Man Utd put in a big statement victory in last week’s first leg, beating Nottingham Forest 3-0 at the City Ground to all but secure their spot in the final – barring a shock comeback. The victory was the latest display of Man Utd’s growth under Erik ten Hag as they are on the brink of a first final since 2017/18.
Entering at the third round, Man Utd didn’t have the easiest of starts to the 2022/23 Carabao Cup, having to come from behind twice to beat fellow Premier League side Aston Villa. Next up, they knocked out tough opposition in Championship leaders Burnley, before beating Charlton Athletic 3-0 in the quarter-final. And, of course, there was the 3-0 victory over Forest in the semi-final first leg.
For Forest, it’s been a 31-year wait since their last cup final appearance, as they were beaten 1-0 by Man Utd in the 1992 League Cup final. And unfortunately it looks as though that wait will continue, with a mountain to climb in this second leg and Forest having already been knocked out of the FA Cup.
In the early stages of the season, the Carabao Cup was providing happiness as Forest struggled in the Premier League, though they have moved up the table in the latter. Forest were one of the 13 Premier League teams to enter the Carabao Cup in the second round and beat Grimsby Town 3-0 in the Northern section of the tournament. In the third round, they knocked out Tottenham Hotspur, before going on to beat Blackburn Rovers and then Wolverhampton Wanderers – the latter coming via penalties.
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Man Utd vs Nottingham Forest match stats
Nottingham Forest may have beaten Tottenham in the EFL Cup, while also beating Liverpool and getting a point against Chelsea in the Premier League, but Steve Cooper’s side have been struggling against the big teams this season. Forest have failed to score in five of their eight games against teams from the Big Six this season, including two 3-0 defeats to Man Utd.
Wout Weghorst found himself of the scoresheet for the first time in a Man Utd shirt in the first leg of this game, and even with a potentially rotated XI, the Dutchman will be looking to add to his tally.
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Scoreline prediction: Man Utd 2-0 Nottingham Forest
25 January 2022 – Nottingham Forest 0-3 Man Utd – EFL Cup
27 December 2022 – Man Utd 3-0 Nottingham Forest – Premier League
6 February 1999 – Nottingham Forest 1-8 Man Utd – Premier League
26 December 1998 – Man Utd 3-0 Nottingham Forest – Premier League
11 November 1998 – Man Utd 2-1 Nottingham Forest – EFL Cup
The first leg was just the second time these two clubs have faced off in the 21st century (after the Premier League meeting a month earlier), and Man Utd recorded a second consecutive 3-0 victory. Man Utd have now won eight games in a row vs Nottingham Forest since a run of three without victory between 1994 and 1995.