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Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest odds and betting statistics



Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest match preview

Safe to say, Manchester United’s start to this season has not gone quite to plan so far.

Last weekend, the Red Devils were beaten 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, conceding twice in the second half, shambolically giving away a pair of very soft goals.

It could’ve been oh so different, given that Man United had 14 shots in the first half, with both Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford squandering gilt-edged opportunities.

Five days earlier, Erik ten Hag’s team had picked up three points in their home opener, but were indisputably extremely lucky to beat Wolves.

The away side missed numerous changes before Raphaël Varane headed home the winner and then, somehow, Wolves were not awarded a penalty in stoppage time; André Onana getting away with one.

Sitting on three points after two games isn’t great but equally isn’t catastrophic either, but those two displays certainly have not inspired confidence amongst Manchester United supporters.

Taiwo Awoniyi broke the deadlock at the City Ground with a third minute header before, in the last minute of the 90, Chris Wood headed home a winner, sparking wild celebrations by the River Trent.

This means, dating back to last season, the Reds have won four successive Premier League home games for the first time since 1996.

On the road though, Steve Cooper’s side have still only won once in 20 attempts since gaining promotion, this a 1-0 victory over Nathan Jones’ Southampton in January.

Also, Forest lost no fewer than four times to Man United last season, meaning the Red Devils have won ten consecutive meetings, scoring 36 times in these encounters.

The home side are far from at their best right now, but anything other than a comfortable Man United win at Old Trafford would be serious cause for concern.

Manchester United team news

Mason Mount is set to be sidelined for ‘a few weeks’ meaning Christian Eriksen will return to the XI, rekindling last season’s midfield trio alongside Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes.

Meantime, it was confirmed on Thursday that Luke Shaw faces a few weeks on the sidelines so, with Tyrell Malacia also out, Diogo Dalot is set to fill-in at left-back.

Elsewhere, Rasmus Højlund still isn’t fit enough to make his debut, meaning it’ll more than likely be Marcus Rashford down the middle again.

Anthony Martial did come off the bench last weekend and, having scored twice against Forest last season, could be an alternative option.

Predicted XI: (4-3-3): Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martínez, Dalot; Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes; Antony, Rashford, Garnacho.

Nottingham Forest team news

Steve Cooper went with a front two of Morgan Gibbs-White and Brennan Johnson at Arsenal on the opening weekend, so it’ll be interesting to see if he’s bold and sticks with Taiwo Awoniyi alongside.

If not, another midfielder will come in, namely Ryan Yates.

Anthony Elanga bagged a brilliant assist on his debut, so could he come back to haunt his former club here?

New right-back Gonzalo Montiel could be in line for his debut, having joined from Sevilla on Wednesday.

Predicted XI (5-3-2): Turner; Aurier, Worrall, Boly, McKenna, Williams; Danilo, Yates, Mangala; Gibbs-White, Johnson.

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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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