Man United crush Forest to close in on League Cup final

Marcus Rashford scored a stunning solo aim as Manchester United beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 within the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday to just about ebook a spot at Wembley subsequent month.

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The England man, having fun with a purple patch following the World Cup, netted his 18th aim of the season within the sixth minute to silence an expectant crowd on the Metropolis Floor.

New United mortgage signing Wout Weghorst scored his first aim for the membership simply earlier than half-time, to place the guests in whole management, and Bruno Fernandes added gloss to the scoreline late on.

Erik ten Hag’s males are sizzling favourites to achieve Wembley as they search to finish their six-year trophy drought, with both Newcastle or Southampton mendacity in wait.

“I’m proud of the efficiency and I believe over 90 minutes we managed it,” Ten Hag instructed Sky Sports activities.

However he highlighted a disallowed Forest aim within the first half, warning his facet couldn’t afford to let opponents again into the match after they have been in cost.

The Dutchman was cautious to keep away from any trace of complacency forward of the second leg at Previous Trafford on February 1.

“We have now to play one sport and now we have to do the identical. We have now to organize, now we have to make a very good sport plan and the gamers need to be centered,” he mentioned.

Former Ajax boss Ten Hag has revitalised United in his first season in cost however can be determined to win silverware to appease the hungry followers.

Brazil midfielder Casemiro was again within the United beginning line-up after being suspended for Sunday’s 3-2 Premier League defeat at leaders Arsenal, which left United fourth within the desk.

Forest, with new boy Danilo within the beginning line-up, got here into the match filled with confidence after only one defeat of their previous seven Premier League matches had lifted them to thirteenth within the desk.

– Rashford sizzling streak –

However the guests took management instantly and opened the scoring in type.

Rashford picked up the ball in his personal half and raced down the left, slicing into the field between Joe Worrall and Remo Freuler earlier than beating Wayne Hennessey at his close to put up with a strong left-footed shot.

It was his tenth aim in 10 video games since coming back from Qatar final month.

Brazil winger Antony went shut to creating it 2-0 minutes later as United threatened to overwhelm the house staff.

Forest, who’ve gained the League Cup 4 instances of their historical past, thought that they had equalised halfway by way of the primary half when Sam Surridge produced a high-quality end after a rampaging run by way of the center by Morgan Gibbs-White.

However the aim was dominated out by VAR for a good offside in opposition to Surridge.

Gustavo Scarpa stung David de Gea’s arms with an audacious volley as Forest more and more got here into the sport, with Gibbs-White and Brennan Johnson a risk.

However five-time winners United doubled their lead simply earlier than half-time, with Dutch ahead Weghorst reacting neatly to fireplace residence with the skin of his proper foot after Hennessey had denied Antony.

United have been largely untroubled within the second half, coming agonisingly near extending their lead when Christian Eriksen rattled the crossbar from the sting of the field within the 54th minute.

The guests continued to threaten and rounded off a cushty night time when Fernandes slotted residence after a intelligent dinked cross from substitute Anthony Elanga.

Newcastle, chasing their first home trophy since 1955, beat Southampton 1-0 on Tuesday of their first-leg match..