Man Utd down Forest in League Cup semi

Marcus Rashford was on target once again to help Manchester United beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 in their League Cup semi-final first leg.

England forward Rashford's superb solo effort after six minutes on Wednesday, dancing past defenders before firing home, took him to 18 goals in all competitions this season and 10 in his last 10 games.

Forest thought they had quickly restored parity at the City Ground after catching United out on the counter but Sam Surridge's effort was ruled out for offside following a VAR review.

United capitalised on that reprieve by doubling their lead just before halftime, on-loan striker Wout Weghorst netting his first goal since joining the club after Antony's shot had been well saved.

The second goal killed off Forest's hopes of a comeback, with Bruno Fernandes adding a late third to keep United well on course to win their first trophy since 2017.

"I'm happy with the performance, over 90 minutes we controlled the game," United coach Erik ten Hag said.

"There was one moment which could have changed the game and we have to be aware of that and improve.

"In this mood and with this spirit, he (Rashford) is unstoppable.

"He can be creative in the final third, to do something in the final third, some crazy stuff, fantasy and adventure."

United came into the contest having suffered their first defeat since November in all competitions at Arsenal on Sunday and had also lost their last three cup semi-finals.

But Fernandes' drilled finish in the 89th minute gave United the joint-biggest first-leg win by an away side in a League Cup semi-final.

It would take a monumental collapse for Forest to turn things around at Old Trafford next week.

"Obviously, it was a disappointing scoreline," Forest coach Steve Cooper said.

"The last thing you want to do is go to Old Trafford with this result.

"Rashford is one of the in-form players in the country, but for us to allow him to do what he did is not good enough."

The return game will take place at Old Trafford next Wednesday (7am Thursday AEDT), with the winner going on to a final against either Newcastle - who won their first leg 1-0 - or Southampton at Wembley.