Manchester United ended up easing to victory over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.
Goals from Marcus Rashford and Wout Weghorst gave United a 2-0 lead at half-time, before Bruno Fernandes added a third late on.
It is a healthy lead to take back into the home leg, with the Red Devils a step closer to the final at Wembley next month.
It was a positive night for United, but there was one moment which left manager Erik ten Hag visibly angry on the bench.
One moment left Ten Hag angry
40 minutes into the game with Manchester United 1-0 up, Bruno Fernandes had a shot from outside the box which he appeared to mishit, and it sailed wide by some distance.
Fernandes’ pot-shot wasted a good spell of possession, and manager Erik ten Hag was visibly annoyed on the bench, to see the midfielder choose to take the attempt, when he had options to pass.
The manager’s annoyance was picked up on by former star Gary Neville on commentary.
Neville said: “He’s fuming Ten hag, he’s absolutely right. He’s not having that.”
The moment shows how seriously Ten Hag takes every moment of Manchester United’s matches, especially one as crucial as this semi-final.
He undoubtedly let Fernandes know what he thought of his shot at half-time, but it certainly helped that Wout Weghorst added another goal before the break.
Up until Weghorst’s goal the game had been very tight, with a Forest equaliser being chalked off by VAR, leading to Ten Hag being tense on the sidelines.
Anger turns to joy
Fernandes stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes, and finished off the job on the night, rifling in a low effort to seal a 3-0 win.
This was the right shot at the right time, and left Ten Hag cheering on the sidelines with United’s place in the final almost secured.
Ten Hag picked a very strong team for the game, making only three changes from the weekend, setting the tone for a big performance.
A professional job in the home leg will book United’s place at Wembley, with United closing in on a first trophy since 2017.