Man Utd win ugly at Nottingham Forest as three players drag Ten Hag to FA Cup quarters


Casemiro's late header sealed a narrow 1-0 win at the City Ground and punched Manchester United's ticket to a mouth-watering FA Cup quarter-final against Liverpool at the expense of Nottingham Forest. As Erik ten Hag's hunt for silverware continues, Express Sport takes you through four key talking points from the match...

Man Utd win ugly

It was far from a vintage display as United allowed Forest to rain 16 shots down on Andre Onana's goal, but the fact they ground out the result in gritty and determined fashion will fill Ten Hag with encouragement.

The contest being decided by a scruffy set-piece, followed by a lengthy VAR check, was fitting, with Casemiro nodding in a Bruno Fernandes free-kick from out wide. It wasn't pretty, but all United fans will care about is being in the next round.

Three players drag United through

Casemiro produced the vital goal but United's finest performances came from elsewhere. The ever-reliable Diogo Dalot is growing into a significant presence for the Red Devils and his work, both in attack and defence, made Forest's life difficult.

Fernandes was central to what little there was of United's positive play going forward and fired a dangerous ball into the box for the 89th-minute winner. And in a first half which saw several stars go missing, Scott McTominay's contributions were clear to see, testing Matt Turner on numerous occasions after making well-timed runs into the box.

Shearer goes in on Rashford

Alan Shearer was on BBC commentary duties for United's clash with Forest, and the Premier League's all-time record goal-scorer knows a thing or two about what makes a good striker.

That being said, the Newcastle United legend was less than impressed with what he saw from Rashford in the first half. With signs of frustration bubbling up over a lack of service, the 26-year-old's flailing arms began to tell their own story.

"I don't like his body language," ranted Shearer. "As an individual he has to take responsibility for his actions. He has to do better, hold the ball up, stop waving his arms around. He's telling the fans that it's not his fault he lost the ball."

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