Nottingham take on the visitors Manchester United in the first leg of English Football League Cup semifinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, January 25th at City Ground (Nottingham).
Nottingham Forest are starting to sign newcomers again, although it wasn't until winter, when Steve Cooper and his staff were finally able to deal with the last summer wave of recruits, so the Premier League newcomer could start to get some points. The recent underdog was able to start scoring points, and even win quite actively. As a result, it turned out not only to escape from the relegation zone, but actually to move into the middle of the standings. However, there are solid result in cup competitions, which manifested itself in previous years. No wonder it turned out to break into the semi-finals of the League Cup. Even if taking into account the fact that the rivals this winter were Blackburn and Wolverhampton. But before them, the underdog managed to knock out Tottenham, beating them 2-0.
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Manchester United had a bad last season - in fact, the term "failure" is best suited. Against such a background, it was easy to add, which was achieved by the new manager, ten Hag. But the autumn segment, although promising, did not bring the desired result in terms of the tournament position (5th in the Premier League, that is, outside the Champions League quartet), combined with the scandalous termination of the contract with Ronaldo. But after a pause, it turned out to add significantly. The Red Devils won several matches in a row, including the derby with Manchester City. Well, in the cup format it was possible to break through further. True, the calendar turned out to be very busy. And it has already affected: after 2-1 with the Citizens, the grand managed to lose points with the modest “Crystal Palace”. Moreover, there was simply not enough strength and concentration: the Glaziers scored the equalizer in 90+ minutes. And now the match will take place only on the 3rd day after the away match in London against Arsenal, which didn’t bring them points.
In December, the clubs held the first official match in this century. Then Manchester United was able to record 3-0 victory, but it was at Old Trafford. Of course, everything can be decided at the same Old Trafford in the second leg. But there is another temptation for ten Hag and his team: to close the issue now and focus on Premier League performances later. We dare to believe that it will be so: we are waiting for the Mancunians to win.
Prediction for the match: Manchester United to win.