"Ten Hag is a dunce", "Not watching" - Manchester United fans lose their minds as attacker is benched for EFL Cup clash against Nottingham Forest

Manchester United fans wanted to see Sancho start.
Manchester United fans wanted to see Sancho start.

Manchester United fans are unhappy to see Jadon Sancho not start their team's Carabao Cup clash with Nottingham Forest tonight (February 1). The Red Devils have one foot in the final following their 3-0 win in the first leg at the City Ground.

Goals from Marcus Rashford, Wout Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes have all but confirmed United's place in the Carabao Cup final. If they overcome Forest, they will meet their top-four Premier League rivals Newcastle United at Wembley on February 26.

Erik ten Hag has rarely rotated his squad this season despite his side still competing in four competitions. However, David de Gea has been rested, with Tom Heaton coming in as his replacement in goal. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw are in defence. The latter returns after missing the FA Cup win over Reading last weekend.

Meanwhile, Casemiro, Fred and Bruno Fernandes are in midfield, with Antony, Alejandro Garnacho and Wout Weghorst in attack. One player many fans were expecting to get a run against Steve Cooper's side was Sancho.

Manchester United XI vs Nottingham Forest:Heaton; Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, Varane, Martinez; Casemiro, Fred, Fernandes; Antony, Garnacho, Weghorst.

The English winger has been out of action since November, undergoing individual training in the Netherlands. He returned to training with the first team this week and was selected in Manchester United's matchday squad for the Forest game.

He has struggled for form this season, scoring just three goals and providing an assist in 14 games. Ten Hag hopes Sancho's time away and working on himself will help him shine. Fans, though, will have to wait to see if the former Borussia Dortmund attacker is back to his best, as he starts on the bench at Old Trafford tonight.

Here's how they reacted on Twitter to Sancho not starting against Forest:

@TheEuropeanLad No sancho Iโ€™m not watching
Sancho no start ??โ€ฆ
no Sancho?โ€ฆ
Ten hag is a dunceโ€ฆ

Manchester United's new signing Marcel Sabitzer misses out against Forest, could debut against Crystal Palace

Marcel Sabitzer was a deadline day signing.
Marcel Sabitzer was a deadline day signing.

Manchester United secured the loan signing of Sabitzer from Bayern Munich on transfer deadline day (January 31). The Austrian midfielder arrived after Christian Eriksen was ruled out till early May with a knee injury.

However, Sabitzer cannot play in tonight's cup encounter with Forest, as he's still undergoing his visa process. He's expected to be a spectator at Old Trafford as the Red Devils hope to secure their place in the Carabao Cup final.

He may debut against Palace on Saturday (February 3), which will excite Red Devils fans. Sabitzer struggled for game time at the Allianz Arena, featuring 24 times across competitions and 11 times as a starter this season. He enjoyed a much more prominent role at RB Leipzig, scoring 52 goals and providing 42 assists in 229 games with the German side.

Manchester United fans will count on the Austrian to help them continue their push for a top-four finish and trophy success. He may even impress enough to entice Ten Hag to go for a permanent move.

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