Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Manchester United will be aiming to make amends for a heart-breaking loss to Arsenal when they face Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup semis, first leg. The Red Devils aim to save the season by going all the way in the League Cup, but beating the Reds at the City Ground is easier said than done. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Marcus Rashford, who looks unstoppable at the moment, whereas key midfielder Casemiro is back from suspension. Both Anthony Martial and Diogo Dalot are major doubts, while Axel Tuanzebe and Donny van de Beek remain in the recovery room. Wednesday’s clash comes too early for pacey winger Sancho.
Forest, on the other hand, came from behind to share the spoils with Bournemouth at the weekend, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Man Utd, who have been producing fine displays under Erik ten Hag. Since influential midfielder Casemiro is back for the Red Devils, away win should be considered. January signing Chris Wood is cup-tied, while all Awoniyi, Biancone, Henderson, Kouyate, Niakhate, and Richards remain in the recovery room, speaking of the home side.
Highlighted Player (Jack Colback):
After spending nine years at Sunderland youth academy, Jack Colback signed a loan deal with Ipswich Town on 6 August, 2009. The left-footed midfielder, who is capable of playing at left back as well, made 37 appearances for the Championship side, scoring four goals in the English second tier.
Against all odds, Colback decided to sign for Sunderland’s bitterest rivals Newcastle United on 9 June, 2014 and it has to be noted he became the first player to move directly from Sunderland to Newcastle since 1998 when Lionel Perez did the same. In 2015 Sunderland fans created a sick banner depicting Colback hanging with a noose around his neck and that caused uproar on social media.
Colback and his teammates from Newcastle dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 season, but he decided not to leave the club. Colback scored 5 goals in 64 appearances for Newcastle United in the Premier League. He is well known for his passing skills, he rarely gives the ball away and journalist often compare him with Italy ace Andrea Pirlo.
Highlighted Team (Manchester United):
Over the years Manchester United have established themselves as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Red Devils have won three European Cup (Champions League) trophies and they have clinched no less than 20 Premier League titles.
A number of top-class players were part of Manchester United in the past, but, no doubt, the club’s biggest legend is coach Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in charge of the team for 26 years. During Alex Ferguson’s spell at Old Trafford the club won a number of trophies, but the Red Devils have been struggling in all competitions ever since he retired. Louis van Gaal helped Manchester United win the FA Cup trophy in the 2015/2016 season, with Jese Lingard scoring the winner in the 2-1 triumph over Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium.
The likes of Bobby Charlton, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Eric Cantona are the football stars that graced Old Trafford for Manchester United.