Erik ten Hag has made a number of changes to his starting lineup for Manchester United’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford this evening.
United, who completed the loan signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer on transfer deadline day, is 3-0 up on aggregate after the first leg at the City Ground last week, which means they have one foot in the final at Wembley. If they complete the job without incident, they will face Newcastle United on February 26.
United followed up their 3-0 win against Nottingham Forest with a 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round success over Reading on Saturday evening, which means Ten Hag will be looking for another good performance and victory from his team as they aim to reach their first domestic cup final since 2018. The Dutchman, as expected, has made a few changes to the team that defeated the Royals, totaling six.
Tom Heaton, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw, Fred, and Alejandro Garnacho have replaced David de Gea, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, who is out for several months due to injury, and Marcus Rashford.
Meanwhile, Kobbie Mainoo, Facundo Pellistri, and Anthony Martial have been named as replacements. Jadon Sancho, meanwhile, returns to the squad for the first time since October and comes off the bench.
Ten Hag will be looking for another victory after making six changes to the squad that defeated Reading, as they look to secure their spot in the final without too much trouble. The inclusion of Casemiro has gotten the most attention from Manchester United fans in the immediate wake of the team announcement being revealed.
MEN Sport has examined what some United supporters have said in response to Ten Hag’s choice to maintain the Brazilian in the starting lineup: