Manchester United climb to third with comfortable win over Nottingham Forest

Manchester United secured a 2-0 victory against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, which helped them solidify their position in the Champions League qualification spot on Sunday.

Erik ten Hag’s men climbed up to the third spot in the Premier League table after Newcastle United’s loss to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Forest, who had not won in 10 matches, remained in the relegation zone, behind Everton on goal difference. United, who already had injury issues, faced another setback when Marcel Sabitzer suffered a groin injury during the warm-up. Christian Eriksen replaced him in the starting line-up, but it did not seem to weaken the Red Devils’ performance.

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The visitors had a great opportunity to score in the first minute when Jadon Sancho received the ball from a Bruno Fernandes cross, but his shot hit Felipe. United took advantage of a moment of luck when a Forest corner struck Harry Maguire’s outstretched arm at the far post, but no penalty was given.

Fernandes had been controlling the midfield, and in the 32nd minute, he provided a throughball to Anthony Martial. Although the Frenchman’s shot was saved by Keylor Navas, Antony followed up with a simple tap-in at the back post.

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Navas tipped a Fernandes effort onto the bar early in the second half, while Martial missed a good headed chance as United searched for a second goal.

The second goal arrived in the 76th minute when Antony played a brilliant pass to Diogo Dalot, who ran into the penalty area and scored past Navas. This win was United’s second away league win of 2023.

Manchester United defeated Nottingham Forest 2-0 on Sunday to solidify their position in the Premier League table’s top four. Forest remained in the relegation zone, behind Everton on goal difference.

Despite injury issues, United played a great game, with Fernandes controlling the midfield and Antony scoring one goal and assisting another.