That leads to a corner on the right. Scarpa sends a dangerous ball fizzing over the six-yard box. Martinez takes it upon himself to mop up his own mess, rising to power a header clear. If nothing else, that’s got the home fans going again.
The atmosphere has curdled somewhat as a result. Not that those in the away corner care. The United fans are in party mode, making all the noise, enjoying themselves by running through their songbook. Meanwhile our old friend Jeff Sax, treasurer of the Darwin Nunez Appreciation Society, has this to say about Nunez and Antony: “South America is not the only thing they have in common.
Weghorst and Fernandes combine to shuttle the ball left to right for Antony, in space on the edge of the Forest box. Antony opens his body and telegraphs a curler towards the top left. It flies high and wide. Another big chance for United. “If you’d only paid attention to football since the World Cup, you’d be forgiven for thinking Rashford was the best player in the world,” writes Matt Dony.
Forest faff around, playing it short and making a royal mess of it. Aurier tries to rescue the move on the edge of the D but can’t get a shot away. United break upfield en masse. Forest just about deal with the counter this time, but the visitors look dangerous every single time they go forward.
Forest are fortunate not to be two down. Antony dribbles down the right, reaches the edge of the box, and whips a low curler that sails wide of the left-hand post. Inches away. Had that been on target, Hennessey wasn’t getting there.
Antony combines with Casemiro as he romps down the middle. On the edge of the D, he lashes towards the top right. Hennessey parries well, but the ball breaks to Weghorst, who sticks out a leg to whip across the keeper and into the left-hand side of the net.
WEGHORST SCORES HIS FIRST GOAL FOR MAN UNITED 👏 pic.twitter.com/Jicdxo07Fi
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