Nottingham Forest v Manchester United: Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg – live | Carabao Cup

Key events

15 minutes: United dominate possession. Forest are struggling to chain several passes together.

13 mins: Weghorst and Fernandes combine to pass the ball from left to right for Antony, into space at the edge of the forest box. Antoine opens his body and telegraphs a curler to the top left. It flies high and wide. Another big chance for United. “If you had only paid attention to football since the World Cup, you would be forgiven for thinking Rashford was the best player in the world,” writes Matt Dony. “He does ridiculous things all of a sudden. When he first burst onto the scene, I always thought (and obviously it could never have happened) that he would be a perfect long-term replacement for Sadio Mane. Then he seemed to stop progressing. Now he has made up for lost time.

11 minutes: Forest faff around, playing short and making a royal mess. Aurier tries to save the move on the edge of the D but can’t shoot. United are surging in droves. Forest pretty much takes care of the counter this time, but the visitors look dangerous every time they step forward.

10 minutes: Forest respond well, however, with Surridge bursting into United’s box from the left and winning the game’s first corner. Gibbs-White to take.

8 minutes: Forest is lucky not to be two. Antony dribbles down the right, reaches the edge of the box and whips a low curler that sails clear of the left post. A few centimeters away. If it had been on target, Hennessey wouldn’t make it.

7 minutes: As good as Rashford’s run is, it’s abysmal defense from Freuler and Worrall, who rolled out the red carpet there. Both recoiling in fear, Rashford was never going to turn down the invitation.

AIM! Nottingham Forest 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford 6)

Rashford is on fire right now, and here it is again! He recovers the ball in his half of the field and flees on the left flank. He bursts between Freuler and Worrall as if it were an open door, enters the box and fires a rising shot to the top left. It’s that simple ! What a race, in both senses of the word!

4 minutes: Malacia’s strange cross pass almost lets Scarpa into the forest on the left. Scarpa can’t quite reach the ball and United clear. Both sides betrayed some nerves in those opening exchanges.

2 minutes : Rashford is dribbling down the left and he has options on the pitch. But his reduction, intended for Eriksen, goes behind his teammate and Forest can clear his lines. But then United come back. Worrall should clear a long ball, but freezes and Fernandes sneaks up. Fernandes looks for Weghorst in the middle, but the cross is no good and the ball is clear. A quick start by United.

United get the ball rolling as fans serenade the mist that rolls in from the Trent. The City Ground is really in a good voice tonight.

A minute of silence for Holocaust Memorial Day. Perfectly observed.

The teams are out! Forest in red, United in second-choice white. A good 1978 feel for everyone’s costume. Beautiful. The City Ground bounces off Insomnia by Faithless. “This song is really good,” says Roy Keane, carried away by the atmosphere. Speaking of which… “You have a lot of nerve, Roy,” begins Bobcat Justin Kavanagh. “Considering Keane’s party piece is Dylan’s Positively Fourth Street, I’d say his Clough impersonation is better than most.” We’ll be leaving in a moment or two.

Roy Keane sang “Positively Fourth Street” at Lillies the night Ireland beat Holland in 01, and listened as Dylan packed up to leave Saipan.

—Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) October 13, 2016

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes leads his team mates before the Carabao Cup Semi Final 1st Leg game between Nottingham Forest and Manchester United.
The players step onto the field. Photo: Ash Donelon/Manchester United/Getty Images

Here’s a recap of what happened in the first leg of the other semi-final last night. A game filled with a lot more to study than its 0-1 scoreline suggests.

Erik ten Hag talks to Sky. “It’s great to play such games. Lots of attention from everyone around the club, everyone is excited, especially the fans but also the players. It feels: they want to go to the final. It’s a big game. We have a strong team tonight. We have to win this game. We have to do everything to win this match. Our players have experience to play great matches.

He also reports that Luke Shaw is ill and it is “difficult to say” if he will be back for the weekend.

A beautiful moment on Sky as host Mark Chapman, who has just quizzed Roy Keane on his time at Forest, cheekily notes that ‘all the former players who played under Brian Clough seem to be able to make an impression of him “, and leave that hanging. the air. Keane falls silent for a perfectly timed comedic beat – and I won’t insult your intelligence by describing his facial expression – before giving his answer. “I do not know.” Then a quick pantomime glance at the camera, before a very amused smile appeared at the corners of his mouth. “I wouldn’t be very good at that. I wouldn’t disrespect him that way. Dry comedy. You’d pay big bucks to be a fly on the wall backstage at the City Ground circa 1992, wouldn’t you.

Steve Cooper speaks to Sky Sports. “We have to find the right balance. We have to respect the fact that we are playing against Manchester United. We have to play with a good ambition, a good intention, it’s a semi-final, they don’t come often. We’re still not the team we want to be. There are a lot of things we need to improve. But we have taken a few steps forward. If there’s a moment where we think we’re doing well enough, it won’t be for me, we have to fight even harder. We played United just after Christmas and we weren’t good enough that night. We weren’t giving a good impression of ourselves and we didn’t like it, so we talked about it.

Forest make three changes to the named squad for the 1-1 draw at Bournemouth last weekend. Scott McKenna, Danilo and Sam Surridge are on board; Orel Mangala falls to the bench, Ryan Yates is sick and Chris Wood is tied for the cup. On loan Dean Henderson remains injured, although he would have been ineligible against his parent club anyway.

United make three changes to the starting XI selected for the 3-2 defeat at Arsenal. At the back, Tyrrell Malacia and Victor Lindelof replace Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane, while in midfield Casemiro returns from suspension to take the place of Scott McTominay.

The teams

Nottingham Forest: Hennessey, Aurier, Worrall, McKenna, Lodi, Danilo, Freuler, Johnson, Gibbs-White, Scarpa, Surridge.
Subs: Smith, Cook, Mangala, Williams, Colback, Lingard, O’Brien, Dennis, Boly.

Manchester United : De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Martinez, Malacia, Fernandes, Casemiro, Eriksen, Antony, Weghorst, Rashford.
Replacements: Heaton, Fred, Varane, Pellistri, Williams, Elanga, McTominay, Grenache, Mainoo.


Nottingham Forest have won this competition four times; Manchester United five. For both clubs, their last League Cup success was also the last major domestic trophy they won, with Forest beating Oldham Athletic in the 1990 final, United making for Southampton in 2017. In the context of later trajectories and attendant expectations, it has been a long drought for both of them. Who will have the chance to quench their thirst at Wembley next month? We are one step closer to finding out. The first stage starts at 8 p.m. GMT. It’s on!

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