Manchester United vs Reading Live Stream and Highlights
Manchester United vs Reading Preview:
Date: February 18, 2013; Time: 8:00 PM UTC;
Venue: Old Trafford — Manchester.
Royals are hoping for FA Cup fifth round progress for only the third time ever. Brian McDermott’s team visits Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils who have lost only two of their last 19 home games in this competition.
Manchester United are at the top of the EPL table with 65 points from 26 games. Their current form has seen four straight wins and one draw with Real Madrid in Champions league in midweek. last five home game Red devils have finished with five straight wins. Also, Man Utd have won 15 of their last 19 FA Cup games at Old Trafford, losing just two. Red Devils have won the FA Cup (1999 and 2004) each previous time when they have defeated Fulham in the fourth round.
Reading are 18th in the league table with 23 points from 26 games. They are in need of one point to get out of relegation zone. Their present form from last five games has seen three wins, one draw and one defeat that came from Stoke last weekend. Last five games far away from home they have fionished with two wins and three draws. The Royals have past the fifth round twice in their history.
Manchester United back after hard 1-1 draw against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night. So head coach Sir Alex Ferguson will involve some fresh legs in this tie. Darren Fletcher is the only one new sidelined player. He has bowel illness. Paul Scholes is a few weeks away from his return. Such players like Alexander Buttner, Nani, Anderson and Ashley Young could all start from the first minutes.
Brian McDermott has travelled with his team to Dubai for a warm-weather trainings. He has the majority of his squad available for selection. Forward Jason Roberts still remains a few weeks from his return. So Pavel Pogrebnyak could replace him in attack with Adam Le Fondre dropped on the bench. Reading still can’t count on goalkeeper Alex McCarthy cause of shoulder injury.
Manchester United line-up: Lindegaard, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Buttner, Nani, Anderson, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, Hernandez.
Last three matches:
Real Madrid CF 1 – Man Utd. 1;
Man Utd. 2 – Everton 0;
Fulham 0 – Man Utd. 1.
Reading line-up: Federici, Kelly, Morrison, Mariappa, Harte Leigertwood, Kebe, Tabb, McAnuff, Robson-Kanu, Pogrebnyak.
Last three matches:
Stoke 2 – Reading 1;
Reading 2 – Sunderland 1;
Reading 2 – Chelsea FC 2.