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Manchester United beat Forest 3-0 to reach League Cup final

FeaturedSports NewsManchester United beat Forest 3-0 to reach League Cup final

Manchester United’s Premier League title hopes are fading, but a first final under Erik ten Hague is now in sight.

A 3-0 away win against Nottingham Forest in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final on Wednesday put United in control ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford next week.

Goals from Marcus Rashford, Waut Weghurst and Bruno Fernandes at the City Ground went some way to easing the disappointment of Sunday’s late 3-2 defeat to Arsenal, which ended United’s challenge at the top of the league. gave

The Hague, however, have moved a step closer to the club’s first piece of silverware in six years.

A Wembley final against Newcastle or Southampton awaits United unless Forest can mount an unlikely fightback.

Newcastle lead Southampton 1-0 after the first leg.

“We’ve got to play a game, that’s what we’ve got to do,” Ten Hague said. “We have to prepare, have a good game plan and the players have to focus.”

Rashford opened the scoring for United after six minutes with a run from the halfway line before beating Joe Verrall and Remo Freyler in the box and finishing clinically.

It was the in-form England forward’s 10th goal in as many games since returning from the World Cup and his fifth in the League Cup this season. No player in Europe’s five major leagues has scored as many runs in that period.

Sam Surridge had a goal ruled out for offside by VAR, before Wighurst, who signed on loan from Burnley this month, scored his first goal for his new club in the 45th.

Anthony’s shot from the edge of the box was parried by Forest goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and Weghurst reacted strongly to convert the rebound.

Fernandes finished the scoring in the 89th and potentially ended Forest’s hopes of a comeback.

“We’ve put ourselves in that situation and we’ve got to deal with it next week,” Forest manager Steve Cooper said.

United have not won a trophy since 2017 when Jose Mourinho’s side won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season in charge.

Ten Hag look to repeat that feat by delivering the trophy in their first campaign since being appointed at the end of last season.

The former Ajax boss this week spoke of the importance of lifting silverware in his bid to return United to their former glory.

He questioned his players’ winning mentality after defeat by Arsenal left his side 11 points off the league leaders, but got the answer he needed against Forest.

“We lost the last game so we just had to prepare and as a team we did,” United defender Lisandro Martinez said. “You can see that we don’t concede our goals when we do the right thing. We controlled the game, but we still have a lot of things to improve on and we have to move forward.”

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