Nottingham Forest vs Man United on Sunday afternoon looking to put a disappointing result in Europe to one side.
- Location: Nottingham, England
- Stadium: City Ground
- Date: Sunday 16 April
- Kick-off Time: 16:30 BST / 11:30 ET / 08:30 PT
- Referee: Simon Hooper
- VAR: Andy Madley
Nottingham Forest vs Man United: Match Preview:
Nottingham Forest came into the 2022/23 season as one of the favourites to go back down to the EFL Championship. But the Tricky Trees have produced some surprise results, including wins over Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. However, Steve Cooper’s men are currently on a nine-game winless run stretching back to early February. And they have thus dropped into the relegation zone.
On the other hand, Manchester United were one of the most in-form teams after the World Cup and hardly dropped points in the Premier League. But the Red Devils have blown hot and cold in the last six weeks, winning five of their last nine games. The latest setback came in the 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League, which came with two casualties.
Manchester United and Nottingham Forest have met each other thrice this season already. And the Tricky Trees are yet to find the back of the net, with the Red Devils scoring eight goals.
Forest’s large squad has a number of injured players, with Chris Wood, Willy Boly and Dean Henderson among the confirmed absentees. There are further doubts over the availability of Cheikhou Kouyate, Renan Lodi, Gustavo Scarpa and Emmanuel Dennis.
Cooper’s side managed just two shots on target in the 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa and a change could be made up front with Taiwo Awoniyi coming in.
Casemiro is available for domestic duty again having served his suspension but manager Erik ten Hag has a number of issues to deal with after Thursday’s draw with Sevilla.
Martinez and Varane may miss out, leaving the returning Luke Shaw to partner Harry Maguire in central defence. Marcus Rashford is already out, leaving Ten Hag to choose between Wout Weghorst and Anthony Martial up front.
Bruno Fernandes is suspended for the trip to Sevilla next week so will likely start here.
Nottingham Forest vs Man United: Head to Head:
Manchester United have a good historical record against Nottingham Forest and have won 51 out of the 108 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Nottingham Forest’s 33 victories.
The previous game between these two teams at the City Ground in the Premier League ended in an 8-1 victory for Manchester United in 1999, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scoring four goals.
Manchester United have won their last nine matches against Nottingham Forest in all competitions and have won all three matches between the two teams this season.
Manchester United have won their last six matches against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League and have scored at least three goals in each of these games.
Nottingham Forest predicted lineup (3-4-2-1): Navas; Worrall, Felipe, Niakhate; Williams, Shelvey, Freuler, Toffolo; Gibbs-White, Johnson; Awoniyi.
Man Utd predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Shaw, Malacia; Casemiro, Fernandes; Antony, Sabitzer, Sancho; Weghorst.
NOF vs MU: Fantasy XI
Navas; Felipe, Niakhate,Maguire, Freuler,Casemiro, Fernandes; Antony,Johnson; Awoniyi, Sancho.