Manchester United visit Nottingham Forest this evening for the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

This is United’s first semi-final since a defeat to Manchester City in the same competition two years ago, and the Red Devils are looking to win a first trophy since 2017.

This match is United’s first visit to Forest’s City Ground this season. The two teams met a month ago in the Premier League at Old Trafford, with Erik ten Hag’s side winning 3-0, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Fred scoring.

Martial is not in the squad tonight due to injury, along with Diogo Dalot and Jadon Sancho, with the trio missing out, Ten Hag confirmed.

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Predicted Manchester United XI v Nottingham Forest

This fixture is the latest in the line of a relentless schedule for Manchester United, and there will be some rotation involved.

This game is followed by a FA Cup fourth round match against Reading on Saturday night, and Ten Hag will look to strike a balance in his team selections.

There could be as many as seven changes to the side defeated by Arsenal at the weekend, with the fresher players in the United squad ready to step in.

Tom Heaton played well when he started the quarter-final and he could return to the side for this fixture, with David de Gea rested throughout the competition.

Dalot’s absence means Aaron Wan-Bissaka will continue at right-back, however, he could be the only one of the back four who started against Arsenal to retain their place.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof could return to the side, along with Tyrell Malacia, who was unlucky to drop to the bench after his terrific performance against City.

Casemiro will start after returning from suspension. Christian Eriksen could be rested, with Fred replacing him in midfield, having begun the last two games on the bench.

Bruno Fernandes will also start, while Alejandro Garnacho should be fresh after not being used at the weekend. Antony was also substituted and could start on the right wing.

This would allow Marcus Rashford to lead the line through the middle, with Wout Weghorst being used as an impact substitute rather than as a starter.

While there would be changes in goal and in defence, this XI features a strong midfield and pacy attack, which should have enough to win the first leg help United move a step nearer to the final.

In: Heaton, Malacia, Maguire, Lindelof, Fred, Casemiro, Garnacho

Out: De Gea, Shaw, Martinez, Varane, McTominay, Eriksen, Weghorst

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