Nottingham Forest 2-1 Manchester United: Morgan Gibbs-White with late winner

Morgan Gibbs-White scores for Nottingham Forest

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 and end his wait of more than six hours for a Premier League goal.

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 the second time since being promoted back to the top flight.

“What we are trying to do is to create an idea. The talent is there, so it’s the confidence to play,” said Forest manager Nuno, who replaced Steve Cooper earlier this month.

“It’s our responsibility in how we defend. But they have to believe in the idea. The spaces were there and it’s a credit to the players because we have only been here for 10 days and they are the ones really working very hard.”

It was another desperate night for Ten Hag, 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 club.

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

United 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.

Agony to ecstasy for keeper Turner

The relief on the face of Forest keeper Turner at the final whistle was clear for all to see.

The United States international had a shaky start to the game, with a couple of wayward passes putting the hosts in trouble as he attempted to follow Nuno’s demand to play out from the back.

His propensity to misplace passes ultimately proved costly as Rashford celebrated an equaliser where the blame lay squarely at his door.

An attempt to play out of his area was intercepted by the alert Alejandro Garnacho, who found Rashford and he applied a superb first-time finish.

Anguish soon turned to relief for the former Arsenal man, though. His save from Eriksen allowed him to start a counter that ended with Gibbs-White driving home his second goal of the season.

“At half-time the manager said we needed to be more aggressive with and without the ball,” Gibbs-White told BBC Sport.

“I am delighted to help the boys get the three points. I saw the space was there, stayed composed, breathed, and picked my spot. Thankfully it went in. I believe this club is really creating history.

“The only way now is forward, especially with the manager coming and the players believing and trusting in him.”

As Gibbs-White raced to celebrate with the Trent End faithful, at the other end of the field Turner was repeatedly punching the air.

He still had one more bit of work to do, repelling a deflected Bruno Fernandes effort as United pushed forward in desperation – and the ruffle of hair from Moussa Niakhate underlined he had earned a memorable reprieve.

“We had Morgan Gibbs-White [at Wolves] when he was 16 but now he is a different man and the credit must go to Steve Cooper, because I have found a different player,” added Nuno.

“He is mature. What we want from him is to be this guy we can rely on and to give him the ball because he is so talented.”

Player of the match

ElangaAnthony Elanga

with an average of 8.34

Nottingham Forest

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  6. Squad number40Player nameMurillo

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Manchester United

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  6. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Dalot
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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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Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Manchester United 1.

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