Nottingham Forest host Manchester United in the first leg of their League Cup semifinal on Wednesday, with these two Premier League teams both improving as the season has gone on.


Steve Cooper’s Forest have had a great resurgence in recent months and after all of their new signings after gaining promotion back to the Premier League last summer, this talented squad finally has the right balance and is gelling. Forest know they need to be level, at the very least, when this game finishes as the Tricky Trees face the very tricky task of heading to Old Trafford for the second leg. They are four games unbeaten in the Premier League and have pushed themselves away from the relegation zone with that run.

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This semifinal first leg could have come at a better for United. They lost at Arsenal 3-2 after a gruelling encounter on Sunday and Erik ten Hag would have wanted a longer turnaround time to prepare for this huge game. Still, United’s squad is deep and they have rotated it extremely well in recent weeks. Erik ten Hag wants to bring trophies back to Old Trafford and the Red Devils will be hoping to blow Forest away in the first leg to all but seal their spot in the final at Wembley.

Here’s everything you need to know for Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United at the City Ground.

How to watch Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3pm ET, Wednesday
TV Channel: ESPN+
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Key storylines & in-form players to watch

Forest have looked more solid defensively and now they have a cutting edge in attack. Brennan Johnson has delivered goals and runs in-behind and having a solid midfield foundation of Ryan Yates, Orel Mangala and Remo Freuler getting the ball to Morgan Gibbs-White is really working out. Signing Chris Wood on loan seems like a very smart piece of business.

United’s main man has been Marcus Rashford as he’s scored nine goals in nine games since the World Cup break. Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes have been excellent too, while Casemiro has been key to United looking so much better defensively.

Nottingham Forest team news, injuries, lineup options

Dean Henderson couldn’t play anyway as this game is against his parent club but he has a thigh injury which will keep him out for a month. Joint-top goalscorer Taiwo Awoniyi has a groin injury which could see him out until March, while Cheikhou Kouyate, Giulian Biancone, Omar Richards and Moussa Niakhate are all out. Chris Wood is not eligible to play as he already played for parent club Newcastle in this competition.

Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho and Diogo Dalot remain out injured, while Donny van de Beek is out for the season. Casemiro is available after his suspension so he should come straight back in to central midfield. Expect Harry Maguire, Tyrell Malacia, Fred and maybe Anthony Elanga to start too.

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