Man United VS Nottingham LIVE Football Score 27/12/2022
Manchester United are without defender Lisandro Martinez, who is still celebrating Argentina’s World Cup win. Fellow World Cup finalist Raphael Varane could return and Harry Maguire faces a fitness test after missing the midweek EFL Cup match with illness. Full-back Diogo Dalet is a doubt with a hamstring injury, while winger Jadon Sancho remains unavailable. Nottingham Forest’s Wayne Hennessey is set to start in goal as Dean Henderson is ineligible to face his parent club.
Serge Aurier is struggling to overcome a calf complaint and Cheikhou Kouyate is definitely out with a hamstring problem. Nottingham Forest have earned just two points from seven top-flight away games this season, and their only away goal was scored by Brennan Johnson in a 1-1 draw with Everton in August.
Since that draw at Goodison Park, Forest have failed to score in five Premier League away fixtures – their worst league run without a goal on the road since a seven-match goalless streak in 1970. Jesse Lingard is set to face his former side for the first time – he scored 20 goals in 149 Premier League appearances for Manchester United between 2014 and 2022. Morgan Gibbs-White is vying to become the first Forest player to score in three successive Premier League games since Dougie Freedman in March 1999.
Wayne Hennessey is set to make his Forest league debut. His last four top-flight appearances have come in four different years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022. Manchester United have won four of their past five Premier League home games, drawing the other. Their only defeat in the previous 19 top-flight matches against newly-promoted opposition came away at Watford in November 2021 (W12, D6).
The Red Devils have lost 11 of their 34 league fixtures in 2022. They have not fared worse in a calendar year since losing 12 times in 1990. Erik ten Hag’s side have conceded four Premier League goals at home this season, the fewest of any side. United’s last 10 league goals were scored by 10 different players. Marcus Rashford needs one goal to move level with Eric Cantona on 64 in the Premier League for Manchester United. Manchester United’s top-four challenge resumes on Tuesday night as they play host to Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford.
It’s been six weeks since the Red Devils’ last Premier League game, where Alejandro Garnacho scored an injury-time winner vs Fulham. United were back in action in midweek, as they overcame Burnley to reach the Carabao Cup quarter finals.But it’s in the league where Erik ten Hag’s rebuild will be judged upon and a return to the Champions League is the top target for his first season in charge. The clash with Forest also marks the first league game since Cristiano Ronaldo ’s exit.
Ten Hag has admitted that in the long-term, they will need to replace the 37-year-old: “Yes but only when we find the right player. “We do everything in our power. We are doing research on every opportunity and we do everything we can if that opportunity is there to contract them.”
But until that right player is found, Ten Hag will need to best use what is already at his disposal. Mirror Football takes a look at how United will line-up when they take on Steve Cooper’s side. Not that there was ever much debate, but Martin Dubravka’s shaky performance vs Burnley means David de Gea’s position in goal is as safe as houses. He may not have the distribution skills Ten Hag truly wants, but he remains the undoubted starter. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was back in the United team in midweek, thanks to the injury suffered by Diogo Dalot. And the former Crystal Palace man impressed, registering an assist and helping his side to a clean sheet.
He’ll keep his place on the right, with Luke Shaw starting on the opposite flank. In the heart of defence, World Cup finalists Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez are not expected to play. That means Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire will be given a chance to stake their claim. Maguire enjoyed a good month in Qatar and after recovering from illness he will be desperate to show he can still offer something to United.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is being backed to ‘stake a claim’ for returning to manager Erik ten Hag’s regular starting XI in what is expected to be a rare outing against Nottingham Forest.
The England international was, though, not part of the squad against Burnley for the midweek Carabao Cup fourth round tie, despite club and country teammates Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford both featuring. Instead, Casemiro, who was also returning from representing Brazil at the World Cup, dropped into the Man United defence as the partner to Victor Lindelöf.
Ten Hag later confirmed that Maguire was “sick” and said that they “will see” about the player’s availability against Forest. If available, former England and Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott believes that Maguire has a ‘huge chance’ ahead of him against the Reds. “Both those players will have a totally different level of emotion following that nail-biting final between Argentina and France, and it’s a good chance for the England man to stake his claim for a return to Erik ten Hag’s XI.