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Friday, January 27, 2023

Why Manchester United are wearing black armbands v Nottingham Forest

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Manchester United are in action against Nottingham Forest tonight live on Amazon Prime.

The team’s starting line-up for the fixture is: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Shaw, Malacia; Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes; Antony, Rashford, Martial.

In addition to seeing World Cup star Raphael Varane make his return to the team, this is United’s first Premier League match since early November.

The side won 2-0 against Burnley in the Carabao Cup last week, with Christian Eriksen and Marcus Rashford scoring.

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There was a minute’s silence before kick-off at Old Trafford at 8pm and the players were wearing black armbands.

The reason for this was to pay tribute to England’s 1966 World Cup winner George Cohen.

He played in the same World Cup winning side as Manchester United legends Sir Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles.

Cohen died on December 23, at the age of 83. He spent his entire club career playing for Fulham.

Two of England’s 2022 World Cup stars are in the line-up tonight, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw, with Harry Maguire on the bench.

Premier League teams have worn black armbands also on Boxing Day and in the earlier clash today, with Chelsea beating Bournemouth.

Opponents Nottingham Forest have former United star Jesse Lingard in the side for the fixture and are also wearing black armbands, while Dean Henderson does not feature as he is ineligible to play this match due to the terms of his loan agreement.

Dan is a Manchester United supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than 10 years. He writes exclusively for United In Focus, leading the site’s growth in news, analysis and match coverage, and is also head of sport content for GRV Media.

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