Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United LIVE commentary: English giants clash in Carabao Cup semi-final as both look to end trophy droughts – kick-off time, team news and talkSPORT coverage

    Nottingham Forest welcome Manchester United to the City Ground on Wednesday night as both sides chase silverware.

    The Tricky Trees and Red Devils meet in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final this week as the race for this season’s first trophy heats up.

    Marcus Rashford scored in a 3-0 win over Forest last month


    Marcus Rashford scored in a 3-0 win over Forest last month

    United are in good form despite their 3-2 loss to Arsenal at the weekend and Erik ten Hag is determined to win something this year.

    The Red Devils haven’t won a trophy since Jose Mourinho was at Old Trafford, so the Carabao Cup is important.

    Meanwhile, Forest look much better since the mid-season break and are looking to make it to their first domestic cup final since 1992 and haven’t won a major trophy since 1990.

    Steve Cooper’s men have been excellent at home all season and are unbeaten in their last eight at the City Ground, so will feel they can win and take a lead to Old Trafford next week.

    Nottingham Forest v Manchester United: talkSPORT coverage

    This Carabao Cup semi-final first leg is set to take place on Wednesday, January 25.

    Kick-off at the City Ground is scheduled for 8pm.

    talkSPORT will have live coverage from Trentside, with coverage starting at 7pm.

    Adrian Durham will serve as your host, while Sam Matterface and former Forest defender Stuart Pearce will provide commentary.

    To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

    You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    Steve Cooper finally appears to know his best team after an influx of summer arrivals


    Steve Cooper finally appears to know his best team after an influx of summer arrivals

    Nottingham Forest v Manchester United: Team news

    Forest will be without a large number of players, including Dean Henderson.

    The goalkeeper would have been ineligible even if he was fit, but he is out with a thigh injury, meaning Wayne Hennessey will deputise.

    Taiwo Awoniyi, Cheikhou Kouyate, Omar Richards, Moussa Niakhate and Giulian Biancone are also out.

    Meanwhile, new man Chris Wood is cup-tied after playing for Newcastle earlier in the competition.

    Ryan Yates was also withdrawn against Bournemouth due to an illness, so we could see Danilo make his first start.

    The visitors will have Casemiro back after his one-game ban, but Axel Tuanzebe and Donny van de Beek will play no part.

    Jadon Sancho is back in first-team training but won’t be considered.

    Ten Hag said: “All the players who were not available for the Arsenal game, so Dalot, Martial, Sancho, are also not available for tomorrow.”

    Casemiro should be straight back into Man United’s starting XI

    Casemiro should be straight back into Man United’s starting XI

    Nottingham Forest v Manchester United: What has been said?

    Ten Hag speaking after United’s defeat to Arsenal: “I am annoyed and I also told the players: ‘If you want to win trophies, titles, you have to change our mentality because it’s not possible that you are in a top game making three such big mistakes where you concede’.

    “Then especially the last goal, you have to feel the game. At that point, a point was the maximum.

    “Then you have to take the point and you can’t give such a goal away like we did. And on top level, you can’t win trophies. It was like a pack of cards with the goals we concede.”

    Nottingham Forest v Manchester United: Match facts

    • Manchester United have won all three of their League Cup meetings with Nottingham Forest – 4-0 in 1982-83 (quarter-final), 1-0 in 1991-92 (final) and 2-1 in 1998-99 (fourth round). 
    • Nottingham Forest have lost their last seven meetings with Man Utd in all competitions – they’ve never lost eight in a row against an opponent before. This is their first home game against the Red Devils since an 8-1 defeat in February 1999. 
    • Nottingham Forest have progressed from all six of their League Cup semi-final ties, with this their first appearance in the last four since 1991-92. It’s the best 100% progression rate in the competition’s history. 
    • This will be Manchester United’s 17th appearance in the League Cup semi-finals, with only Liverpool appearing in more (18). They could become the second side to reach the final of the competition on 10 occasions, along with Liverpool (13). 
    • Nottingham Forest have lost just one of their last 10 home League Cup games (W7 D2), going down 4-0 against Wolves in the second round last season. 
    • Manchester United have won their last five away League Cup games, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last four. It’s their longest run of away wins in the competition’s history. 
    • Nottingham Forest are the highest scorers in this season’s League Cup so far (10 goals), while no side has had more different goalscorers than Forest in the competition this term (7). 
    • Marcus Rashford has scored nine goals in his last 10 League Cup games, including four in three appearances this season. The last Manchester United player to score 5+ goals in a single League Cup campaign was Carlos Tévez in 2008-09 (6). 


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