Man Utd vs Nottingham Forest LIVE: Carabao Cup result and final score after Anthony Martial and Fred goals

Man Utd vs Nottingham Forest LIVE: Carabao Cup result and final score after Anthony Martial and Fred goals

Manchester United will book a place at Wembley if they avoid losing to Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup semi-finals tonight. The Red Devils did the damage in the first leg thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford,Wout Weghorst, and Bruno Fernandes who helped Erik ten Hag’s men to a 3-0 win.

The manager has been quite vocal about his desire to bring silverware back to Old Trafford and the Carabao Cup is United’s best chance at winning a trophy for the first time since 2017. Attempting to stop them are Nottingham Forest but it would take a remarkable comeback from Steve Cooper’s side to get back in this tie.

It remains to be seen whether Ten Hag will rest his key players but Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho are expected to be in the matchday squad and could make their return for the Red Devils. The winner of this semi-final will play Newcastle at Wembley after Eddie Howe’s side defeated Southampton to reach their first cup final since 1999.

Follow all the action from the Carabao Cup semi-final at Old Trafford:

Man Utd vs Nottingham Forest

  • United lead 3-0 on aggregate after first leg at the City Ground

  • Man Utd XI: Heaton, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Shaw, Casemiro, Fred, Fernandes, Antony, Garnacho, Weghorst

  • Nottm Forest XI: Hennessey, Williams, Boly, McKenna, Lodi, Freuler, Mangala, Scarpa, Johnson, Dennis, Surridge

  • 36’ CHANCE! Johnson with a brilliant run and shot to force Heaton into a save (MUFC 0-0 NFFC)

  • 38’ WHAT A HIT! Antony with a sensational effort on the volley that whistles just over (MUFC 0-0 NFFC)

  • 42’ CHANCE! Dennis looks poised to slot into the corner, but Surridge deflects his effort wide (MUFC 0-0 NFFC)

  • 73’ GOAL! Martial sweeps home the opener to put United in the clear, tie over? (MUFC 1-0 NFFC)

  • 76’ GOAL! Fred taps home from Rashford’s volley pass, game over! (MUFC 2-0 NFFC)

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Erik Ten Hag calls for ‘quicker’ Man Utd to improve despite Nottingham Forest win

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Erik Ten Hag has demanded a quicker version of Manchester United after pinpointing how his team can improve on the winning performance over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

The Red Devils won 2-0 on the night thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Fred, advancing to the final at Wembley.

But Ten Hag was upset with the performance in the first half and outlined what must change for the Red Devils as they prepare for the final against Newcastle.

“We didn’t create chances and we allowed them to,” Ten Hag told Sky Sports. “The second half was better, more tempo, we are 3-0 up, don’t give them the momentum, they wait for one chance to get back into the game.

“We are searching for gaps, they played well, defended compact, we didn’t find the gaps.”

Erik Ten Hag reveals how Man Utd must improve despite Nottingham Forest win

Manchester United cruise past Nottingham Forest to book EFL Cup final place

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It will take more than the Carabao Cup to prove Manchester United are back, but it could prove a significant step in their renaissance nonetheless. Erik ten Hag is one win away from the first silverware of his reign, United needing only one victory to end a six-year trophy drought. A semi-final was in effect decided in Nottingham last week. The formalities were concluded with a 12th consecutive triumph at Old Trafford. Newcastle United await in a repeat of the 1999 FA Cup final, and Manchester United would appreciate the same result.

Part of the significance lay in Jadon Sancho’s return, with the winger making his first appearance since October and greeted by a loud cheer by the United fans. The first goal came from a forward whose absence was briefer. Anthony Martial came off the bench to make his first appearance since the Manchester derby and lashed in a shot after he tried to find Marcus Rashford. Instead, Scott McKenna blocked but redirected the ball to the Frenchman.

The second came courtesy of Fred, who had an audition for an extended role in the team in Christian Eriksen’s absence. Kneeing the ball in, courtesy of Rashford’s unselfish assist after a Bruno Fernandes diagonal ball, may not be the crucial factor but the ebullient Brazilian got the Stretford End singing about Wembley.

Man Utd cruise past Forest to book EFL Cup final place

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Manchester United defender Luke Shaw speaking to Sky Sports: “Very special. It shows where we are at the moment. The boys are in a good moment and we feel the crowd are with us.

“It’s a final we can really look forward to but we have a few big games first before we go there.

“It’s extremely pleasing but there’s no point going to a final if we don’t win it. It’s where we want to be.

“We want to get this club back to where it should be which is winning trophies. Newcastle are an extremely good team but it’s a big moment for us in where we want to go.”

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Reaction from Bruno Fernandes who said: “It’s really good. We reach one final [during my time here] but we unfortunately didn’t win that one. Now we have another chance.

“I’m really happy with the performance of the team and the goals we created. We did it, we won and we’re into the final so we’re really happy.”

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Anthony Martial and Fred both got on the scoresheet to earn Manchester United a 2-0 victory. They progress to Wembley 5-0 on aggregate over these two legs.

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FT Man Utd 2-0 Nottm Forest (5-0 agg)

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Full-time: Man Utd 2-0 Nottm Forest (5-0 agg)

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90+1 mins: The final whistle goes and Manchester United win the match and the tie. They’ve beaten Nottingham Forest in both legs of this Carabao Cup semi-final and are heading to Wembley.

There they’ll take on Newcastle in a dogfight for the trophy. It’s United’s 10th league cup final and Erik ten Hag’s first as a Premier League manager.

Can he bring some silverware back to Old Trafford?

Man Utd 2-0 Nottm Forest (5-0 agg)

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86 mins: Marcus Rashford lays the ball off to Fred, who hooks it into the box first time. Forest manage to head it away but only to Bruno Fernandes.

He then fizzes it dangerously across the face of the goal.

Man Utd 2-0 Nottm Forest (5-0 agg)

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82 mins: Chance! Nottingham Forest should have scored! They break down the left through Emmanuel Dennis who squares the ball across to Danilo.

He gets past Luke Shaw and smashes a shot at goal only for Tom Heaton to come to the rescue. He palms the ball away but it drops to Sam Surridge.

The goal is wide open but Surridge lifts his hurried effort over the top!

Man Utd 2-0 Nottm Forest (5-0 agg)

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79 mins: The match and the tie is over now. Manchester United are heading to Wembley to take on Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final.

They’ve dismantled Nottingham Forest over two legs and have more than 10 minutes to add to their goal tally.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof come on to replace Raphael Varane and the superb Casemiro, what a signing he has been for the Red Devils.

GOAL! Man Utd 2-0 Nottm Forest (5-0 agg) - Fred, 76'⚽️

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76 mins: One brings two! Jadon Sancho, playing centrally in the number 10 role, swings the ball out wide to Bruno Fernandes who whips a cross over to the far side of the box with the outside of his boot.

The ball drops to Marcus Rashford who volleys it across the six-yard area and Fred is wide open. He holds his ground and taps the ball home with his thigh.

GOAL! Man Utd 1-0 Nottm Forest (4-0 agg) - Martial, 73'⚽️

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73 mins: Manchester United lead! Casemiro meets a clearance from Willy Boly and plays a quick forward pass into the feet of Anthony Martial to start United flying up the pitch.

He slips the ball into the box for Marcus Rashford but Scott McKenna makes a sliding attempt at an interception. The ball hits him and bobbles back to the Frenchman who guides it into the bottom corner!

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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70 mins: Casemiro gets booked. He comes flying across the pitch and slips as he tries to tackle Emmanuel Dennis. The forward leaps above the midfielder and avoids contact but it was a heavy lunge from Casemiro and he’s shown a yellow card for dangerous play.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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67 mins: Brennan Johnson, Remo Freuler and Renan Lodi are all replaced for Nottingham Forest. Alex Mighten, Danilo and Serge Aurier have replaced them.

Close! Luke Shaw swings a corner into the middle of the box. Casemiro breaks away from Aurier and wins the header but nods his effort wide of the target.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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64 mins: Erik ten Hag wants his team to go and win this game. He’s called on reinforcements and brings on an attacking trio. Wout Weghorst, Alejandro Garnacho and Antony are all hooked with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho brought on.

This is Sancho’s first match since October.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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61 mins: Save! Garnacho carries the ball into the box and finally weaves past Williams before fizzing a shot towards the near post. Hennessey dives across and pushes the ball wide before Brennan Johnson runs it clear.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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58 mins: Alejandro Garnacho and Brennan Johnson have a bit of barney with each other off the ball. There’s some squaring up and a bit of pushing and shoving.

Garnarcho is the seeming instigator but nothing comes of it from a VAR check.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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55 mins: Scott McKenna breathes a sign of relief after a VAR check goes his way. He dallies too long on the ball inside his own box and allows Wout Weghorst to get across and poke the ball away.

McKenna follows through and kicks Weghorst’s shin sending the forward to the floor but VAR doesn’t overturn the referee’s decision of no penalty.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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51 mins: Manchester United are in cruise control. They’re knocking the ball around with seeming ease and winning it back quickly whenever Forest get possession.

Lisandro Martinez pushes up with the United attack and fizzes a shot from range high and wide.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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48 mins: Alejandro Garnacho receives the ball on the left wing and dribbles down the line. Fred makes a darting run across the box to open up space for the Argentine to nip inside.

Instead the youngster plays the ball to Fred but Willy Boly steps across him and marshalls it out of play.

Second half: Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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Nottingham Forest get the match restarted at Old Trafford. They work it over to the left wing and win an early throw in.

Can Forest score and make this tie interesting?

Nick Pope reaches his final frontier as Newcastle seek to end trophy drought

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Nick Pope will break new ground when he lines up for Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley later this month.

The 30-year-old England goalkeeper had never reached a final as a professional before doing so with Tuesday night’s victory over Southampton, with a Sky Bet League Two play-off semi-final defeat while on loan at York during the 2013-14 campaign the closest he had previously come.

Indeed, his experience of cup football had been less than enjoyable until the run which has left the Magpies just one game away from ending a wait for silverware which dates back to the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Nick Pope reaches his final frontier as Newcastle seek to end trophy drought

HT Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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Sam Surridge earned himself a yellow card for a late challenge on Raphael Varane right at the end of the half.

Fred is also on a booking.

HT Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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Half-time: Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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45+1 mins: Nothing to separate the teams on the night but Manchester United’s three goal lead is still in tact. Both sides have created decent chances in that half but the deadlock remains in tact.

Nottingham Forest are going to have to up their game. Man Utd are in the driving seat and are heading the Wembley.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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45 mins: Off the post! Antony carries the ball down the wing before passing it into Casemiro who dinks a first time cross into the centre of the box.

Weghorst is alone and gets his head to the ball. He angles it over to the back corner but rattles the ball into the post and it bounces away!

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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42 mins: Manchester United win a free kick over to the right of the Forest penalty area. Luke Shaw makes a dummy run and jumps over the ball before Bruno Fernandes cuts the ball back to him on the edge of the box.

Shaw drills one at goal but his strike hits Wout Weghorst and bounces clear!

At the other end of the pitch Brennan Johnson comes inside from the right wing and flicks a cross over to Emmanuel Dennis. He meets it on the volley but his effort hits teammate Sam Surridge and stays out.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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39 mins: Close! Willy Boly boots the ball out for another Manchester United corner. Luke Shaw’s curling cross is headed out as far as Antony who leaps above the bouncing ball and smokes a first time shot back towards goal.

It’s a sweet, sweet hit but the ball continues to rise and sails over the crossbar. Wayne Hennessey was worried for a moment there.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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36 mins: Chance! Brennan Johnson has had a quiet night so far but he’s found in a pocket of space and manages to get a shot away from inside the box.

He hits it well enough but Tom Heaten brings the ball under control without a great deal of trouble.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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33 mins: Lovely! The ball is looped over to Garnacho on the left wing and gets past Williams who slips trying to tackle the winger.

Garnacho weaves away from Remo Freuler and fizzes the ball into the six-yard area but Wayne Hennessey smothers it before Wout Weghorst can get there.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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30 mins: Save! Luke Shaw takes the free kick and curls the set piece over to the far side of the box. The ball drops onto the head of Casemiro who heads it back across goal and almost gets it in.

Wayne Hennessey drops to the floor and manages to poke the ball away with his outstretched right leg! Fine save from the Nottingham Forest goalkeeper.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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27 mins: There’s a big appeal for handball against Neco Williams as he tries to defend a Man Utd throw in. The referee waves for play to go on and Garnacho gets brought down by Scarpa.

United win a free kick in a dangerous area. It’s shooting range.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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24 mins: Varane switches the play with a pacey crossfield pass over to Garnacho on the left wing. The youngster drives at Williams and wins a corner when his cross is deflected out of play.

With Christian Eriksen out injured Bruno Fernandes is on set piece duty and swings the ball over to Emmanuel Dennis who pokes it behind for a second corner.

Manchester United 0-0 Nottingham Forest (3-0 agg)

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Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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21 mins: Forest will be pleased. They’ve made it through the first 20 minutes without conceding and have strung together a couple of decent attacks.

The first goal has to go to them, if United score then the tie is all but over.

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18 mins: Alejandro Garnacho takes on Willy Boly again but this time Neco Williams is available to help out the centre-back. Garnacho feels a flick and goes to ground looking for a penalty but the referee is unmoved.

Antony then curls one in but it’s a comfortable height for goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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15 mins: Close! Forest take a short free kick and give the ball to Scarpa on the left wing. He delivers a lovely cross into the middle and tries to find Surridge.

Varane leaps in front of the forward and nods the ball away. Manchester United are under a bit of early pressure here. It’s bee a nice start from Forest.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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12 mins: Manchester United look to get forward on the counter with Alejandro Garnacho driving the ball up the pitch. He gets all the way to the front edge of the area but Willy Boly is there to dispossess the youngster and recover the ball for Forest.

Solid defending.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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9 mins: Nottingham Forest struggled to win the ball in the first few minutes of this match but a counter-attack from Emmanuel Dennis gets them up the pitch.

They work it nicely around the edge of the penalty area and get United scrambling to defend. Sam Surridge is forced wide but the visitors maintain possession.

It’s played back into the box but Varane is there to clear.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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6 mins: Nearly! Man Utd work the ball quickly down the right side. Bruno Fernandes gives it to Antony who lays it off to a forward moving Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Wan-Bissaka flicks the ball into the penalty area to match Fernandes’ run but Forest admirably block the cross when it comes in.

Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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3 mins: Raphael Varane sends the ball across to Antony who darts inside and takes a heavy touch. The ball comes loose and Gustavo Scarpa close it down.

He boots the ball up the pitch in a no-nonsense clearance to keep United away from the penalty area.

Kick off: Man Utd 0-0 Nottm Forest (3-0 agg)

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Manchester United get the match started. No side in the history of this competition has come back from the position Nottingham Forest find themselves in.

The visitors desperately need to score the first goal.

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Here come the teams.

Bruno Fernandes once again leads out Manchester United. Will tonight’s match be a regulation outing for the home side or can Nottingham Forest halt their march to Wembley?

A late change

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Jesse Lingard has been injured in the warm-ups and Nottingham Forest are forced into a late change before kick off. Emmanuel Dennis comes in to replace him.

‘An incredibly difficult task'

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“It’s an incredibly difficult task and it’d be wrong to say otherwise,” said Nottingham Forest boss, Steve Cooper, ahead of kick off.

“We won’t be going into the game really disheartened, but instead have to treat it for what it is.

“This is a semi-final, a stage the club has not been at for a while. When you play for Nottingham Forest, it’s an honour and a privilege and you have to represent that in the best way possible.

“We have to do our best to do ourselves, the club and the supporters justice and that is all we are thinking about.”

What does Erik ten Hag expect from tonight’s match?

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‘’I just said I expect a really ambitious Nottingham Forest. They will go [hard], of course, they are well prepared but it’s up to us. As always, it’s up to us.” explained the Man Utd boss,

“It doesn’t matter which opponents we face, we have to take it seriously and, more importantly, want to be better. Better than the day before - our approach is good is not good enough.

We have to be better. The first leg was 3-0 but the game is starting tomorrow with 0-0. We want to keep the momentum going.’’

Jonjo Shelvey talks joining Forest

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Jonjo Shelvey made a surprise move on deadline day and joined Nottingham Forest from Newcastle. He explained the reason for the move saying:

“I spoke to Eddie Howe and he had such good words to say about Steve Cooper. I previously knew of him from my time at Liverpool, so I knew what a fantastic coach he was, but meeting him for the first time has been a breath of fresh air.

“He’s told me what he expects and the high standards he sets, so I can hope I can come and help the team push to stay in the Premier League.

“I’ve been in this league a long time, I know what it takes to stay up and what it takes to get a good team to gel, so I’m looking forward to getting started and working with the players that are here.”

Newcastle mix homegrown heroes and fast-paced progress to stand on the cusp of history

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Oxford and Luton have won trophies more recently than Newcastle United. So have Wimbledon and Coventry.

Since the Magpies even went to a final, fourth-division Bradford have played in one. Wigan and Birmingham, Swansea and Portsmouth have won them. There are success-starved clubs and then there is Newcastle United, a big club in terms of history and stadium and support and, now, spending power and ambition, but where no one has needed to open the trophy cabinet since the Beatles were still together, England were the reigning World Cup winners and Neil Armstrong had yet to reach the moon.

It is a long time since they won the Fairs Cup in 1969; longer still since they got major domestic silverware in 1955. Suffice to say no one had heard of Carabao then or the Saudi Public Investment Fund. Much has changed in 15 months at St James’ Park, let alone in 68 years.

Newcastle mix homegrown heroes and fast progress to stand on the cusp of history

Cooper looking forward to game

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Speaking ahead of the fixture, Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper is determined to put in a strong performance in an attempt to overturn the first leg deficit his tea faces tonight.

“It was obviously a disappointing result in the first leg and we were all frustrated but it’s the situation that we find ourselves in and we have to deal with that.

“It’s a semi final and a stage that the club hasn’t been on for a while so we’ve got to respect that, we’ve got to respect the supporters that are travelling and when you play for Nottingham Forest it’s an honour and a privilege.

“We are looking forward to the game, we have objectives that we want to try and achieve and see where it takes us. We want to come away giving what we can and show some progression on the things that we’re trying to improve on.

“We want to get a positive result, a positive performance and we have to treat the game for what it is. We want a positive result on the night and we want to bring our mentality and spirit to the game.”

Ten Hag targeting Wembley

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Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag is aiming for a spot at Wembley as he hopes to bring silverware back to Old Trafford this season.

‘’We have to go into this game with know-how, it’s another cup and we want to go to Wembley. It’s a long time ago that Manchester United went to a final, and to win the final - that is our aim.

“So we have to do everything for it and that means we have to be fully focused, full energy and a top game-plan. We face a good team, Nottingham Forest, who are having a really good run. We have to be aware of that so it’s up to us.’’

Casemiro: I am enjoying myself like a kid again

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Casemiro believes Manchester United are growing towards being title contenders and says playing for the Old Trafford giants makes him feel like an excited, wide-eyed 15-year-old again.

Having chased Frenkie de Jong and failed to land Adrien Rabiot, the Red Devils pulled off an almighty coup by signing the Brazil international from Real Madrid in the summer.

Some questioned United’s decision to pay £60million for a 30-year-old – a fee that could yet rise by £10million – and even the hunger of a player that has won so much.

But Casemiro has so far made doubters look foolish, having put in transformative midfield displays and embraced the challenge of turning the club’s fortunes around.

Casemiro: I am enjoying myself like a kid again

Ten Hag on United’s Brazilian duo

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Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielders, Fred and Casemiro, led the way into the FA Cup fifth round when they bot scored in the win against Reading last time out.

The duo start alongside each other tonight and the United boss is confident they can become a quality pairing. He said:

“I think you mentioned already in your first sermon he’s playing together with Casemiro in the Brazil squad, there’s not a worse squad in the world, they have so many choices they can make, but they play together and that tells something about the quality Fred has and what he can contribute to the team.

“You see against Tottenham and Man City, when he’s coming on last game he scores a goal, he has a lot of qualities, and they’re a good combination, Casemiro and Fred.”

Man Utd vs Nottm Forest team changes

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Erik ten Hag makes five changes to the Manchester United line-up that started the first leg last week. Tom Heaton replaces David De Gea in goal whilst Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane slot into the defence.

Fred replaces the injured Christian Eriksen in midfield and Alejandro Garnacho takes Marcus Rashford’s place on the wing.

There are also four changes to the Nottingham Forest line-up. Neco Williams and Willy Boly come in to replace Serge Aurier and Joe Worrall. In midfield Orel Mangala replaces Danilo and Jesse Lingard slots in for the injured Morgan Gibbs-White.

Man Utd vs Nottm Forest line-ups

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Man Utd XI: Heaton, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Varane, Martinez, Casemiro, Fred, Fernandes, Antony, Garnacho, Weghorst.

Nottm Forest XI: Hennessey, Williams, Boly, McKenna, Lodi, Freuler, Mangala, Scarpa, Johnson, Lingard, Surridge

‘We have the belief factor’ says Lingard

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Former Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard doesn’t believe that the semi-final tie is over despite his old club holding a three goal lead on aggregate over Nottingham Forest.

Now playing for Forest, Lingard was aked if United’s lead means this tie is over before the second leg even starts.

“Definitely not [over]. 100% definitely not,” Lingard told the BBC. “We have to have the belief factor about us, and the hunger to go and win. I think anything is possible.

!Of course, they are a good team and are playing really well this season, but we have to find that belief and motivation to go and get something there.”

Steve Cooper wants Nottingham Forest to prove themselves against Man Utd

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Steve Cooper has challenged his Nottingham Forest players to prove they can perform on the biggest stage when they head to Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Forest have little hope of overturning the 3-0 deficit from from the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against a Manchester United side who have won their last 11 home games.

But though he recognises their chance of reaching Wembley has all but gone, Cooper has set his side other objectives as he demands a performance from his players.

High among them is improving a woeful record away to the Premier League’s top four – Forest have conceded 16 goals without reply in trips to Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle and United in the league this term, including a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford in late December.

Steve Cooper wants Nottingham Forest to prove themselves against Man Utd

United’s reinforcements

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Following his transfer, Marcel Sabitzer could become the first ever Austrian to make an appearance for Manchester United in the Premier League.

As of now, Austria would be the 44th nation to represent the club in the competition.

Manchester United sign Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich

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Manchester United have signed Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich until the end of the season.

The Austria international adds to United’s midfield options after Christian Eriksen was ruled out for three months with an ankle injury.

United were quick to contact Bayern over a loan move for the versatile 28-year-old, with the German champions open to the deal. There is no option or obligation to buy included in the deal.

Manchester United sign Marcel Sabitzer on loan

Sancho’s return

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The man himself has arrived at Old Trafford. Will the forward get some minutes tonight?

Sancho back in United squad

18:30 , Michael Jones

Jadon Sancho has arrived at Old Trafford with the Manchester United squad.

The winger hasn’t played since October 22 and has been gradually rebuilding his game and his confidence even spending time in a personalised training camp in Germany.

The hope is that he can return at his best level but he’s likely to be eased back into contention and start on the bench this evening.

What happened in the first leg?

18:25 , Michael Jones

Manchester United travelled to the City Ground for the first leg of this Carabao Cup and Marcus Rashford sent them in front of Nottingham Forest with just six minutes on the clock.

Forest responded with a goal of their own but that was subsequently ruled out for offside. Wout Weghorst then netted his first goal from the Red Devils, right on the stroke of half-time before Bruno Fernandes added a third in the second half.

That means United bring a three goal cushion into tonight’s match and just need to avoid defeat to guarantee a spot at Wembley.

Erik ten Hag accuses Andy Carroll of dangerous play after Christian Eriksen injury

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Erik ten Hag has accused Andy Carroll of making a dangerous challenge that had a high risk of injuring a fellow professional after Christian Eriksen was ruled out for three months because of the Reading striker’s scissor tackle at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Manchester United manager said the former England international made three challenges that did not belong on the pitch after he was sent off in Reading’s 3-1 FA Cup defeat.

And Ten Hag said referees have a duty to protect players after Carroll was not even booked for his lunge at Eriksen, before collecting two yellow cards in five minutes for fouls on Tyrell Malacia and Casemiro.

Erik ten Hag accuses Andy Carroll of dangerous play after Christian Eriksen injury

Man Utd vs Nottm Forest prediction

18:15 , Michael Jones

Even with the expected changes to the Manchester United starting XI, there should be enough quality in the side to keep Nottingham Forest quiet.

Erik ten Hag has made Old Trafford a daunting place to travel to again and with Forest needing to score at least three goals there will be opportunities for United to get in on goal.

Manchester United 2-0 Nottingham Forest.

Man Utd vs Nottm Forest predicted line-ups

18:10 , Michael Jones

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Martinez, Varane, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Elanga, Fernandes, Garnacho; Weghorst

Nottingham Forest XI: Hennessey; Aurier, Worrall, Boly, Lodi; Mangala, Danilo, Freuler; Scarpa; Johnson, Lingard

What is the early team news?

18:05 , Michael Jones

Christian Eriksen has been ruled out for three months in what is a major blow to Manchester United, but Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho could return.

Erik ten Hag could make changes to rest players such as Marcus Rashford, with Alejandro Garnacho set for a start.

For Nottingham Forest Morgan Gibbs-White is out with an ankle injury, with Dean Henderson unavailable too meaning Jesse Lingard could come into the attack.

How to watch Man Utd vs Nottm Forest

17:58 , Michael Jones

The match will kick off at 8pm GMT on Wednesday 1st February at Old Trafford, Manchester.

It will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, with coverage starting from 7:30pm.

Man Utd vs Nottm Forest

16:27 , Michael Jones

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg as Manchester United host Nottingham Forest.

United bring a three goal lead into the match after successfully defeating Forest in the first leg of this tie at the City Ground last week. Marcus Rashford, Wout Weghorst, and Bruno Fernandes all scored to give the Red Devils a comfortable lead in this semi-final and put a trip to Wembley within their grasp.

Steve Cooper’s men face a mammoth task of overturning that lead at Old Trafford tonight. They’ll have to do so without Morgan Gibbs-White who performed brilliantly in the previous leg but has picked up an ankle injury. That could mean that Jesse Lingard starts on his return to Man Utd.

The home side are also seemingly boosted by the returns of Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho though Christian Eriksen will miss the game and is out until late April at the earliest.

We’ll have all the updates from the semi-final including team news and the build-up to kick off so stick around.