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Nottingham Forest vs Man Utd


Manchester United will be looking to build upon their dramatic 3-2 win over Aston Villa when they face off against Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

The comeback win against Aston Villa was the definition of ‘much more like it’ from a Man Utd perspective, but now they have to build on it and ensure the second half of the season is much better than the first has been.

A trip to face struggling Nottingham Forest presents a good chance to make it back-to-back wins at the end of 2023, exactly what Erik ten Hag will have needed. He’d be able to go into 2024 knowing there is something to work with, and he should start getting some more players back from injury, too. It may not be that simple, though, given Forest’s impressive win over Newcastle on Boxing Day.

Here is all you need to know about Nottingham Forest vs Man Utd in the Premier League.

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Anthony Elanga

Anthony Elanga is ready to prove a point / James Baylis – AMA/GettyImages

Thankfully for Nuno Espirito Santo, and perhaps damningly for Steve Cooper, Nottingham Forest are in decent health at the moment and should have almost all of their best players available for the visit of Man Utd on Saturday evening.

Serge Aurier is currently a doubt but is not ruled out of this match, but Forest will still be without Taiwo Awoniyi who has missed the bulk of the season and isn’t expected to be back until February 2024. With Chris Wood netting a hat-trick against Newcastle, you can bet he will be starting again.

Nottingham Forest predicted lineup vs Man Utd (4-2-3-1): Turner; Montiel, Niakhate, Murillo, Aina; Danilo, Sangare; Elanga, Gibbs-White, Hudson-Odoi; Wood.

Erik ten Hag, Rasmus Hojlund

Rasmus Hojlund finally has that Premier League goal / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

The fact that Daniel Gore, Hannibal Mejbri and Willy Kambwala all came on against Aston Villa shows how the depth of this Man Utd squad has been affected by injuries this season, and plenty of players remain unavailable for the trip to the east Midlands.

Sofyan Amrabat, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial could make a return, but Harry Maguire, Casemiro, Amad Diallo, Victor Lindelof, Mason Mount, Lisandro Martinez, and Tyrell Malacia are all out of the picture. Given the injuries and the good second-half display against Aston Villa, Ten Hag may be reticent to fiddle with his starting XI.

Man Utd predicted lineup vs Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1): Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Evans, Dalot; Mainoo, Eriksen; Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund.

Nottingham Forest vs Man Utd score prediction

Neither of these sides have been enjoying the 2023/24 season but they come into this match off the back of morale-boosting victories, meaning it could be a very exciting clash at the City Ground.

While they haven’t been showing it as often as they should, there are goals in both of these teams and they also both know how to concede. The Red Devils will be the favourites for all three points, but Forest could certainly grab a credible draw.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 2-2 Man Utd

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