Manchester United demonstrated resilience by coming from behind to secure a victory against Nottingham Forest at home in the Premier League match, overcoming an early setback.
At Old Trafford, United experienced an initial shock when Taiwo Awoniyi scored for Nottingham Forest within the first two minutes. The visitors extended their lead shortly thereafter when Willy Boly found the net.
However, United managed to reduce the deficit before halftime as Christian Eriksen successfully scored. The hosts could have potentially entered halftime on level terms, but Casemiro astonishingly headed wide from a mere two yards out when presented with an open goal.
Nevertheless, in the second half, the Brazilian midfielder redeemed himself by scoring to equalize, allowing Erik ten Hag’s team to restore parity.
Nottingham Forest found themselves a man down when their captain Joe Worrall was shown a straight red card for a foul on Manchester United’s captain Bruno Fernandes just outside the penalty area.
Later in the match, when Danilo fouled Marcus Rashford inside the penalty area, Fernandes stepped up and successfully converted the resulting penalty, securing all three points for Manchester United.
With this outcome, Manchester United have clinched two victories from their first three Premier League matches of the season.
This result signifies a recovery from their defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the previous weekend’s away match. Notably, United have secured victories in both of their matches played at Old Trafford so far in the current campaign.
Despite notching an assist thanks to winning the penalty, Rashford has had a frustrating start to the season.
And that frustration appeared to spill over during the win over Forest, as he disagreed with a decision made by the officials to award a free-kick to Forest, with Rashford believing he had won the ball.
In response, the England international tried to pick the ball up, before opting to kick it away to the sidelines in frustration.
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And in doing so, the ball went straight towards a nearby ball boy on the side of the Old Trafford pitch.
Fortunately, the ball boy showed quick reflexes to parry the ball away and, apart from being taken aback by the action, does not seem to have been otherwise affected.