LIVE MATCH – Nottingham Forest demoralizing Manchester United as Eric Ten Hag recieve sack letter

LIVE MATCH – Nottingham Forest demoralizing Manchester United as Eric Ten Hag recieve sack letter

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Nottm Forest

Nicolas Dominguez 64


Man Utd

Marcus Rashford 78


Updates from the game at the City Ground (5.30pm GMT)

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John Brewin

Sat 30 Dec 2023 19.08 GMT

Goal: Nottingham Forest’s Nicolas Dominguez scores their first goal.

Match Stats








Off target


On target











Nottm Forest


Matt Turner


Gonzalo Montiel


Moussa Niakhate


dos Santos Murillo


Ola Aina


Ryan Yates


dos Santos Danilo


Anthony Elanga


Morgan Gibbs-White


Nicolas Dominguez


Chris Wood




Nuno Tavares


Joe Worrall


Orel Mangala


Neco Williams (s 74′)


Cheikhou Kouyate


Callum Hudson-Odoi (s 79′)


Harry Toffolo


Odisseas Vlachodimos


Willy Boly


Man Utd


Andre Onana


Aaron Wan-Bissaka


Raphael Varane


Jonny Evans


Diogo Dalot


Kobbie Mainoo


Christian Eriksen


dos Santos Antony


Miguel Bruno Fernandes


Alejandro Garnacho


Marcus Rashford




Altay Bayindir


Sergio Reguilon


Amad Diallo (s 54′)


Facundo Pellistri


Donny van de Beek


Scott McTominay (s 46′)


Daniel Gore


Hannibal Mejbri


Willy Kambwala


Live feed

Key events

2m ago

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1-1 Manchester United (Rashford, 78)

17m ago

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1-0 Manchester United (Dominguez, 64)

50m ago

Half-time: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Manchester United

3h ago

The teams

3h ago


1m ago

19.08 GMT

79 min: If ever the phrase “get it launched” was appropriate then Matt Turner’s folly wa it. Meanwhile, a Forest sub: Dominguez, the scorer, off, and Hudson-Odoi on.


2m ago

19.07 GMT

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1-1 Manchester United (Rashford, 78)

Oh, Matt Turner! He next tries to kick clear. Straight to Garnacho, over to Rashford, first time, and goal. Oh Matt Turner, that was a gift.


4m ago

19.05 GMT

76 min: Matt Turner almost kicks the ball back into his own net by kicking with an impossible spin, the type Tiger Woods might use on the greens of Augusta from the fringe. He is protected by his defenders as he jumps to claim.


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6m ago

19.04 GMT

75 min: Williams’ first act is to be pushed over by an over-eager Garnacho.


7m ago

19.02 GMT

74 min: Forest change: the excellent Montiel for Neco Williams, full-back for full-back.


9m ago

19.00 GMT

72 min: United have ball-players in Eriksen and Fernandes. They haven’t seen much of the ball; Fernandes plays a nice pass out left, and Dalot tries to find Eriksen. They’re still awful, anyway. In every department.


Updated at 19.01 GMT

9m ago

18.59 GMT

70 min: Final call for debut albums, with Randy Gatley in Canada’s diverse selection: “Still taking debut album submissions? How about Crazy Rhythms by the Feelies, Extractions by Dif Juz, Paid in Full by Eric B & Rakim, and to keep things vaguely on topic, the first Tindersticks and the first Stone Roses.”


Dif Juz?


11m ago

18.57 GMT

69 min: United seem to have woken up. Forest looking to sit back and counter?


12m ago

18.56 GMT

67 min: Chance for Garnacho from a corner. He takes to the air…and….maybe he will only ever score one acrobatic volley but at least he can say he’s done it. Or will it be like Roberto Carlos and free-kicks? Always attempting the same thing, and never recreating it.


13m ago

18.55 GMT

66 min: William in Germany nominates Elvis Costello’s My Aim Is True: “Yes, the phenomenal Elvis Costello debut album. It’s such a good debut album that it seems too mature to even *be* a debut album.”


The backing band is not the Attractions but the band who became Huey Lewis & The News.


14m ago

18.54 GMT

65 min: Much credit must go to Danilo for his part in that goal. No credit need to be offered to United’s dreadful defending.


15m ago

18.52 GMT

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1-0 Manchester United (Dominguez, 64)

It had been coming. The ball goes into the area, Varane and Evans fail to read it and Dominguez just has to pass the ball into the net. A deserved Forest goal.


Nottingham Forest’s Nicolas Dominguez scores the opening goal.

Nottingham Forest’s Nicolas Dominguez scores the opening goal. Photograph: Darren Staples/AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 18.55 GMT

18m ago

18.50 GMT

61 min: Marcus Rashford is down, and looks in pain. He looks to jar his knee, and has his hands over his eyes. He’s at least sat up. And gets up, only to leave the field very slowly.


20m ago

18.48 GMT

60 min: Forest are again over-elaborate on the set piece. Get it launched, lads!


21m ago

18.47 GMT

59 min: Another booking as Varane legs up Elanga. The Frenchman was having to make up for his own mistake there.


22m ago

18.46 GMT

57 min: Aggro aggro. Gibbs-White smashes into McTominay and Evans. He’s booked. Correctly so. He got a bit excited. Dalot is booked for dissent. A VAR red card inquiry lets off the Forest man to loud applause.


Jonny Evans of Manchester United is tackled by Morgan Gibbs-White

Gibbs-White on the charge. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

ottingham Forest’s Morgan Gibbs-White in action with Manchester United’s Scott McTominay

Though shall not pass. Photograph: Molly Darlington/Reuters

Updated at 18.50 GMT

24m ago

18.44 GMT

55 min: Hello! Dalot gets the ball 30 yards out after a slick United passing move – Diallo involved – and it smashes back out off the post. Antony, by the way, looked to have an injury.


25m ago

18.43 GMT

54 min: Another United change: Amad Diallo comes on for Antony.


Reminder: Diallo cost United a deal around 40m euros. He has talent but…is yet to show it.


27m ago

18.41 GMT

53 min: All Forest, and Wan-Bissaka lucky not to concede a penalty as he slides in. United get some respite as Garnacho escapes before Niakite comes across.


29m ago

18.39 GMT

51 min: McTominay comes back to clear up danger. Forest are the better team here, and by some way. United are just…United, the bad United. The ball is hacked clear by Eriksen as Forest build up a head of steam.


30m ago

18.38 GMT

50 min: Forest fans call for a penalty as Evans steps across and Gibbs-White comes across him. No, never. Though can you say never with penalties these days?


31m ago

18.37 GMT

48 min: Marcus Rashford is having one. Having received the ball with his back to goal he swings a heel at it. Aimless, useless, what was the point?


32m ago

18.36 GMT

47 min: Richard Hirst: “Good to know there are so many aged (prog) rockers in the world. I give you Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company ft J Joplin.”


Paul Griffin: “Dre’s, er, pharmacologically extravagant The Chronic, John Grant’s sumptuously maudlin Queen of Denmark, Jonsi from Sigur Ros’s astonishing Go. BTW whatever happened to thingy Knowles out of Destiny’s Child? Trying to remember has got me feeling crazy right now.”


Francis Mead: “Debut albums: The Doors. Led Zeppelin. Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jimi Hendrix. Not very original, but hard to deny.”


Robert Tyler: “Best debut albums you say? The Cars. Still a repeat listen (I don’t like to recall how many) years after I first bought it. Definitely better than this match. Even better than the burger and tasty beer that’s helping me watch this match.


34m ago

18.34 GMT

46 min: As I am swamped by talk of debut albums, we have a football game on, and Manchester United have made a change. Scott McTominay is on for Kobbie Mainoo.


36m ago

18.32 GMT

Jeff K gets in touch: “The Velvet Underground and Nico has to be up there as one of the great debut albums, and ahead of Patti Smith’s Horses. What do you think?”


Yes, agree, though I actually prefer Doug Yule-era Velvets to Cale-era. America’s greatest ever band, whatever.


44m ago

18.24 GMT

Charles Antaki gets in touch: “I bow to Kári Tulinius for the nomination of Björk and Lauren Hill. But George Harrison? Agreed, we learnt something about him, but I’m not sure that it was much to his credit. Wonderful musicianship and all, and he was due some recognition, but I for one just can’t bear his whiny, adenoidal vocals, and I suspect that anyone who was unwary enough to buy All Things Must Pass will have found that three quarters of it was fairly dismal going. There. I’ve got that off my chest after 30 years.”


I tend to agree on that album, though love the first side. Apple Jam? Nah, you’re alright.


45m ago

18.23 GMT

Jeremy Boyce gets in touch: “Which of them would be more likely to win them the match ? Lord Ferg of teacups, or Sir Dave of marginal gains ? As it goes, not much sign of the marginal gains recently, some scatter-gun transfer policy on the bike front and no trophies to show for a lot of dosh spent, sounds familiar?”


Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Dave Brailsford watch from the directors box

We can hear you. Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Dave Brailsford watch from the directors box. Photograph: Matthew Peters/Manchester United/Getty Images

Updated at 18.37 GMT

46m ago

18.22 GMT

Joe Pearson gets in touch: “How interesting that Kári Tulinius mentions debut albums. In a bit of MBM Synchronicity, I am currently listening to Deep Track’s countdown of Top Fifty debut albums. We’re in the 30s right now, and some of the choices so far have been odd. I mean, I like Rush, but their debut was meh at best. If you want an all-time debut album, may I point you to ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’? You’re welcome!”


Good choice, though I prefer Larks Tongues in Aspic and Red. Great debut albums? Wire – Pink Flag, Television – Marquee Moon, Suede – Suede, Patti Smith – Horses.


49m ago

18.19 GMT

Half-time: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Manchester United

Cold turkey, constipated, and whatever such metaphors. Nuno will be the happier of the managers; his team have looked organised. Erik Ten Hag’s United have followed the same pattern of much of their away form this year: disjointed, clueless, waiting for something to happen without doing anything to inspire it.


A man gives a shave at a barber shop ahead of the English Premier League football match between Nottingham Forest and Manchester United

Time for a spruce up perhaps. Photograph: Darren Staples/AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 18.23 GMT

51m ago

18.17 GMT

45 min: Onana takes the ball out of his area and blams it into Chris Wood’s chops. There’s only a minute added. United’s wingers have changed wing. Bit late in this half?


52m ago

18.16 GMT

44 min: Forest keep forcing corners. Will they get in in the mixer? This time Gibbs-White does just that, after a shoving session is called to a halt. Onana looks panicky but then punches well clear. Credit to him for that.


55m ago

18.13 GMT

42 min: Forest free-kick, taken short, and lofted to Murillo, who lets the ball go out. Frankly dreadful football but of a piece with what’s been a post Christmas stinker. Like the first bin day after new year.


1h ago

18.11 GMT

40 min: Antony looks pained by his lack of involvement. In truth, all of United’s forwards have been Nuno-ed. He always was a decent organiser of a defence.


1h ago

18.10 GMT

37 min: Rashford appears, at last, and tries to release the similarly anonymous Antony. Zero timed by zero: turns out it equals zero.


1h ago

18.07 GMT

35 min: Marcus Rashford is away….as in, he’s done the square root of nothing and United could do with someone filling in for him.


Updated at 18.07 GMT

1h ago

18.05 GMT

33 min: Clash between Danilo and Mainoo, and the United youngster took a sore one in trying to win the ball.


1h ago

18.03 GMT

32 min: Elanga finds space in United’s box, and sets up Danilo, and the shot is lofted high. That was a good position wasted.


1h ago

18.01 GMT

29 min: Montiel, a player of pedigree, is doing a number on Argentine compatriot Alejandro Garnacho. Perhaps it may come time to switch wings.


Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho

Right, what shall I do? Photograph: Rui Vieira/AP

Updated at 18.08 GMT

1h ago

18.00 GMT

28 min: Up in the stands, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Dave Brailsford are sat together.


1h ago

17.58 GMT

27 min: Jonny Evans forced to clear up a mess made by Onana’s poor play with his feet. From the corner, the ball falls to Danilo, but the venomous strike comes off Wan-Bissaka’s rippling thighs.


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