Nottingham Forest vs Man Utd LIVE: Latest Carabao Cup semi-final updates

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Erik ten Hag aims for silverware in Carabao Cup

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

United are the only Premier League side to still compete in all four competitions, but the Carabao Cup remains their best chance of winning a trophy. Big players like Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal are all out and Newcastle United are favorites over Southampton to progress to the other semi-final after their 1-0 win in the first leg last night.

Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest have had to wait even longer for a chance to win some silverware. Although they won the Championship play-off trophy last season, you have to travel back to the 1980s and 1990s for Forest’s most recent success in the League Cup. Steve Cooper’s side are four points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone, so can afford to field a strong side for their home game tonight. Will they succeed in shocking Erik ten Hag’s flying Red Devils?

Follow all the action as Nottingham Forest host Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-final:

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The history of the League Cup at Nottingham Forest provides motivation, claims Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper says Nottingham Forest’s history is something the people who currently work at the club embrace and want to use as motivation to create “new moments”.

Forest’s roll of honor includes a league title and two European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough, who also saw them win four League Cups.

On Wednesday, they play in the semi-finals of the latter competition for the first time in 31 years, taking on Manchester United in the first leg at home before heading to Old Trafford for the second leg a week later.

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The history of the League Cup at Forest

Nottingham Forest last reached the final of this competition in 1992, where they lost to Manchester United at Wembley.

They start this game in good form, although they have lost only two of their last 11 games. That 1992 defeat was the most recent of their last six appearances in a competition they won four times between 1978 and 1990.

Can Forest win it again this year?

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Ten Hag wants to bring back the winning feeling at Man Utd

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag wants to bring the ‘winning feeling’ back to the club after the Red Devils lifted their last piece of silverware nearly six years ago.

“It’s the best feeling,” he said. “I’ve been lucky enough to win some trophies in my career and that’s great, especially for the fans.

“It’s so great and I think the fans here have some experience, especially the older ones. But now it’s a period when Manchester United didn’t win trophies and it’s been too long.

“We are aware of that fact and we have to do everything we can to get a trophy.”

Michael JonesJanuary 25, 2023 6:45 PM

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Erik ten Hag tells Marcus Rashford to reject PSG and make Manchester United great again

PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi said in December that he would like to sign Rashford, particularly on a free transfer next summer. United subsequently activated a one-year contract extension and are in talks with him over a longer deal.

Manager Ten Hag said his top scorer remains with the club he supported as a boy and his tactics are helping Rashford, who has scored nine goals in his last nine games, find the most prolific form of his career.

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Cooper on playing in the semifinals of the Carabao Cup

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper says tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final is an ‘opportunity to enjoy’ for his players and fans.

The manager says his team will be committed to both legs and will try to reach the final of a competition they have a lot of history in.

“Making it an opportunity to enjoy is a big focus of ours. We are proud to have reached the final stage of an important competition and the club has a good history so we need to do what it takes to do well and do our best to deliver.” said Kuiper,

“It’s going to be a tough couple of games, we’re only focused on the first leg at the moment, so we need to push in and pull out or it’s going to be even harder.

“We have to recognize that these games may not be too common and we have had to work hard to get here. We look forward to it, embrace it and attack it our way.

“This club has a good history in the league, but we want to create more memories for the supporters as it is our first League Cup semi-final in a long time.

“We have to focus on the draw and be ready to give everything we’ve got.”

Michael JonesJanuary 25, 2023 6:35 PM

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Prediction Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United

Steve Cooper’s side will draw confidence from their win over Wolves in the previous round via penalties, but they are missing key personnel – not least goalkeeper Dean Henderson who is unable to play against his parent club.

Manchester United, meanwhile, will see this as a game they can win and Erik ten Hag will undoubtedly choose a fairly strong starting line-up to ensure his team wins this first leg.

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Manchester United.

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What is the early team news?

Forest will have to do without Dean Henderson, who is out with a thigh injury but could not have played against his parent club.

Chris Wood is in the cup having already played for Newcastle in the league this season. Taiwo Awoniyi and Moussa Niakhate are among the injury absentees.

Casemiro is available again for Manchester United after missing the defeat to Arsenal due to suspension, but Diogo Dalot, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial remain out.

Michael JonesJanuary 25, 2023 6:20 PM

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How to watch Nottingham Forest vs Man Utd

The competition kicks off on Wednesday, January 25 at 8:00 PM GMT.

It will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, broadcasting from 7pm.

Michael JonesJanuary 25, 2023 6:15 PM

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Nottingham Forest v Manchester United

Hello and welcome to The Independents coverage of tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final as Nottingham Forest host Manchester United in the first leg.

Forest will be hoping to cause a shock to the Red Devils after reaching the last four via a 4-3 penalty shootout win against Wolves. They are unbeaten in three games in all competitions and will draw confidence from a four-point lead over the Premier League relegation zone.

By comparison, Manchester United will see this as a very winnable league now that the big guns of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been knocked out. Of the four remaining teams in the league cup, United are the favorites to lift the trophy and Erik ten Hag will be aiming for some silverware to crown his first year at the club and end the Red Devils’ six-year wait .

Marcus Rashford is in good form and should play tonight, but Forest’s Dean Henderson will have to miss it as he is not allowed to play against his parent club.

We’ve got all the team news, build-up and updates from The City Ground, so stay with us all night.

Michael JonesJanuary 25, 2023 4:39 PM

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