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Rashford Leads Manchester United to Victory Over Nottingham Forest

28 December 2022, Wednesday
Marcus Rashford turned in a scintillating performance as Manchester United edged closer to Tottenham Hotspur in the hunt for a Champions League spot, after demolishing Nottingham Forest 3-0.

The Red Devils have put together a formidable home streak, going undefeated since the start of October, while also claiming eight wins from their last ten matches in all competitions.

At the opposite end of the table, Nottingham Forest remain firmly entrenched in the bottom three with only two points to show from eight away games. Steve Cooper's side knows they will likely have to rely on their home form if they are to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

Forest began brightly on this rainy evening clash, taking a fearless approach reminiscent of their City Ground success against Liverpool, although the quality touch of Morgan Gibbs-White was absent. Jesse Lingard was integral to their attacks, but was unable to provide the final ball to Taiwo Awoniyi who was a constant threat down either flank and caused problems for Raphael Varane.

Manchester United picked up a crucial victory against relegation-battlers Nottingham Forest, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial finding the back of the net. The two goals came within three minutes of each other, with Rashford's opener coming from a corner routine. Christian Eriksen pulled the ball across the box where Rashford had peeled off his mark to finish well. The Red Devils then capitalised on the break from an effort from Forest striker Taiwo Awoniyi, with a searching United ball along the left flank finding Rashford. He then threaded a pass through to Martial, who could only manage an effort that was saved by Wayne Hennessey.

The Welsh goalkeeper, who stood in for Dean Henderson, had been in impressive form before the World Cup break. He had pulled off a number of saves to earn three points in a win against Liverpool, and also saved penalties in two home victories. However, Henderson was not allowed to play against his parent side, so Hennessey had to step in. His efforts casually stopped Martial's attempt, which then trickled over the line.

Though Ryan Yates gave a short-lived glimmer of hope to the East Midlands squad - his header being ruled out after a VAR review showing Will Boly to be offside - this moment was thought to be the watershed of the game. This eventually turned out to be true.

In the second period, Manchester United started to build some significant offensive momentum, living up to the expectations of their home supporters. Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood connected often on the counter-attack following a Nottingham Forest set-piece, dazzling the crowd with some extraordinary attempts at goal - the best of which were Fernandes' and Casemiro's.
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