Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.
Nottingham: Hennessey; Williams, Worrall, Boly, Toffolo; Yates, Mangala, Colback; Johnson, Awoniyi, Lingard.
In the last 5 encounters between the two teams, Manchester United proved to be completely superior with a winning record. However, this parameter does not mean much at the moment, because the last match of both took place in… 1999.
The Red Devils’ defense is still facing a relatively serious crisis, when the duo Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have not returned from the World Cup. Meanwhile, Harry Maguire and Diogo Dalot were both absent from the match against Burnley in the middle of the week due to fitness reasons, and the possibility of playing both tonight is still open.
Coach Steve Cooper’s army is facing a storm of injuries at the moment, and 4 names including Giulian Biancone, Cheikhou Kouyate, Omar Richards, Moussa Niakhate will not be able to play against Man Utd. Meanwhile, Serge Aurier and Morgan Gibbs-White were absent from the midweek game and it is still unclear whether they will return. At the same time, Dean Henderson cannot participate in tonight’s match because he is still on the payroll of Man Utd.
With a classy performance in the middle of the week against Burnley, it is clear that Marcus Rashford shows that he is still in top form after the end of the World Cup, and it is obvious that he can completely continue to shine in this match. . As mentioned, Man Utd will not have the service of a series of key players in the defense, and they will certainly need the brilliance of Casemiro to minimize the ‘firepower’ of Nottingham. .
Similar to Rashford, Nottingham’s main striker Taiwo Awoniyi shone with a goal midweek, and he will certainly enter the Man Utd clash in top form. It is expected that Nottingham will try to make the most of the weaknesses in the Reds’ defense, and this is also an opportunity for Jesse Lingard to shine on his return to Old Trafford this time. Before Blackburn, Lingard also played explosively with 1 goal and 1 assist.
Manchester United 2-1 Nottingham
After a difficult time at the beginning of the season, Man Utd is in very high form at the moment with 6 wins in the last 7 official matches, and has 4 clean sheets. With Forest, they have actually improved their performance in recent times and knocked Liverpool down in October. But in the context of having to march to Old Trafford, Lingard and his teammates will probably Hard to surprise.
It should be known that, from the beginning of the season until now, Nottingham has not won any away victories.
Huynh Phong | 09:59 December 27, 2022