Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has raved about Nottingham Forest legend Brian Clough ahead of today’s game. The Reds face the Red Devils at the City Ground this evening having not won for nine matches.
Forest are in desperate need of a victory. Their performances of late have been nothing short of shocking and something has to give for Steve Cooper right now.
United have some serious injury concerns ahead of today’s clash in Nottingham. Ten Hag will be without Lisandro Martinez, Marcus Rashford and Raphael Varane; although they will still field a strong, star-studded outfit.
Forest have similar worries. Cooper has no fewer than 11 players currently clogging up his treatment room and the head coach has hardly been able to field his strongest team this season.
Ten Hag has done very well during his maiden campaign in the Premier League. He’s also led United to silverware, with the Red Devils beating Forest in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup on their way to winning it.
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Ahead of the game, Ten Hag has lauded the legendary Clough. He told the club’s official website: “I know that great song they have at Forest! Winning the Champions League twice in 1979 and 1980. What you mentioned there, they had a great manager with Brian Clough, they had a great team in those days and have a big history. It’s good that traditional clubs are back in the Premier League.”
Ten Hag raved about Clough ahead of Forest v United
It’s nice to hear the Dutch manager sing the praises of Clough. The iconic Forest figure really was one of a kind and he’d be desperately proud of Cooper’s charges.
Forest need wins though. At the moment their Premier League adventure is going to be short-lived and they face a genuine prospect of an immediate return to the Championship.
The Reds need their fans to be the twelfth man today. They have been pretty decent at home and beating United would be absolutely superb in their quest to survive in the Premier League.