick counter-attack, Sarridge broke into the area and beat De Gea on 4-a-4, but the goal was disallowed by VAR for offside. However, despite the low morale of the disallowed goal, Nottingham threatened again shortly after with Scarpa’s volley which was cleared by De Gea (26′), before United’s engines got going again. Hennessey initially beat Anthony in a 4-on-1 to keep his team alive (32′), but there was nothing he could do in the 45′ when Weghorst took the rebound in the area to send the ball into the sky. of the nets and open an account with the Red Devils.
In the 54th minute, Eriksen almost made it three goals for the visitors when his amazing shot rattled the crossbar, while six minutes later Forest responded with a strong finish by Gibbs White that went over the goal (60′). With the exception of that blip, however, United remained dominant throughout the second half and eventually found their way to a third through Bruno Fernandes.
In the 89th, the ball was laid to the Portuguese after confusion in the Forest defense and he sent the ball into the net with a one-piece shot, giving the Devils a clear qualification lead ahead of the second leg at “Old Trafford” on February 1st.
Nottingham Forest (Steve Cooper): Hennessey, Aurier, Worrall, McKenna, Lodi (Williams 73), Froyler, Danilo (Colback 59), Gibbs White (O’Brien 73), Scarpa (Lingard 64), Sarridge (Dennis 64), Johnson
Manchester United (Erik Ten Haag): De Gea, Bissaka, Lindelof, Martines, Malasia, Eriksen (71’Frede), Casemiro, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford (57’Garnazzo), Anthony (71’Pellistri), Weghorst (86’Elanga)
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