Manchester United will face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground for the first time in 24 years in tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.

Erik ten Hag’s side beat Steve Cooper’s men 3-0 at Old Trafford in last month’s Premier League clash.

But two of England’s biggest clubs haven’t pitted their wits against one and other on Forest’s home turf since February 1999.

Ten Hag’s side will be hoping to head into next week’s second leg at the Theatre of Dreams in control of the tie and within touching distance of booking our place at Wembley for next month’s final.

When did Manchester United last play Nottingham Forest at the City Ground?

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s United beat Ron Atkinson’s Forest 8-1 at the City Ground in the last meeting between the two clubs on the River Trent.

The Red Devils were 4-1 up thanks to two goals apiece from Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced the former Aston Villa striker in the 71st minute.

The baby-faced assassin scored four goals in 13 minutes to inflict a hammering on United’s last manager before Sir Alex took the reins.

United went on to win a historic treble that season and our starting XI back on 5 February 1999 was: Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Johnsen, Stam, Phil Neville, Keane, Scholes, Beckham, Blomquist, Cole, Yorke.

Alongside Solskjaer, John Curtis and Nicky Butt were the other two substitutes who came off the bench.

Newcastle United beat Southampton 1-0 at St Mary’s in the other Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.

Following the Saints’ shock quarter-final win against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, the draw opened up for Manchester United to win their first trophy since 2017 and Ten Hag to win his first piece of silverware with the Reds.

United are on a seven-game winning streak against Forest and haven’t lost against the newly-promoted side since December 1994.

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