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The hosts already have one foot in the final after a resounding 3-0 victory in the first leg at the City Ground. A chance of winning silverware would mark a huge step forward under Erik ten Hag but he’ll be keen to avoid an embarrassing implosion with such a commanding lead. Can Nottingham Forest do the unthinkable?

Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest Stats

  • Domestically, the Red Devils have not suffered a home defeat since early August
  • Away from home, United’s opponents have averaged just over five corners per game
  • Only Newcastle have secured more league clean sheets at home than Manchester United


Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest Prediction

Betting Tip: Manchester United -1.5 Asian Handicap

The hosts have been impeccable of late when taking to the turf at Old Trafford. They have emerged victorious in all of their seven home games since coming back after the World Cup and despite the fact they take a 3-0 lead into the second-leg, boss ten Hag will be expecting his side to add another victory to their record.

Nottingham Forest probably know that barring a miracle, their League Cup run is likely coming to an end here. Their main focus is on preserving their Premier League status and it will be interesting to see what lineup Steve Cooper opts for. It could of course go the other way and we could see the visitors looking to go for it from the very first whistle.

Either way, It looks likely Manchester United will be able to pick them off and given the form they’re currently in, they should be able to score more than once here. Nottingham Forest were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in the first leg but going to Old Trafford already 3-0 down is not an ideal situation.

I’ll take the hosts to cover a -1.5 Asian handicap.

Betting Tip: Nottingham Forest +3 corner handicap

Sticking with the handicap team, I do like the look of the visitors to stay close to Manchester United in terms of the corner count.

The Red Devil’s opponents at Old Trafford have registered an average of just over five corners per game and in the first-leg, we saw Cooper’s men hit six in total and actually won the corner count.

Despite their priorities being elsewhere, that’s not to say the visitors here will simply roll over and I do think they’ll be keen to put in a good performance. Combine that with the fact that after losing Christian Eriksen until approximately May, ten Hag won’t want to lose any other of his key players.

I’m not expecting Manchester United to run away with it in terms of corners and I think the line of +3 is a little too generous. I’ll have a point on this pick which landed with ease in the first leg.

Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest Results

Date Result Competition
25/01/2023 Nottingham Forest 0-3 Man Utd League Cup
27/12/2022 Man Utd 3-0 Nottingham Forest Premier League
06/02/1999 Nottingham Forest 1-8 Man Utd Premier League
26/12/1998 Man Utd 3-0 Nottingham Forest Premier League
11/11/1998 Man City 1-0 Arsenal League Cup


Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest Team News 

Manchester United:

  • Donny van de Beek is ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury
  • Scott McTominay is a potential doubt and will have to be assessed
  • Luke Shaw will also have to be assessed after missing the game with Reading through illness
  • Christian Eriksen has an ankle problem so is likely to miss out here
  • Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe and Diogo Dalot all remain out through injury
  • Jadon Sancho could make a return to the squad

Nottingham Forest:

  • Giulian Biancone has been ruled out until the end of the season with a serious knee injury
  • Moussa Niakhate, Omar Richards, Taiwo Awoniyi, Cheikhou Kouyate and Dean Henderson all remain sidelined through injury
  • Morgan Gibbs-White suffered an ankle injury in the first leg and is likely to miss out here

Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest Lineups:

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Manchester United

Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Martinez, Malacia, Casemiro, Fred, Antony, Fernandes, Rashford, Weghorst

Nottingham Forest

Hennessey, Aurier, Worrall, McKenna, Lodi, Freuler, Danilo, Scarpa, Lingard, Johnson, Surridge

Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest Score Prediction:

Manchester United 3-0 Nottingham Forest