It seems like it’s a losing battle for Nottingham Forest as they travel to Manchester United for their EFL Cup semi final second leg on Wednesday.
United cruised to an emphatic 3-0 away victory in the first leg courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford, Wout Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes.
No team to hold a three-goal lead from the first leg of an EFL Cup semi-final has ever been eliminated, giving United hope ahead of the fixture.
The only time Nottingham reached the EFL Cup finals was in 1982 and as fate would have it, they lost to Manchester United.
United have not won the English League Cup since the 2016/17 season under Jose Mourinho and have a total of 5 trophies in the competition.
Ten Hag is now potentially only 180 minutes away from clinching Man United’s first piece of silverware since 2017, and the prospect of a domestic cup double is still alive too.
Not since the 1994-95 Premier League season have the Nottingham travelled home from Old Trafford with a victory to their name.
Man United have scored six goals in their last two matches in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup and have conceded only one goal during this period.
Can Nottingham make English football history and pull off a comeback against the Red Devils?
What time does Man United vs Nottingham start?
The game kicks off at 11pm Kenyan time at Old Trafford.
Man United vs Nottingham team news
With the commanding 3-0 advantage, Ten Hag is expected to make quite a few changes to the squad in a rotation attempt.
Alejandro Garnacho will start up front and is likely to be joined by Jadon Sancho and Anthony Martial in the final third.
Fred and Anthony Elanga are also expected to get a place in the starting XI, alongside Casemiro in midfield.
For the visitors, they are expected to field their strongest XI with the exception of the injured Moussa Niakhate, Giulian Biancone, Taiwo Awoniyi, Cheikhou Kouyate, Omar Richards and Dean Henderson.
Man United vs Nottingham head to head
Manchester United have an impressive record against Nottingham Forest and have won 50 out of the 107 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Nottingham Forest’s 33 victories.
Man United vs Nottingham current form
United have won 3 games in their last 5, losing once and drawing another while their opponents have won twice, lost twice and shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth.
Man United vs Nottingham prediction
Despite having a comfortable lead, the hosts are expected to come out flying and will pile the pressure on Nottingham. Both teams are expected to score but United are tipped to win yet again.