Raphael Varane gets what he deserves and Casemiro gives Manchester United what they need in Nottingham Forest win.

December 28, 2022

Man Utd secured a return to winning ways against Nottingham Fores..

Perhaps it was a strategic move of Manchester United to reserve what was their most handsome win of the season against a side deprived of their first-choice goalkeeper, property of United.

Dean Henderson has suffered 6-0, 5-0 and 4-0 routs in Forest colours and Wayne Hennessey’s rush of blood to the head and rush out of goal against Iran would suggest he ought to have been Wales’s number two in Qatar.

Hennessey conceded carelessly whilst deputising for Henderson though his denials and a dismal conversion rate spared Forest from another shellacking. Hennessey’s five saves were all routine in what was another paradoxical performance from United, too lenient against the league’s leakiest defence yet comfortable victors.

That is unlikely to be sustainable for another five months, however renascent Marcus Rashford appears. Three-nil against Nottingham Forest, promoted via the Play-offs, is United’s biggest win of the campaign.

Antony and his namesake Anthony Martial were guilty of spurning presentable chances fashioned by the quietly influential Bruno Fernandes, further liberated by Cristiano Ronaldo’s divorce.