Back to serious things for Manchester United after officially closing the Cristiano Ronaldo page during the month of November. The Red Devils faced this Tuesday evening as part of the 17th day, at Old Trafford, the promoted spender of Nottingham Forest who is struggling to leave the red zone of the English championship. With a good offensive copy, Erik ten Hag’s men easily disposed of their opponents (3-0) by taking cover quickly in the game.
The start of the game was rather calm, apart from a good attempt by Tyrell Malacia who perfectly took over the blocked shot from Marcus Rashford (6th) with a half-volley. With a pace far from intense during the first quarter of an hour, the Mancunian players then raced to take the lead. On a corner kick taken by Eriksen in a very intelligent way, Rashford took over with a cross shot from the penalty spot the Dane’s low pass in force to open the scoring and thus conclude this collective combination wonderfully well (19th) . A few minutes later, United doubled the lead in the wake of French striker Anthony Martial on a counter-attack played by Malacia and Bruno Fernandes (22nd). It is the third goal of the former tricolor international this season in the league. Half an hour into the game, the evening visitors had still not attempted a single strike and had to wait to see Ryan Yates offer his team a first opportunity, easily stopped by goalkeeper David De Gea (32nd). Against all expectations, Yates managed to reduce the score with a header on a cross from Renan Lodi (41st), finally canceled by the VAR for offside, after several minutes of verification.
Hennessey avoids correction
In the second half, ten Hag’s players were determined to increase their lead and gain confidence for this return to the championship. On a new counter, after a loss of ball from Lewis O’Brien, Rashford and Fernandes combine well to shift the Brazilian striker Antony but his shot is stopped by goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (55th). It was then Martial’s turn to meet the gloves of the Welsh goalkeeper and thus avoid the third Mancunian goal (60th). After a combination with Alejandro Garnacho, Donny van de Beek crossed towards Rashford who struck in first intention but the Forest goalkeeper once again won (65th). On a pass from Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro attempted a lob in the area on the right but Hennessey remained vigilant (72nd). But he finally admitted defeat against Fred and his perfect finish with the flat foot (87th). In total, the doorman of the promoted still made five parades during the meeting.
In the standings, United takes three points but remains in 5th position, while Forest worsens its case by camping a sad 19th place. At the end of the week, the Mancunians will go to Wolverhampton on Saturday while Nottingham will prepare for their duel against Chelsea, scheduled for Sunday during the 18th day of the English championship.
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Pub. the 27/12/2022 22:54
update the 27/12/2022 23:03
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