United close to the EFL Cup final

United close to the EFL Cup final

No one now remembers the hesitant start of Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United, those early season defeats that put everything in doubt as his project began, already close to the first League Cup final, approaching on Wednesday with a decisive victory in Nottingham against Forest, whom he tamed and beat with the goals of Rashford, Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes.

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There’s still the second leg in a week at Old Trafford, but the three-goal lead is proof of the tie, awaiting just a performance from Nottingham Forest at the Theater of Dreams; an unimaginable achievement today as the game was and as it is Unitedwho records 10 wins at home.

They have not lost there in the Europa League since September, when the Real society they defeated a team then still under construction and now consolidated 0-1.

In between that home leg, the 0-3 with which Manchester United finished the victory at the City Ground in Nottingham means practical standings; It is true that with the warning that Forest’s reaction to 0-1 was represented, with a goal even annulled by VAR, so much so that once the Red Devils reached 0-2, their disappearance was obvious.

Marcus Rashford is unquestionable today. Ten goals in his last ten games since returning from Qatar 2022 They describe the attacker’s moment, dynamic, fast, effective, unattainable in the 6th minute when he still controlled the ball in his own half, on the right wing of the attack, to lead with irrepressible determination, without looking back.

Suddenly he saw so much room to run that he finally decided to go it all alone, with a frantic drive of nine right-hand touches, including a lucky one between two opponents, until he entered the area. The tenth, already with the left, was the definition with which he shook the game, with a 0-1 whose value is very high.

Rashford’s move, for all the qualities he possesses, produced invaluable merit, but in his individual play, in his run interrupted by two defenders who were too condescending, there is also much disadvantage from the Nottingham Forest for all the country he conceded at one end of the international’s abilities.

Then Antony aimed for 0-2, which would have been devastating for Forest, who then woke up. In each of the sectors, in each of the mechanisms, in each of the factors by which an inferior team is able to defeat a much superior team, the local bloc again came to the opposite goal. It didn’t match by a few inches, the difference the VAR visualized to undo the goal Sam Surridge had scored.

United did not forgive. On the verge of half-time, after a long absence from the other area, Casemiro’s charge and Antony’s shot, cleared by Hennesey, enabled the final, irrefutable shot from Wout Weghorst, who made his debut as the goalscorer for the ‘ Red Devils’ to the third game, to expressly distance themselves from the difference in punch between Nottingham Forest and the resources managed by Erik Ten Hag.

The draw was not judged before as the crosshead deflected the formidable shot Christian Eriksenanother great footballer that Manchester United have, with a second-half route for Alejandro Garnacho and Facundo Pellistri, with no surprises beyond a threatening final by Forest and with the final 0-3 by Bruno Fernandes, heading to the final at Wembley against Newcastle or Southampton… barring a disaster in the second leg at Old Trafford.

Source: El heraldo