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sport news Roy Keane says he deserved the PUNCH he took from Brian Clough trends now
sport news Roy Keane says he deserved the PUNCH he took from Brian Clough trends now

sport news Roy Keane says he deserved the PUNCH he took from Brian Clough trends now

THE NOTEBOOK: Roy Keane says he deserved the PUNCH he took from Brian Clough as City Ground legends return for a slice of history… while Casemiro shows Forest newcomer Danilo how it’s done

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Erik ten Hag took a step closer to silverware in his debut season at Manchester United, as his side thrashed Nottingham Forest 3-0 in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

The Red Devils took a healthy advantage into the second leg at Old Trafford and look poised for a Wembley return, thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford, Wout Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes.

Here, Sportsmail's TOM COLLOMOSSE sketches out some of the key talking points and things you may have missed from the City Ground...

Erik ten Hag took a big step towards the final as Man United thrashed Nottingham Forest 3-0

Erik ten Hag took a big step towards the final as Man United thrashed Nottingham Forest 3-0

Keane: I deserved to be punched by Clough

At one of their highest profile fixtures of modern times, there were plenty of reminders of Forest’s glorious past.

Stuart Pearce and Steve Hodge, part of the League Cup winning sides of 1989 and 1990, shared a warm hug in the Main Stand an hour before kick-off.

Roy Keane was part of Sky Sports’ panel while John McGovern, Garry Birtles and Nigel Jemson still attend nearly every home game.

Roy Keane says he once deserved a post-match punch from ex-Forest manager Brian Clough

Roy Keane says he once deserved a post-match punch from ex-Forest manager Brian Clough

There was even a Premier League-winning captain in Wes Morgan, although unfortunately for Forest he lifted the trophy for their East Midlands rivals Leicester in 2016.

Keane offered brilliant insight into Brian Clough’s style. ‘He punched me after a game one time, but it was probably the right thing to do,’ he reflected. 

‘The odd punch didn’t do any harm. I gave a short backpass against

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