Man Utd vs Nottingham Forest prediction & odds
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Man Utd vs Nottingham Forest prediction & odds

Kick-off: 2000, 01/02/2023

Stadium: Old Trafford

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester United should be able to cruise through to the EFL Cup final after beating Nottingham Forest 3-0 away in the first leg of their semi.

With the tie already all but over, each manager is expected to make changes and that could lead to a more even contest on the night.

We reckon 19/20 for both teams to score is a good place to start with our first Man Utd vs Nottingham Forest prediction.

Manchester United Odds

Erik ten Hag has made no secret of his desire to end United’s six-year-trophy drought, consistently fielding strong sides in all competitions.

That positive approach should be rewarded with a trip to Wembley after Marcus Rashford, Wout Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes netted at the City Ground last week.

The Red Devils followed up that victory with a 3-1 win over Reading at this venue in the FA Cup, thanks to Casemiro’s double and a Fred strike.

Casemiro has been a revelation since joining from Real Madrid and has certainly done his bit to help change the culture of a club that had been drifting backwards in recent years.

“In our lives, we have to have goals and challenges,” said the 30-year-old Brazil star. “It was a challenge for me to keep growing and developing in my career.

“The job is on with a lot of humility by knowing there’s a lot to improve, but all the players need to be congratulated now.

“We’re on a good path. This is the way to win titles, but we need to keep growing.

“We know we’re progressing within a plan, step by step we’re building a well-structured team and this is important.

“To win titles in the future, you have to build a solid foundation.”

United have rattled off 11 straight wins at Old Trafford and will be keen to extend that record here.

Looking at the 11/5 for a home victory and both teams to score.

Nottingham Forest Odds

Forest were pretty poor when beaten 3-0 here in the Premier League just after Christmas but were more competitive in this competition last week, even if the end result was the same.

Sam Surridge had a goal ruled out by VAR for being marginally offside, while Morgan Gibbs-White, Gustavo Scarpa and Brennan Johnson had chances to score.

Reflecting on the first leg, Reds boss Steve Cooper admitted: “It’s a really disappointing scoreline.

“With the two-legged affair, the last thing you want to do is go to Old Trafford for the second leg with the result we got.”

He added: “We have to be very professional and set some objectives to give ourselves an opportunity and also to make sure we go into the game and come out of it in a better place than we went into it.”

Forest had previously knocked out Tottenham and Wolves either side of a fine 4-1 success at Blackburn.

They have also been improving in the league, losing just one of their last seven top-flight fixtures, so Cooper will be keen to take some positives from this tie.

We reckon they will give it a go early on and 19/5 for both teams to score in the first half is added to our Man Utd vs Nottingham Forest betting tips.

Additional stats

First-leg result:

FOREST 0-3 MAN UTD – Marcus Rashford, Wout Weghorst, Bruno Fernandes

Previous head-to-head: Man Utd 3-0 Forest

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