Manchester United XI vs Nottingham Forest: Confirmed squad news, expected line-up, injury by today
A forced change is certain to see Christian Eriksen drop out of the starting line-up, with the midfielder facing a significant period of inactivity.
The Danish midfielder left Old Trafford on crutches after injuring his ankle in the weekend’s win over Reading and could now miss up to four months.
Luckily for United, they hold a 3-0 advantage in the draw after a confident display at the City Ground last week.
This factor will likely play a key role in Ten Hag’s selection, with Diogo Dalot, Axel Tuanzebe, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial also all expected to miss through injury.
Luke Shaw has missed the last two games due to illness, but could return. New recruit Marcel Sabitzer is ineligible.
United went with their reserve centre-back duo and first-choice front line against Reading, so given the aggregate scoreline, it’s plausible the reverse could happen for this game.
However, Ten Hag has taken the cup competitions very seriously in his club’s pursuit of a first trophy in over five years, and he could choose to play it safe with a visit to Forest.
Predicts Manchester United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Martinez, Varane, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Elanga, Fernandes, Garnacho; Weghorst