Nottingham Forest vs Man Utd LIVE: Team news and line-ups from Carabao Cup semi-final as Casemiro returns

Cooper says players are aware of importance of tonight’s game

“We’re really pleased to put the club on this stage again and we just want to make sure we do ourselves justice,” said Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper in the build-up to tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United.

“Even before this round, we have been very clear about the club’s history in this competition to the players.

“We showed them the history, and I know it was a fairly long time ago, but that’s why supporters will get excited about this tournament, why they will put big importance on it. The players are aware.”

Nottm Forest vs Man Utd team changes

Steve Cooper makes four changes to the Nottingham Forest side that started in the 1-1 draw with Wolves last time out in the Carabao Cup.

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson is ineligible to play so gets replaced with Wayne Hennessey. Sam Surridge, Scott McKenna and Danilo all start too.

Erik ten Hag elects to pick a strong line-up for this semi-final. Eight players who started the previous round match versus Charlton are switched out.

Casemiro returns along with heavy hitters, Bruno Fernandes, David De Gea and Marcus Rashford.

Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United line-ups

Nottingham Forest XI: Hennessey, Aurier, Worrall, McKenna, Lodi, Danilo, Freuler, Scarpa, Gibbs-White, Surridge, Johnson

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Martinez, Malacia, Casemiro, Eriksen, Antony, Fernandes, Rashford, Weghorst

Nottingham Forest’s League Cup history providing motivation, claims Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper says Nottingham Forest’s history is something those currently at the club embrace and want to use as motivation as they look to create “new moments”.

Forest’s honours list famously features a league title and two European Cup triumphs under Brian Clough, who also oversaw them winning four League Cups.

On Wednesday, they play in the semi-finals of the latter competition for the first time in 31 years, taking on Manchester United at home in the first leg before heading to Old Trafford for the second leg a week later.

Boss Cooper, who last season guided Forest back to the Premier League after a 23-year absence, said when asked how important the club’s history was to him when heading into big games like Wednesday’s: “I think we embrace it.”

Nottingham Forest’s League Cup history providing motivation, claims Steve Cooper

Brian Clough oversaw the club winning the competition four times

Forest’s league cup history

Nottingham Forest last reached the final of this competition in 1992 where they lost to Manchester United at Wembley.

They head into this game in good form though having lost just two of their last 11 games. That 1992 defeat was the most recent of their six final appearances in a competition they won four times between 1978 and 1990.

Can Forest go on to win it again this year?

Ten Hag wants to bring the winning feeling back to Man Utd

Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag, wants to bring a ‘winning feeling’ back to the club after the Red Devils have gone almost six years since lifting their last piece of silverware.

“It’s the best feeling,” he said. “I had the luck in my career to win some trophies and it’s magnificent, especially for the fans.

“It’s so great and I think the fans here have some experience, especially the older ones. But now it is a period Manchester United didn’t win trophies and it is too long ago.

“We are aware of that fact and we have to do everything to bring a trophy in.”

Erik ten Hag tells Marcus Rashford to reject PSG and make Manchester United great again

Erik ten Hag has told Marcus Rashford to reject the chance of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, commit his future to Manchester Untied and help them become the best team in the world.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said in December he would like to sign Rashford, particularly on a free transfer next summer. United then triggered a one-year extension to the forward’s contract and are in talks with him about a longer deal.

Manager Ten Hag said his top scorer to remain with the club he supported as a boy and that his tactics are helping Rashford, who has scored nine goals in his last nine games, find the most prolific form of his career,

Erik ten Hag tells Marcus Rashford to reject PSG and make United great again

The in-form Rashford is being courted by the French giants but his manager wants him to stay at Old Trafford

Cooper on playing in Carabao Cup semi-finals

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper says that tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final is an ‘occasion to relish’ for his players and the fans.

The manager says that his team will commit themselves over both legs and look to reach the final of a competition that they have a lot of history in.

“It’s a big focus of ours to make it an occasion to relish. We’re proud to get to the latter stages of an important competition and the Club has a good history in it, so we’ve got to do what it takes to do well and do our best to deliver.” said Cooper,

“It’s going to be a tough couple of games, we’re only focused on the first leg at the moment so we have to commit to it and back ourselves otherwise it’ll be even more difficult.

“We need to recognise that these games might not come around too often and we’ve had to work hard to get here. We look forward to it, embrace it and attack it but in our way.

“This Club has a good history in the competition but we want to create more memories for the supporters because it’s our first League Cup semi final for a long time.

“We’ve got to focus on the tie and be ready to give it everything we’ve got.”

Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United prediction

Steve Cooper’s side will take confidence from their penalty shootout win over Wolves in the previous round but they are missing key personnel – not least goalkeeper Dean Henderson who cannot play against his parent club.

Manchester United meanwhile will see this as a competition they can win and Erik ten Hag will not doubt pick a fairly strong starting line-up to ensure his team win this first leg.

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Manchester United.

Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United predicted line-ups

Nottingham Forest XI: Hennessey; Aurier, Worrall, Boly, Lodi; Yates, Freuler, Danilo; Johnson, Gibbs-White, Lingard

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Martinez, Malacia; Casemiro, Fred, Fernandes; Antony, Weghorst, Rashford

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