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Nottingham Forest 0-2 Manchester United: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 17 Apr 2023

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Manchester United put on a professional display on Sunday afternoon to get past Nottingham Forest in the Premier League.

In what proved to be a bit of an anti-climax at the City Ground, United managed to outclass Forest and ease their way to another three points in the top flight. While there were a few nervy moments, Erik ten Hag’s men were able to get themselves over the finish line and push themselves up into third.

Antony shines

For the first time since October, Antony was able to get himself on the scoresheet in the Premier League for Manchester United. In addition to that, he was also able to set up Diogo Dalot with a delightful run and through ball for the second goal that clinched all three points. It was the kind of outing that felt like a real coming out party, and United fans should be excited about where he goes from here.

Forest stumble

While there are arguments to be made regarding Forest perhaps deserving a penalty for Harry Maguire’s handball, the bottom line is that they just weren’t good enough here. Steve Cooper’s side just couldn’t get in the game and whenever they did, they didn’t take their chances. Their push for survival is far from over and Cooper should be given a chance to save them, but there are plenty of questions that need answering.

Ready for the run-in

They may be playing games every three days or so, but Manchester United are still managing their resources as well as they possibly can. The Red Devils were without a handful of key players for this game, especially at the back, and they still kept a clean sheet away from home and scored goals without Marcus Rashford. The signs are there for a positive end to the campaign, and who knows, perhaps even more silverware.


Harry Kettle

Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.



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