Match Preview: Manchester United host Nottingham Forest

Manchester United host Nottingham Forest in our third match of the Premier League season on Saturday, with kick-off at 15:00 BST.

The Reds made a winning start to the campaign when Raphael Varane’s header earned a 1-0 victory over Wolves at Old Trafford.

But after the disappointment of losing 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur in our first away game last weekend, Erik ten Hag’s side will be looking to get back on track against a Forest side who lost 2-1 at Arsenal in their first match before beating Sheffield United by the same scoreline last time out.

We will also come up against a familiar face in Anthony Elanga, who will return to the Theatre of Dreams for the first time since leaving United for Forest last month

The Reds will be without Mason Mount, after our no.7 picked up an injury in the Tottenham game which is expected to keep the midfielder out until the international break next month.

This will force Ten Hag into making at least one change to his line-up, having named the same starting XI for both of our league outings so far. The manager could provide a further update on his squad when he faces the media in Friday’s pre-match press conference at Carrington, which will be shown on MUTV, and the United App as usual. 

Meanwhile, for the visitors, goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, experienced defender Felipe and full-back Omar Richards are all currently sidelined through injury. Harry Toffolo returned to the squad as an unused substitute against Sheffield United after recovering from a hernia operation and the defender could get some game time against United.

Elanga will be hoping to earn his first start for Forest, against his former club, after impressing as a sub in their opening two matches.


The two teams met four times in all competitions in 2022/23 with United winning all four games, scoring 10 goals without reply.

In the Premier League, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Fred were on target as the Reds won 3-0 at Old Trafford two days after Christmas, before goals from Antony and Diogo Dalot clinched a 2-0 success at the City Ground in mid-April.

During our journey to success in the Carabao Cup, we met Forest in the semi-finals. A comfortable 3-0 victory in the first leg at the City Ground was achieved through strikes from Rashford, Wout Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes, before Fred and Martial netted against them in M16 to seal a 5-0 aggregate triumph.

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