Manchester United is well aware of the need for swift improvement following a lackluster beginning to the season, and their upcoming match against Nottingham Forest at home presents a favorable opportunity to rectify their performance.
Although United managed to secure a victory against Wolves in the opening weekend despite being outplayed, their recent 2-0 loss to Tottenham has raised significant concerns for Erik ten Hag and his team.
Nottingham Forest, on the other hand, recognizes their potential to spring a surprise at Old Trafford. They displayed commendable performance against Arsenal in their initial game and secured a victory against Sheffield United in their latest outing.
Date, Time, and Venue: The match between Manchester United and Nottingham Forest is set to kick off at 3pm BST on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Old Trafford in Salford.
Broadcast Information: The game will not be televised live in the UK due to the customary blackout of live broadcasts at 3pm on Saturdays.
Team News: Manchester United will miss Mason Mount due to an injury sustained against Spurs. Christian Eriksen is expected to step in as a direct replacement. Harry Maguire has recovered from a minor injury, and Luke Shaw is sidelined with a muscle problem. Rasmus Hojlund’s debut will have to wait, but Ten Hag indicated that the new striker is close to making his first appearance.
Nottingham Forest has no fresh injury concerns after Ola Aina’s injury during training last week. Aina is not anticipated to return until the end of the month. New loan signings Andrey Santos and Gonzalo Montiel might make their debuts.
Match Prediction: Manchester United needs a convincing performance in front of their fans and possesses sufficient quality to achieve it against Nottingham Forest. Whether they can deliver remains uncertain. Erik ten Hag’s tactical adaptability, potentially involving Jadon Sancho in a ‘false nine’ role, could yield positive results. A prediction of a 3-1 victory in favor of Manchester United seems reasonable.
Head-to-Head History and Odds: In past encounters, Manchester United has secured 52 wins compared to Nottingham Forest’s 33, with 24 matches ending in draws.
The match odds stand as follows:
- Manchester United win: 3/10
- Draw: 5/1
- Nottingham Forest win: 9/1 (Odds via Betfair and subject to change).