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Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest LIVE commentary: Hosts seek improved performance after poor start – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

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Aug 23, 2023
Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest LIVE commentary: Hosts seek improved performance after poor start - kick-off time, team news and how to follow

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Manchester United will hope for an improved performance when Nottingham Forest visit this weekend following their poor start to the new season.

The Red Devils have three points from their opening two games of the Premier League but have struggled through both matches.

The Red Devils have been off it so far

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The Red Devils have been off it so farCredit: Getty

They scraped past Wolves with a 1-0 win before being humbled 2-0 by Tottenham and the home crowd will be keen to see an improvement here.

Meanwhile, Forest also have three points from their first two league games and have been competitive in both.

They started the season with a narrow defeat to Arsenal before beating Sheffield United at home.

Steve Cooper’s men will arrive at Old Trafford with confidence they can get a result and pile more early pressure onto Erik ten Hag.

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Man United vs Nottingham Forest: Date and how to follow

This Premier League clash is set to take place on Saturday, August 26.

Kick-off at Old Trafford is scheduled for 3pm.

talkSPORT will have live and exclusive coverage from Manchester, with Adrian Durham serving as your host.

Commentary will then come from Ian Danter and former West Ham star Dean Ashton.

talkSPORT.com will also have all the best of the reaction from Old Trafford.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Chris Wood's late header ensured Forest earned their first win of the season against Sheffield United

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Chris Wood’s late header ensured Forest earned their first win of the season against Sheffield UnitedCredit: AFP

Man United vs Nottingham Forest: Team news

The hosts are likely to be without new striker Rasmus Hojlund.

The Dane has a lower back injury that is set to keep him on the sidelines for a bit longer.

Mason Mount also picked up a small injury against Tottenham that has ruled him out until the international break.

Kobbie Mainoo and Amad Diallo also won’t play any part due to long-term issues.

But they will hope to welcome Tyrell Malacia back while there could be some rotation after two disappointing displays.

Meanwhile, Forest are still waiting for Omar Richards to return to fitness.

Wayne Hennessey and Felipe are also likely to miss out but Ola Aina should be fit after a minor groin issue.

Man United vs Nottingham Forest: What has been said?

United boss Ten Hag wasn’t actually too unhappy with his team’s performance against Tottenham.

Speaking after the game, he said: “We created the chances.

“The first half was completely ours. We have to score, but we didn’t.

“We also deserved a penalty, but we didn’t get it, so we have to accept it.

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“It was not our day.”

Hojlund's debut is unlikely to be against Forest

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Hojlund’s debut is unlikely to be against ForestCredit: Getty

Man United vs Nottingham Forest: Match facts

  • Manchester United have won their last 10 meetings with Nottingham Forest in all competitions by an aggregate score of 36-3. They won all four meetings last season without conceding a single goal.
  • Nottingham Forest have won just one of their 12 Premier League games against Man Utd (D2 L9), though that victory did come at Old Trafford (2-1 in December 1994).
  • Manchester United have won their last seven home Premier League matches, last enjoying a longer winning run at Old Trafford between May and November 2017 (8 in a row).
  • Nottingham Forest have won four of their last eight Premier League games (D2 L2), one more than they managed in their previous 17 in the competition (W3 D5 L9). Forest are looking for consecutive league wins for the first time since January, when they beat Southampton and Leicester.
  • After losing two of their first four home games under Erik ten Hag in all competitions (W2), Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 30 games at Old Trafford (W26 D4). It is their longest home unbeaten run since a 40-game stretch between September 2016 and December 2017, while ten Hag has never had a longer run in his managerial career (also 30 between Oct 2017 – Feb 2019 with Utrecht and Ajax).
  • Since the start of last season, Nottingham Forest have won just one of 20 away Premier League games (D5 L14), with their 14 away defeats the most of any current top-flight side in that time. The only managers with fewer wins than Steve Cooper’s one win in their first 20 away Premier League games are Howard Wilkinson in 1992-93 and John Gorman in 1993-94 (0).
  • For a second consecutive season, Manchester United have scored just one goal after two Premier League matches, having 22 shots without scoring in their 2-0 defeat to Spurs. They had scored at least twice in their opening two games of the season in each of their previous 12 seasons before this run.
  • Half of Manchester United’s 22 shots in their 2-0 defeat to Spurs came via Bruno Fernandes (6) and Casemiro (5). Of the 17 players to have had five or more shots without scoring in the Premier League this season, five are from the Red Devils: Fernandes (7), Marcus Rashford (7), Alejandro Garnacho (7), Antony (6) and Casemiro (5).
  • Taiwo Awoniyi has scored in his last six Premier League appearances for Nottingham Forest, scoring eight times, equalling Stan Collymore’s club record in competition between March and April 1995. Only two African players have ever scored in seven Premier League games in a row – Emmanuel Adebayor (Dec 2007 – Feb 2008, Arsenal) and Mohamed Salah (Aug – Oct 2021, Liverpool).
  • Having scored in Nottingham Forest’s first two Premier League matches this season, Taiwo Awoniyi is looking to become the first Forest player to score in their first three top-flight matches in a season since Peter Davenport in 1984-85.

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