Nottingham Forest were on pace for victory at Old Trafford thanks to Taiwo Awoniyi and Willy Boly, but Manchester United battled back to win 3-2. Christian Eriksen, Casemiro, and Bruno Fernandes scored to turn the game around after Forest’s Joe Worrall was sent off.
United had been surprised by goals from Taiwo Awoniyi and Willy Boly, giving Steve Cooper’s team a fantastic opportunity to secure their first away win in the Premier League since January, but Christian Eriksen pulled one back and those aspirations vanished in the second half.
Casemiro leveled the score, and when Joe Worrall was sent off for a foul on Bruno Fernandes, the momentum became unstoppable. After Marcus Rashford was fouled by Danilo, the United captain landed the game-winning penalties. Erik ten Hag’s team won in spectacular fashion.
“It was a horrible start, giving them two goals and making mistakes, but I am very pleased with the comeback,” United’s head coach remarked afterwards. “The team has a good spirit and energy. They figured out a method to win.”
United is still suffering from three games into the season, but they have won two of those games. Forest, for all they gave to this fascinating game, squandered the opportunity to accomplish that accomplishment. Their quest for an away victory continues.
Manchester United’s vulnerability had been a feature of their first two games of the season, with one win and one loss. If their supporters had hoped that those issues would be addressed on the practice field, they were quickly disabused of that notion.
As Awoniyi sprinted clear, he scored a goal similar to one scored by Demba Ba during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure. Marcus Rashford, of all people, was the man chasing him as Andre Onana stumbled before the striker even shot.