Manchester United host Nottingham Forest in their first Premier League game since terminating Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract.
The Red Devils had a drama-filled ending to the first half of the season but will aim to move on with a positive return to action.
Erik ten Hag’s side have started to click and can move level with the top four if they beat Forest on Tuesday, exclusively live on talkSPORT.
The East Midlands outfit lifted themselves off the bottom of the table before the break after beating Crystal Palace.
Steve Cooper’s men can now move out of the drop zone if they can pull off a shock result at Old Trafford.
Man United vs Nottingham Forest: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League tie will be played on Tuesday, December 27.
Kick-off at Old Trafford is scheduled for 8pm.
talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game presented by Adrian Durham.
Commentary will then be provided by Ian Danter and former England defender Micky Gray.
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Man United vs Nottingham Forest: Team news
Harry Maguire missed out on Man United’s 2-0 win against Burnley in midweek through illness but has returned to training.
Centre-back duo Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane are doubts with neither returning to the club yet after playing in the World Cup final.
Casemiro started in the middle of defence last time out due to the limited options at the back for ten Hag.
But Diogo Dalot is a major doubt after suffering an injury at the World Cup.
Brennan Johnson scored a brace in the Carabao Cup and is expected to be a part of the front line for Forest.
Although, Cooper’s side will be missing Cheikhou Kouyate for at least two months after tearing his hamstring for Senegal in Qatar.
He joins Moussa Niakhate, Omar Richards and Gulian Biancone on the sidelines.
Man United vs Nottingham Forest: What has been said?
Red Devils boss Ten Hag looked ahead to his side’s game against Forest after progressing through to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
He said: “We scored two goals, we had to score many more goals, a clean sheet, although we also created some good chances for them I would say.
“But from this point on we have to step up, we have to do better, we have great ambitions and we have to do better against Forest, that’s clear.”
Man United vs Nottingham Forest: Match facts
- Nottingham Forest’s Jesse Lingard scored 20 goals in 149 Premier League appearances for Manchester United between 2014 and 2022 – this could be his first ever game against his former side in the competition.
- Manchester United have scored more goals from fast breaks than any other side in the Premier League this season (5). These goals account for 25% of their total so far this term (5/20), also a league-high.
- Nottingham Forest have failed to score in their last five Premier League away games – it’s their longest run without an away goal in league football since a run of seven between September and November 1970.
- With just two points and a goal difference of -18, Nottingham Forest have the worst away record in the Premier League so far this season. They’ve scored just once in their seven away games so far, with Brennan Johnson netting in a 1-1 draw at Everton.
- Manchester United have won four of their last five Premier League home games (D1), keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three. They last went four consecutive home league games without conceding between February-June 2020.
- Nottingham Forest have won their final league game in just one of the last eight calendar years (D2 L5), beating Wigan Athletic 1-0 at home in their last match in 2019.
- Manchester United have lost just six of their 89 Premier League home games against promoted sides (W68 D15) – against Nottingham Forest (December 1994), Derby (April 1997), Middlesbrough (December 1998), Bolton (October 2001), Norwich (December 2015) and Cardiff (May 2019).
- Nottingham Forest have conceded more Premier League goals against Manchester United than they have against any other opponent (31). 24 of these goals have come in their last five against the Red Devils, having shipped just seven in their first five.
- Nottingham Forest have lost four of their five Premier League away games against Manchester United, with the exception being a 2-1 win in December 1994 as a promoted side. That victory accounted for 50% of the total goals Manchester United conceded at Old Trafford in the league that season.
- Manchester United have won their last six meetings with Nottingham Forest in all competitions, with this their first game against them since an 8-1 win at the City Ground in February 1999.
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