United’s Comeback Spirit
Following an exhilarating 3-2 comeback victory against Aston Villa, Manchester United is set to face Nottingham Forest with the aim of closing out the year with another win. The team’s recent triumph has set a positive tone as they head to The City Ground for their final match of 2023.
Forest’s Counter-Attacking Prowess
Nottingham Forest, under Nuno Espirito Santo, is riding high after a convincing 3-1 win at Newcastle. The team displayed lethal efficiency on the counter-attack, and they’ll be looking to show that their performance was more than just a stroke of luck.
Chris Wood’s Hat-Trick Heroics
Chris Wood was the standout player for Forest in their last game, netting a hat-trick against Newcastle. With poise and finesse, Wood joined an elite group of players to score three goals on Boxing Day in the Premier League, a list that includes legends like Thierry Henry and Harry Kane.
Team News and Suspensions
Forest will have to manage without Ibrahim Sangare due to suspension, while Serge Aurier, Felipe, and Taiwo Awoniyi are also sidelined. However, Willy Boly is set to return after missing the Boxing Day match. On the United front, Marcus Rashford is back in action with an assist in his last game, and Scott McTominay may return to the lineup. Unfortunately, the Red Devils’ injury woes continue with several key players out of commission.
Ten Hag’s Focus on the Game
United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, has kept his focus squarely on the upcoming game, avoiding distractions from discussions with potential new leadership at the club. He stresses the importance of a winning culture, regardless of ownership, but acknowledges the inspiration new owners can provide.
The Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Nottingham Forest is scheduled for Saturday, December 30, with a 5:30pm kick-off at the City Ground. Fans can catch the live action on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with talkSPORT providing comprehensive build-up and live updates.
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