The second Carabao Cup semi-final starts tonight with the City Ground hosting two clubs, in Forest and United, with plenty of prestige in this competition. The hosts have lifted the trophy four times and are on their first trip to the final four since the heady days of Brian Clough.
As for Man United, their 2017 triumph was their fifth Carabao Cup victory and their most recent domestic trophy lift – creating a relatively long, dark spell for the club that Erik ten Hag is desperate to end. Therefore, it would not be a surprise to see a strong team selected by the Dutchman with Casemiro back from a ban.
Since a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford in late December, Forest have lost just one of six games as Steve Cooper’s side assert themselves at the top level. Follow Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United live via Standard Sport’s match blog!
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13 mins: Antony again pops up on the right flank and goes onto his left… poor. No worry at all for the goalkeeper.
10 mins: Forest win a first corner yet it’s all a bit of a scrap and Rashford bombs forward in another counter.
It’s worked to Eriksen and Worrall stretches to clear the cross. United looking dangerous…
8 mins: Ten Hag will be delighted with his side’s start, they’ve looked really quick and sharp on the ball.
Antony attempts to add another as he cuts inside to shoot, but is just off target.
GGGOOOOAAALLLLL! Nottingham Forest 0-1 Man United
6 mins: RASHFORD!
The in-form winger picks up the ball and sets out on a run, and quite frankly good luck stopping him!
Forest are powerless as he strides forward and buries his effort. Advantage United.
3 mins: Sloppy from Worrall to concede the ball to Fernandes in his own box.
Diving in, the United man gives him the slip and McKenna is there to clear the cross.
1 min: United on the front foot quickly, in white and black away kit to Forest’s red and white.
The Carabao Cup semi-final first leg between Nottingham Forest and Manchester United begins!
A moment of silence ahead of the match
The City Ground falls silent to recognise Holocaust Memorial Day.
Countdown to kick-off
Next up, the players will arrive into a vociferous atmosphere in the East Midlands.
One of the big wildcards tonight is how Danilo will get on in his debut…