During the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final, Manchester United prevailed against Nottingham Forest with a score of two goals to nil.
Anthony Martial and Fred both scored for United in the second half of the game to give them both of their goals.
The Red Devils had 74% possession of the ball, while the Forest University Foresters only had 26%. In addition, the guys led by Erik ten Hag registered a greater number of shots on target than their rivals.
United had 13 shots, with six of them finding their intended target. On the other hand, Forest managed to get five shots off, but only three of them forced Tom Heaton to become involved in the action.
The 20-time English champions completed 616 passes with an accuracy of 87%. Passes were successful 87% of the time. A total of 213 attempts were successful 58% of the time for Forest.
Bruno Fernandes was by far the most impressive player for United throughout the entire match, despite the fact that United did not score.
The Portuguese forward spent the majority of his time in the game doing his preferred playmaking role until being moved to the right side shortly after Jadon Sancho entered the action.
A total of 84% of Fernandes’ questions were correctly answered.
It was an all-around and complete effort from the midfielder, during which he had 82 total contact touches with the ball.
Fernandes was successful in every single one of his attempts at long balls. He gave it a shot with five different long balls and was successful with each of his attempts.
As is typical of him, the 28-year-old demonstrated his creative prowess. He was responsible for four crucial passes.
In addition to his offensive prowess, Fernandes was an incredible defender. He was victorious in three of the four ground duels he participated in, which contributed to the team’s scoreless performance.
Two of Fernandes’ attempts at crossing the ball were successful, and he completed all of his dribbles.
In the matchup against Forest, Fernandes demonstrated once again why he is an almost indispensable member of the club. His performance was crucial in the club’s ability to clinch a position in the final, where they would meet an old adversary in the form of Newcastle. His performance was important.
Erik ten Hag enumerates four qualities that Anthony Martial brings to Manchester United
Erik ten Hag believes that Anthony Martial will be able to strengthen Manchester United’s offense if he is able to maintain his health for more than a few of weeks.
Martial made his comeback after his most recent absence this season against Nottingham Forest. He scored the second goal in United’s 2-0 triumph at Old Trafford, which ensured the club’s spot in the Carabao Cup final.
The Frenchman has now scored six goals for the team in 14 appearances so far this season, but his biggest issue has been staying available for the team given that the loanee Wout Weghorst has performed exceptionally well since joining the team in January.
Ten Hag is certain that Anthony Martial will be able to strengthen Manchester United’s offense if he is able to avoid injury for the balance of the year.
Ten Hag made the following observation, “I’m certain that a striker like him will benefit our team, but we have to wait and see if that’s going to happen.
Anthony Martial has the ability to create something with his moves, the way he handles the ball, his intelligence, and the way he finishes. To be technically proficient during games and in the time between games, a team always needs a wide range of talents.
“I’m not sure if he has always been unavailable, but we hope that he will be for a few games, a few weeks, and a few months at the very least.” If what you say is true, then he will have a great deal more success. During the opening part of the season, our frontline options were severely limited, which was unfortunate.
Now we have options, and that is just what we have to have.
At the end of the first hour of play against Forest, Ten Hag made a triple substitution that featured Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. The game remained scoreless throughout this stretch.
“If you want to be successful, you need to have a good team that possesses these attributes. This season, we have already scored a lot of goals utilizing substitutes, but it was abundantly evident tonight that they were not always accessible, ” he stated. ”