Man Utd has a good start without Ronaldo. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored goals to help Manchester United beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 on Tuesday, marking a successful debut without Cristiano Ronaldo.
After an angry interview in which he attacked manager Erik ten Hag and the club’s owners, Ronaldo’s second stint at Old Trafford ended during the Cup Final break.
As soon as Ten Hag assumed leadership at the beginning of the season, his impact on the field began to dwindle.
Rashford’s spectacular showing for England at the World Cup has carried over to the Premier League after the Dutchman coached him.
Christian Eriksen took a corner kick and found Marcus Rashford alone in the box for a volley that opened the floodgates for United.
Dean Henderson, Forest’s starting goalkeeper, is now on loan at United. Therefore Wayne Hennessey was to blame for the home team’s second goal three minutes later.
Despite Rashford’s quickness down the left side and through the ball to Martial on the outside of the box, Martial’s shot should not have had enough strength to get past the Welsh international keeper.
United was also short-handed at the defense due to the absence of Lisandro Martinez (who returned home to Argentina to celebrate winning the World Cup) and injuries to Diogo Dalot and Harry Maguire (who was still recovering from sickness).
This meant that nine days after playing 113 mins in the World Cup final for France, Raphael Varane started and that Luke Shaw lined up as a central defender in a full back for the first time.
However, Forest barely tested a reshuffled defense, and they still have only one goal while playing away from home this season.
Just before halftime, Steve Cooper’s team put the ball in the back of the net, but Willy Boly’s shot was disallowed due to offside following a lengthy review by the video assistant referees.
United should have scored over one goal during the second half, and Ten Hag has made no secret of his ambition to acquire a striker during the January transfer window, which opens after Ronaldo’s departure.
Antony had a clear shot at goal, but he shot straight at Hennessey following some nice work by Rashford and Bruno Fernandes.
Hennessey held firm to save shots by Martial and Rashford from close range, but with three minutes remaining, the Red Devils got the third goal they deserved.
After Casemiro’s commanding run forward, he won possession and found his fellow Brazilian, Fred, alone in the far corner.