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Team news, squads and more from the first semi-final match of the Carabao Cup

 

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is determined to end the club’s wait for the trophy as his side take on Nottingham Forest in the League Cup quarter-finals tonight. United last won silverware in 2017 when they won the Europa League final under then-boss José Mourinho, but Ten Hag is confident he can lead the Red Devils to trophies this season.

United are the only Premier League side still playing in all four competitions, but the League Cup remains their best shot at winning the trophy. Big hitters such as Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been eliminated, with Newcastle United emerging as favorites over Southampton to exit the other semi-final after winning 1-0 in the first leg last night .

Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest had to wait even longer for a chance to win silver. Although they won the championship play-off trophy last season, you’ll have to go back to the 1980s and 90s to see Forest’s last League Cup success. Steve Cooper’s side are four points behind the Premier League relegation zone, so they can afford to field a strong team for the home game tonight. Will they be able to shock Erik ten Hag’s flying red devils?

Follow all the action as Nottingham Forest take on Manchester United in the League Cup semi-finals:

Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United

  • Nottingham Forest will host Manchester United in the semi-final of the League Cup, starting at 20:00.
  • Manchester United hope to reach the final and end the six-year wait for the trophy
  • Forest does not have goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who is unable to face his parent club.

Nottingham Forest FC – Manchester United FC

What is the first team news?

18:20 , Michael Jones

Forest will be left without Dean Henderson, who is out with a hip injury but would not have been able to play against his parent club anyway.

Chris Wood is playing in the cup after already playing for Newcastle this season. Taiwo Avoni and Moussa Niakhate were not among the injured.

The story goes on

Casemiro is available again for Manchester United after missing out on a suspension loss to Arsenal, but Diogo Dalot, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial remain out of the game.

How to watch Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United

18:15 , Michael Jones

The match starts at 20:00 GMT on Wednesday, January 25th.

It will be broadcast live on the main event of Sky Sports and Sky Sports Football from 19:00.

Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United

16:39 , Michael Jones

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s League Cup semi-final as Nottingham Forest take on Manchester United in the first leg.

Forest are hoping to shock the Red Devils after reaching the quarter-finals with a 4-3 win over Wolves on penalties. They are undefeated in three matches in all competitions and will feel confident four points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

In comparison, Manchester United will see this competition as a very winning competition now that the big guns of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal have been destroyed. Of the four teams remaining in the league cup, United are favorites to win the trophy and Erik ten Hag will aim for the trophy to complete his first year at the club and end the Red Devils’ six-year trophy-free wait.

Marcus Rashford is in great form and is due to play tonight, but Forest’s Dean Henderson will miss the match as he is not allowed to face his parent club.

We’ll be receiving all team news, fees and updates from The City Ground, so stay tuned throughout the evening.

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