15 mins – Forest 0 Man Utd 1
Forest with their best break of the game as Gibbs-White finds Lodi, but his pass towards the right corner flag is overhit and United win the ball back again.
United’s time to make a mistake as Eriksen overhits a pass trying to find a Marcus Rashford run and it’s a home goal kick.
13 mins – Forest 0 Man Utd 1
Antony with another good chance after Fernandes finds him in space in the box. He favours his left foot here, as expected, and it’s high and wide and a little poor.
12 mins – Forest 0 Man Utd 1
Again, a little too easy for the visitors at the moment. So much space and time in the middle of the park. A little bit more congested in the final third, but Forest just static and without much of the ball at all in the opening 13 minutes.
9 mins – Forest 0 Man Utd 1
Forest have a little bit of attacking joy and win a corner, the first of the game for either side.
7 mins – Forest 0 Man Utd 1
Antony now has a crack from just inside the right-edge of the box, curls it in with his left foot and it goes just beyond the far post…
Forest look a bit at sea at the moment.
GOAAAAL! RASHFORD WITH THE OPENER
Rashford picks the ball up on the left wing in his own half, he runs into space, and then through two Forest defenders – Worrall and Freuler – with ease, then into the box, and then slots into the near post with his left foot past the outstretched arm of Wayne Hennessey!
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Forest 0 Man Utd 1
4 mins – Nottingham Forest 0 Man Utd 0
United in black and white and Forest in their usual red and white. The home side win a throw-in on the right touchline about 40 yards out from goal. United try and play out from the back and down the left through Rashford…
2 mins – Nottingham Forest 0 Man Utd 0
United look like getting a shot on goal through Rashford, who finds Eriksen on the edge of the box but then the Dane’s pass is awry. Fernandes then breaks through on the left after a defensive lapse right in the box, drives to the byline and sends in a dangerous cross but Hennessy clears.
We are under way at the City Ground.
Just before kick-off
A minute’s silence for holocaust memorial day.
Kick-off just five minutes away
Predictions? Hard to see past the visitors overall, but Forest will be up for it. They may as well have a go.
That’s enough about United for now
Read from John Percy, an interview with Nigel Clough, who recalls the City Ground glory years and a competition upon which his father and Nottingham Forest built a lasting legacy.
Erik ten Hag speaks
He says Luke Shaw is out of the squad through illness and it is not sure whether he’ll be back for the weekend.
Erik ten Hag tells Marcus Rashford to snub PSG and stay at Manchester United
Read more from James Ducker on Rashford’s situation here.
The last time these two teams met at the City Ground
It was 24 years ago… and Manchester United, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a substitute, ran riot.
The Norwegian came on as a sub with 18 minutes to play and scored four goals in 14 minutes. Forest ended the season bottom of the league with just seven wins.
How they got here
Third round: 4-2 vs Aston Villa
Fourth round: 2-0 vs Burnley
Quarter-finals: 3-0 vs Charlton Athletic
Second round: 0-3 vs Grimsby Town
Third round: 2-0 vs Tottenham Hotspur
Fourth round: 1-4 vs Blackburn Rovers
Quarter finals: 1-1 (4-3 on penalties) vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Starting XI: Hennessy, Worrall, Gibbs-White, Surridge, Johnson, Freuler, Aurier, McKenna, Danilo, Scarpa, Lodi
Substitutes: Smith, Cook, Mangala, Williams, Colback, Lingard, O’Brien, Dennis, Boly
Starting XI: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Martinez, Malacia, Casemiro, Eriksen, Antony, Fernandes, Rashford, Weghorst
Substitutes: Fred, Varane, Heaton, Pellistri, Williams, Elanga, McTominay, Garnacho, Mainoo
Erik ten Hag arrives at the City Ground
Often a stern-looking man, Mr Ten Hag.
We will have team news in a moment.
What they are all playing for
Forest and United are two of the most successful clubs in the competition’s history, with the latter having won it five times and the former four times, with a total of 15 final appearances.
Welcome to our live coverage for tonight’s second Carabao Cup semi-final, first-leg game between Nottingham Forest and Manchester United. It might be too much to say that Newcastle United have one foot in the final at Wembley after yesterday’s 1-0 win at Southampton, but there is an opportunity for either side tonight to take a big step towards some silverware.
Clearly, Manchester United are big favourites to win the overall tie and indeed Forest are outsiders for tonight at 5/1, with the draw 3/1 and an away win at 8/13. The two last met in the league on December 27, with United running out 3-0 winners at Old Trafford.
Since a painful 4-0 loss to Leicester at the beginning of October, their domestic form has been pretty decent for a newly-promoted side with 16 games played, six wins, six draws and four losses. It has been helped by their run to their first domestic semi-final since the 1991/92 League Cup, when they eventually lost to tonight’s opponents in the final (below).
After a dodgy start to their first Premier League campaign for decades (four points from their first eight games), they now stand 13th and six points off the relegation zone after picking up 17 points from their next 12. They are still not out of the relegation fight just yet, though.
Manchester United have enjoyed a recent revival, too, although the start to their domestic season was a little shorter-lived. Erik ten Hag has turned a club in crisis into a team that at least looks like it has half an idea what they’re doing. They are far from the finished article, with some areas that need addressing. Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Arsenal highlighted those deficiencies and how far they are behind the league leaders.
Still, although progress in the league is the benchmark, the club has not won a trophy since 2017’s Europa League (which followed the League Cup the same season and the FA Cup the season before). As Erik ten Hag said last week, for a club of this size and history that is not acceptable and the Carabao Cup offers them a chance to pick up some silverware in the next month or so.