Manchester United 3-0 Nottingham Forest: Marcus Rashford scored one goal and set up another in an easy win

Marcus Rashford scored a goal and assisted another to lead Manchester United to a 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest, moving one point away from fourth-placed Tottenham in the English Premier League.

United’s preparations were disrupted by a virus that left Raphael Varane, who had just returned from the World Cup with France, as the only decent center back, with Erik ten Hag having to use left-back Luke Shaw at his side.

But Forest rarely tested their makeshift backline, and in United’s first Premier League game since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, Rashford took center stage, powering in the opening goal from Christian Eriksen’s clever corner in the 19th minute, and then netting Anthony Martial’s second shortly afterwards. short. .

Forest’s Ryan Yates scored a goal ruled out for offside by VAR shortly before half-time, but United were otherwise in control and sealed the win when the excellent Casemiro grabbed the ball high up the pitch and fed substitute Fred, who fired home with a powerful hat-trick. minutes of time.

The victory ensures that United will resume their Premier League campaign in the best way possible, narrowing the gap against Tottenham while chasing fourth place, while Forest remains in nineteenth place, a point away from safety.

Player ratings

Manchester United: De Gea (7), Wan-Bissaka (7), Varane (7), Shaw (7), Malaysia (7), Casemiro (9), Eriksen (7), Fernandez (7), Anthony (6) and Martial (7) 7) Rashford (8).

Submarines: Van de Beek (6), Garnacho (6), Maguire (6), Elanga (unknown).

Nottingham Forest: Hennessey (7), Aurier (6), Worrall (5), Boly (6), Freuler (6), Lodi (6), Mangala (6), Yates (6), Lingard (6), Johnson (5), Awnyi (5).

Submarines: O’Brien (6), Surig (6), Toffolo (6), Dennis (6), Williams (unknown).

man of the match Casemiro

How United cruised to victory

The warning signs were there for Nottingham Forest from the first few minutes of the game, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tyrell Malacia finding space on the wings, the latter seeing a powerful effort converted to the post by Wayne Hennessey.

The goalkeeper, who was on loan against his parent club Dean Henderson, was lucky the shot didn’t hit the net instead of hitting the straight ball, but United didn’t have to wait long for the breakthrough.

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  • Man United were without Victor Lindelof and Scott McTominay due to a virus, with Harry Maguire just enough off the bench as Raphael Varane rushed to the defence.
  • Jesse Lingard started against his former club Nottingham Forest while Wayne Hennessy was picked in goal, with Dean Henderson unable to face his parent club.

Rashford’s goal, first dispatched after a pre-rehearsed corner kick routine, made it the fifth in his last eight United appearances either side of the World Cup – where he also scored three times for England – and he subsequently turned striker Martial.

Hennessey should have done better with Martial’s low effort, and the Welsh international lost despite tackling the shot, but the goal was capped by a home side counter-kick that Casemiro kicked off by earning a penalty near the sideline.

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Marcus Rashford celebrates with Anthony Martial at Old Trafford

United looked in complete control heading into the half-time but were faced with a foul when Yeats’ unmarked goal was ruled out after a free-kick, his header found to hit Willy Boly in an offside position before beating David de Gea. .

Forest started the second half brighter, but the best chances continued to fall to United, as Hennessey denied Anthony, Martial, Rashford and Casemiro.

Fili Boli only found the net for his efforts to be ruled offside by the VAR
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Fili Boli only found the net for his efforts to be ruled offside by the VAR

Forest’s best chance to pull a goal back came when Brennan Johnson attempted a volley from De Gea at his near post, but United sealed the win in style.

Casemiro, who was excellent at both ends of the field over the course of the game, showed remarkable alertness to intercept a Forest pass as they tried to counter-attack, then played in Fred, who found his brilliant finish to the far corner, capping it off satisfactorily. Night work for the hosts.

Fred scored the third goal for Manchester United against Nottingham Forest
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Fred scored the third goal for Manchester United against Nottingham Forest

Tin Hag happy but target engagements

Eric ten Hag said the BBCWe didn’t concede any goals, we kept a clean sheet. We’re happy about that because it’s always the rule of the competition. We could have scored more goals for sure.

“We had some great attacks, a lot of movement. When you have one against a goalkeeper, you have to score more goals.”

And about Marcus Rashford’s performance, he added: “It wasn’t just Rashford, but I’m really happy with his performance again. He’s in a really good style and if he continues in this style and spirit, it’s good for us and good for him.”

He added regarding United’s plans for the January transfer window Amazon Prime: “We are looking for attacking players. We are looking for a striker.

“We are always in the market, but it has to comply with sporting standards as well as financial standards. We do what we can to bring in the players we need.”

Rashford rose from the silverware

Marcus Rashford celebrates after opening the scoring for Manchester United against Nottingham Forest
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Marcus Rashford celebrates after opening the scoring

Marcus Rashford said the BBC:I think the main thing is that I enjoy myself and that I am focused and happy. I hope that continues. I want to have a really good season this year and hopefully win a cup with the club.

“That’s the main goal. It’s an ambition we’ve had for a while. When I first joined the team we had a good start, winning three or four titles in the first two years.

“Since then we’ve been in a rough spot but the only way to get out of it is to keep working hard and we have to keep listening to the coach and staff, playing the football he wants to play and winning games. Improving we’ll be in and around those opportunities.”

“I think everyone enjoys playing here [at Old Trafford]It might be one of the best stadiums in the world. He has great fans and when we play well the feeling is great and the atmosphere is great. There’s not much you can compare it to.”

Analysis: Casemiro converts Man United

Casemiro
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Casemiro was named man of the match at Old Trafford

If Manchester United can continue to finish fourth, they will owe a lot to Casemiro. The Brazilian entered the ranks gradually after his arrival from Real Madrid in the summer, but there is no doubt about his importance now.

He made his 13th start in 14 appearances for United either side of the World Cup, producing his best performance to date in the win that put Erik ten Hag’s side just one point behind fourth-placed Tottenham.

United certainly need him given a virus has forced the manager to field a temporary centre-back pair of Raphael Varane, who has just returned from vacation following his World Cup achievements with France, and left-back Luke Shaw.

But the 30-year-old protected the duo superbly, dominating the midfield from the start of the game and helping ensure Forest rarely got anywhere close to United’s goal.

He excelled in the defensive sense, darting in tackles – one of which started the move for United’s second goal – and anticipating danger, but he was equally effective at the other end of the field, his all-out display a reminder of his whole heart.

He nearly scored with a deft shot that forced a save from Forest goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in the second half, and the pass to set up Fred’s late goal, after a typically clever interception, was one of three chances he created.

Of course, this kind of performance should not be surprising. Casemiro is a five-time Champions League winner for a reason. But what matters to United is that they have adapted to the Premier League very quickly. They have only lost 1 of the last 13 games he has started. His role in the final optimization is an important one.

Cooper bemoans defending the forest

Nottingham Forest coach Steve Cooper He said: “It was always really tough here tonight and we knew the game was going to look the same in terms of their possession and possession.

“The goals are lethal in terms of a set piece as some players clearly didn’t live up to their responsibilities.

“And then we’re half decent in United’s box, but then to give up the space and territory that we’ve done. I wouldn’t say we gifted the goal because they have to work for it, but it’s frustrating goals.

“I felt we could have supported ourselves a bit more in the game. We went between the lines two or three times in the first half but didn’t get the most out of it. In the end you have to make most of those situations at that level.

“I’m a big believer in looking at the performance process. I was more frustrated at times with the occasional lack of quality at the top end of the pitch, lack of faith in decision-making, taking risks and supporting ourselves.”

Rashford’s good form – Opta Stats

  • Marcus Rashford has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season for Manchester United (21 appearances), double his tally from the entirety of last season (five in 32 appearances).
  • Anthony Martial has been directly involved in five goals in his last six Premier League appearances for Manchester United (three goals, two assists all under Erik ten Hag) – one more goal than he managed in his previous 21 goals (under Ralf Rangnick). Michael Carrick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer).
  • Fred’s goal, assisted by Casemiro, marked the first time two Brazilian players had scored for Manchester United in the Premier League.
  • Manchester United kept four consecutive clean sheets at Old Trafford in the Premier League for the first time since February and June 2020.

What then?

Manchester United are far from Wolves In their next Premier League match on Saturday, with kick-off scheduled for 12:30pm.

Nottingham Forest hosting Chelsea Go on with your life Sky Sports on Sunday, with kick-off at 4:30 p.m.

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