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Forest back in drop-zone after United defeat

Antony and Dalot found the back of the net this afternoon as Manchester United cruised to a 2-0 victory over Forest. It was a lacklustre performance in what was one of Forest' remaining games in their fight to escape relegation. The score was however fairly generous to Forest, as they put up little resistance against a United side that squandered several chances in and out the box which could of made this an even more embarrassing story.

Both teams came out swinging at the start of the match, with each looking to make a statement. Erik ten Hag's side fired the first warning shot when Bruno Fernandes unleashed a thunderous strike that was ultimately blocked by Keylor Navas. Nottingham Forest responded with an almost-goal from Scott McKenna, whose effort struck the woodwork. A goal at that moment could have swung the momentum in Forest's favor, but their failure to convert their chance proved costly. Poor defending from Forest allowed Martial to find space, but Navas made an impressive save - however, the former PSG 'keeper wasn't able to prevent Antony slotting home the rebound, giving United the lead on the 32nd minute.

In the second half, Navas was kept busy as United continued to mount pressure. Despite Antony missing his shot and Eriksen's attempt being saved again by Navas, it was Antony's exceptional through ball that led to Dalot scoring his first Premier League goal on his 100th Man United appearance in the 76th, sealing the win for Ten Hag's men and solidifying their position in the top four in third place.

Forest's situation has taken a turn for the worse as a result of this, as they have now been plunged back into the drop-zone. The Red Devils, on the other hand, have widened the gap between themselves and Newcastle United in fourth place by three points. Aston Villa dealt a 3-0 defeat to Newcastle in their previous match. Meanwhile, Forest failed to take advantage of Everton's loss to Fulham, and now Cooper's future as head coach seems uncertain due to a long concession of poor results.

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