The Manchester United manager has an opportunity to shore things up against Nottingham following toothless displays against Wolves and Tottenham
Manchester United know they must improve quickly after a disappointing start to the season, and a home game against Nottingham Forest should prove a fine opportunity to do so.
United were outplayed by Wolves on the opening weekend, though still won, but Tottenham ran out 2-0 winners last time out to leave Erik ten Hag with plenty of questions to answer.
Forest will know they have enough about them to spring a surprise at Old Trafford, having pushed Arsenal quite far in their first game before beating Sheffield United last time out.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Man United vs Nottingham Forest is scheduled for a 5pm kick-off on Saturday and will be live on SuperSport TV.
Manchester United will be without Mason Mount after the summer signing picked up an injury against Spurs. Christian Eriksen should come in as a direct replacement. Harry Maguire is fit again after a slight knock.
Luke Shaw is also facing a spell out of action following a muscle problem.
Rasmus Hojlund will not be available to make his long-awaited debut, but Ten Hag has said the new striker is “near” to a debut.
Nottingham Forest have no fresh injury concerns after losing Ola Aina to injury in training last week. He is not expected back until the end of the month.
New loan signings Andrey Santos and Gonzalo Montiel could be handed debuts.
Tactical set up
Manchester United need to put in a performance in front of their fans and have more than enough quality to do so against this Nottingham Forest side.
Whether they do so, though, is another question. Erik ten Hag has enough about him to switch things up, which could see Jadon Sancho return in a ‘false nine’ role, and I expected United to get the job done.
Man United: Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Dalot; Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes; Antony, Sancho, Rashford.
Nottingham Forest: Turner; Boly, Worrall, McKenna; Aurier, Danilo, Yates, Williams; Johnson, Gibbs-White; Awoniyi