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Late Gibbs-White goal earns Forest win over Man Utd

Late Gibbs-White goal earns Forest win over Man Utd

Gibbs-White has scored two Premier League goals for Forest this season

Morgan Gibbs-White scored an 82nd-minute winner as Nottingham Forest recorded their first Premier League victory over Manchester United in 29 years to bring 2023 to a miserable end for Erik ten Hag’s side.

It looked as if Marcus Rashford had rescued a point for the visitors when he capitalised on a blunder from Forest keeper Matt Turner 12 minutes from time.

But after Turner had redeemed himself with a fine save to deny Christian Eriksen, Forest counter-attacked and Gibbs-White struck the decisive blow from a neat cut-back from former United forward Anthony Elanga.

After a tepid first-half, Nicolas Dominguez opened the scoring as new manager Nuno Espirito Santo steered Forest to back-to-back victories for only their second time since being promoted back to the top flight.

For Ten Hag it was another desperate night, and it was in front of Sir Dave Brailsford, who will have a significant say in United’s on-field operations following Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s 25% purchase of the Old Trafford outfit.

It was United’s 14th defeat of a dreadful campaign, their most before the end of a year since 1930-31.

While Rashford did end a wait of over six hours for a Premier League goal, it means they have been beaten four times in December alone and could end this round of matches in ninth spot, just three points in front of Chelsea.

Another bad night for Antony

Ten Hag told Brailsford he did not want to speak to him yet because of the packed Christmas programme but has said he feels INEOS are looking forward to working with him.

Those talks are bound to happen in January, when United only have a single Premier League game, although whether Ten Hag will want to disrupt preparations before a potentially perilous FA Cup third-round tie at League One Wigan on 8 January is open to debate.

It is clear one of the issues Brailsford and fellow INEOS representative Jean Claude-Blanc need to sort out as a matter of priority is recruitment – and there is no greater evidence of where United have gone wrong in that department than Brazil winger Antony.

It is 16 months since Ten Hag pushed to sign Antony, United eventually paying £81m for the winger, making him their second most expensive signing after Paul Pogba.

Sat together in the directors’ box, neither Brailsford nor Sir Alex Ferguson could possibly have been thinking his latest performance made the fee look value for money.

The winger’s supporters say he does not shirk work and can be trusted to track back.

That may well be true, but it ignores the point there is little end product from him.

Towards the end of the first half, Rashford presented him with a shooting opportunity inside the penalty area but before he could decide how to manipulate the position into a chance, Forest defenders surrounded him and the chance disappeared.

A few moments later, he shaped as if he was going to take his opponent on at the touchline but, stuck between going down the line or cutting inside as he prefers, he did nothing and the ball ended up going out for a throw.

When he was replaced by Amad Diallo after 54 minutes it meant Antony had failed to score or set up a goal in 21 consecutive appearances.

Amad cost £19m and did not do much to justify that smaller fee either – but the Ivory Coast youngster has only just returned from a serious knee injury, so judgement on him should be reserved.

More to follow.

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Nottingham Forest

  1. Squad number1Player nameTurner

  2. Squad number29Player nameMontiel

  3. Squad number19Player nameNiakhaté

  4. Squad number40Player nameMurillo

  5. Squad number43Player nameAina

  6. Squad number22Player nameYates

  7. Squad number28Player nameDanilo

  8. Squad number21Player nameElanga

  9. Squad number10Player nameGibbs-White

  10. Squad number16Player nameDomínguez

  11. Squad number11Player nameWood

  1. Squad number5Player nameMangala

  2. Squad number7Player nameN Williams

  3. Squad number14Player nameHudson-Odoi

  4. Squad number15Player nameToffolo

  5. Squad number30Player nameBoly

Manchester United

  1. Squad number15Player nameReguilón
  2. Squad number16Player nameDiallo
  3. Squad number39Player nameMcTominay


Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Turner
  • 29MontielSubstituted forN Williamsat 74′minutes
  • 19Niakhaté
  • 40Santiago Costa dos Santos
  • 43AinaSubstituted forToffoloat 87′minutes
  • 22Yates
  • 28DaniloSubstituted forMangalaat 87′minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 21ElangaSubstituted forBolyat 87′minutes
  • 10Gibbs-WhiteBooked at 56mins
  • 16DomínguezSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 79′minutes
  • 11Wood


  • 3Tavares
  • 4Worrall
  • 5Mangala
  • 7N Williams
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 14Hudson-Odoi
  • 15Toffolo
  • 23Vlachodimos
  • 30Boly

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Onana
  • 29Wan-BissakaSubstituted forReguilónat 90′minutes
  • 19VaraneBooked at 59mins
  • 35Evans
  • 20DalotBooked at 57mins
  • 37MainooSubstituted forMcTominayat 45′minutes
  • 14EriksenBooked at 90mins
  • 21AntonySubstituted forDialloat 54′minutes
  • 8Bruno Fernandes
  • 17GarnachoBooked at 85mins
  • 10Rashford


  • 1Bayindir
  • 15Reguilón
  • 16Diallo
  • 28Pellistri
  • 34van de Beek
  • 39McTominay
  • 44Gore
  • 46Mejbri
  • 53Kambwala

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