how did they get here
Third round: 4-2 vs Aston Villa
Fourth round: 2-0 against Burnley
Quarterfinals: 3-0 against Charlton Athletic
Second round: 0-3 vs. Grimsby Town
Third round: 2-0 against Tottenham Hotspur
Fourth round: 1-4 vs. Blackburn Rovers
Quarterfinals: 1-1 (4-3 on penalties) – Wolverhampton Wanderers
Top 11: Hennessy, Worrall, Gibbs-White, Surridge, Johnson, Freuler, Aurier, McKenna, Danilo, Scarpa, Lodi
Substitutes: Smith, Cook, Mangala, Williams, Colback, Lingard, O’Brien, Dennis, Boly
Top 11: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Martinez, Malacia, Casemiro, Eriksen, Antony, Fernandes, Rashford, Weghorst
Substitutes: Fred, Varane, Heaton, Pellistri, Williams, Elanga, McTominay, Garnacho, Mainoo
Erik ten Hag arrives at City Ground
Mr. Ten Hag, who is usually a tough-looking man.
We’ll have team news soon.
What are they all playing for?
Forest and United are two of the most successful clubs in the history of the competition, having won the latter five times and the former four times with a total of 15 final matches.
Welcome to our live stream for the second Carabao Cup semi-final first leg tonight between Nottingham Forest and Manchester United. It would be an exaggeration to say that Newcastle United have one foot in the final at Wembley after yesterday’s 1-0 win at Southampton, but tonight is an opportunity for both sides to take a big step towards the silverware.
Obviously, Manchester United are big favorites to win the overall draw and indeed Forest is out at 5/1 tonight with a 3/1 draw and an away win on 8/13. The two last faced each other in the league on December 27, when United won 3-0 at Old Trafford.
Since a painful 4-0 loss to Leicester at the beginning of October, their domestic form is pretty good for a newly emerging side with 16 games played, six wins, six draws and four losses. This was also helped by reaching their first local semi-finals since the 1991/92 League Cup, when they lost to tonight’s rivals in the final (below).
After a dangerous start to their first Premier League campaign in decades (four points in their first eight games), they are now 13th and six points behind the relegation zone after accumulating 17 points out of the next 12. Still, the relegation battle is yet to come.
Manchester United have also experienced a resurgence recently, but the start of their domestic season was a bit shorter. Erik ten Hag turned a club in crisis into a team that at least seemed to have half an idea of what they were doing. They are far from the finished article, with some areas that need to be addressed. Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Arsenal highlighted these shortcomings and how far behind the league leaders they are.
Still, despite league progress being the benchmark, the club has not won a trophy since the 2017 Europa League (which followed the League Cup in the same season and the FA Cup the previous season). As Erik ten Hag said last week, this is unacceptable for a club of this size and history, and the Carabao Cup is giving them a chance to get some silverware in the next month.
The kickoff is at 20:00 and I’ll be here for all the backlog, latest updates and reactions from the draw.