Manchester United beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg. The result should make the second leg a walk in the park, though I would still expect Erik ten Hag to field a strong side in the line-up.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Wout Weghorst gave United a 2-0 lead at the break, but Bruno Fernandes made it three before the end with a strike from outside his box.
Erik ten Hag was visibly frustrated on the touchline before the half-time whistle. United held a one-goal lead but their overall play had been sloppy at best. It looked like they were becoming complacent despite Nottingham Forest appearing to be on the ropes after just 6 minutes.
In the 40th minute, Fernandes had scuffed a shot from outside the box and Ten Hag didn’t look very impressed. The Portuguese playmaker went for a shot when he had options to pass the ball.
Former United right-back Gary Neville picked up on Ten Hag’d disapproval on commentary.
Neville said: “He’s fuming Ten Hag, he’s absolutely right. He’s not having that.”
Luckily for Fernandes and his team-mates, United went on to score just before the half-time whistle. I’m sure Ten Hag still tore into a few of them though.