The second Carabao Cup semi-final starts tonight with the City Ground hosting two clubs, in Forest and United, with plenty of prestige in this competition. The hosts have lifted the trophy four times and are on their first trip to the final four since the heady days of Brian Clough.
As for Man United, their 2017 triumph was their fifth Carabao Cup victory and their most recent domestic trophy lift – creating a relatively long, dark spell for the club that Erik ten Hag is desperate to end. Therefore, it would not be a surprise to see a strong team selected by the Dutchman with Casemiro back from a ban.
Since a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford in late December, Forest have lost just one of six games as Steve Cooper’s side assert themselves at the top level. Follow Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United live via Standard Sport’s match blog!
Predicted Manchester United XI: Heaton; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Malacia; Fred, Casemiro; Antony, Fernandes, Garnacho; Weghorst.
Early Man United team news
The visitors will again be without Anthony Martial, Diogo Dalot and Jadon Sancho as confirmed by Erik ten Hag.
Tom Heaton and new signing Jack Butland are competing to start in goal.
Predicted Nottingham Forest XI: Hennessey; Aurier, Worrall, Boly, Lodi; Mangala, Freuler, Colback; Gibbs-White; Wood, Johnson.
Early Nottingham Forest team news
Ryan Yates is a doubt due to illness but otherwise there are no new injuries for Forest. Loanee Chris Wood could continue up front for Forest after joining in response to Taiwo Awoniyi’s injury.
Danilo is another recent addition hoping to be included following a debut off the bench on the weekend. Dean Henderson is both injured and ineligible, so Wayne Hennessey will continue in goal.
How to watch
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised live on Sky Sports Main Event and Football, with coverage starting at 7pm ahead of an 8pm GMT kick-off.
Live stream: Fans can also catch the game live online via the Sky go app.
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Nottingham Forest face Manchester United in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tonight.
Kick-off comes at 8pm GMT from the City Ground with both clubs looking to cap what have, so far, been fine seasons with a trip to Wembley.
Keep tuned to Standard Sport’s matchday blog right here for all the build-up, live match action and reaction!
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