skip to content
Javier Hernandez produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 20 yards. Adam Federici makes a save. Jem Karacan concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. Strike on goal comes in from Luis Nani from the free kick.
Nicky Shorey takes a inswinging corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jem Karacan by Luis Nani. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nicky Shorey, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken short by Luis Nani.
Shot by Javier Hernandez. Adam Federici makes a save. Effort on goal by Luis Nani from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Stephen Kelly produces a cross, clearance by Nemanja Vidic. Danny Guthrie takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Smalling.
The ball is swung over by Jobi McAnuff, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance. Shot on goal by Stephen Kelly from just inside the area clears the crossbar. Michael Carrick on for Oliveira Anderson.
Jobi McAnuff gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-1 Reading.
Drilled right-footed shot by Jobi McAnuff. Chris Smalling gets a block in. Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
Centre by Nicky Shorey.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa. Handball decision goes against Antonio Valencia. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
The ball is crossed by Jem Karacan, save made by David De Gea.
Javier Hernandez grabs a headed goal from close range. Man Utd 2-0 Reading.The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.
Shot from 12 yards from Adam Le Fondre. Save made by David De Gea. The assistant referee signals for offside against Noel Hunt. David De Gea takes the indirect free kick.
Hal Robson-Kanu on for Garath McCleary.
Luis Nani grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Reading.Assist by Antonio Valencia.
Centre by Luis Nani, save by Adam Federici.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Sean Morrison gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, Nicky Shorey gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance by Stephen Kelly.
Luis Nani has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Tom Cleverley, Sean Morrison makes a clearance.
Tom Cleverley produces a cross, Stephen Kelly manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the right by-line, Effort from the edge of the box by Luis Nani goes wide of the right-hand upright. (Reading) makes a substitution, with Danny Guthrie coming on for Mikele Leigertwood. (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Robin van Persie coming on for Ashley Young.
Noel Hunt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by David De Gea.
Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici. Short corner worked by Oliveira Anderson. Luis Nani sends in a cross, clearance by Sean Morrison.
Garath McCleary takes a shot. Blocked by Oliveira Anderson.
Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Young. Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Young, Nemanja Vidic takes a shot. Blocked by Sean Morrison.
Noel Hunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Smalling. Noel Hunt booked. Chris Smalling takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Noel Hunt results in a free kick. Chris Smalling takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Jem Karacan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alexander Buttner.
Shot by Luis Nani. Save by Adam Federici.
Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Blocked by Sean Morrison. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Oliveira Anderson from the right by-line, clearance by Stephen Kelly.
Shot from 25 yards from Luis Nani. Save by Adam Federici. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Javier Hernandez. Nicky Shorey takes the indirect free kick.
Effort on goal by Garath McCleary from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Stephen Kelly results in a free kick. Alexander Buttner takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Danny Welbeck, clearance by Sean Morrison. Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Luis Nani strikes the post.
Adam Le Fondre takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by David De Gea.
Mikele Leigertwood fouled by Luis Nani, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sean Morrison.
A cross is delivered by Alexander Buttner, clearance made by Sean Morrison.
Sean Morrison has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left. Phil Jones leaves the field to be replaced by Luis Nani.
Garath McCleary sends in a cross, clearance by Antonio Valencia.
Adam Le Fondre takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
Phil Jones fouled by Jobi McAnuff, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson. Tom Cleverley challenges Jem Karacan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Tom Cleverley. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Oliveira Anderson, Header by Chris Smalling from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Effort on goal by Garath McCleary from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Nicky Shorey takes the inswinging corner, Tom Cleverley manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Jem Karacan on Javier Hernandez, free kick awarded. Chris Smalling takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Alexander Buttner, Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.
Shot by Tom Cleverley. Save by Adam Federici. Ashley Young takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save. Short corner taken by Ashley Young.
The ball is delivered by Alexander Buttner.
Nemanja Vidic challenges Noel Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Nicky Shorey, clearance made by Chris Smalling. Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Hernandez on Sean Morrison. Sean Morrison takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Jobi McAnuff. Garath McCleary gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexander Buttner. Alexander Buttner takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Kelly by Ashley Young. Direct free kick taken by Sean Morrison.
Centre by Phil Jones, save by Adam Federici.
Javier Hernandez is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
The ball is sent over by Jobi McAnuff, Phil Jones makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey from the right by-line, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
Garath McCleary challenges Alexander Buttner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alexander Buttner takes the free kick.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Kelly.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
Javier Hernandez is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Stephen Kelly gets a block in. Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.
RVP not interested in rest
Striker Robin van Persie wants to play every game for Manchester United.
With the second leg of their Champions League tie against Real Madrid to come and a Premier League title within their grasp, the Dutchman could be forgiven for hoping for a day off on Monday when United face Reading in the FA Cup.
But that is not the way the 29-year-old sees it.
"I have found out that when you play for Manchester United, every game is a big game," he said.
"There are some extra-special matches - like when you play City or Liverpool in the Premier League and Real Madrid in the Champions League - but the so-called smaller games are important also because winning those games makes you champions.
"Personally, I love to play all of the games.
"You get into a rhythm. I get used to having a game every three days and when you don't play for a week, it can take maybe 10 or 15 minutes to get your rhythm back.
"I want to play against Reading. I want to keep going, playing all of the games.
"I love the intensity of playing for United. It is great to be involved in huge games when you don't know what is going to happen.
"You get more out of it when there is a thin line between winning and losing.
"I love the buzz, the drama, the excitement. I live for that. I can't imagine the day when I have to stop playing. I know I will miss the buzz so much."
Meanwhile, Javier Hernandez has claimed David de Gea will be the best keeper in the world within the next two years.
De Gea has come in for huge amounts of criticism at times following his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011, most of it centred around the difficulties he has had dealing with crosses and the physicality of the Premier League.
There was still some evidence of that weakness on Wednesday night, when De Gea produced what is widely acknowledged to be his best appearance for United, making a string of fine saves in the Champions League draw with Real Madrid.
"A lot of people who know about football know that David is a top-class goalkeeper," Hernandez told MUTV.
"That is why Manchester United bought him.
"They saw how good he can be. If he wasn't at the right level to play at this club he wouldn't be here and they are trying to look after him.
"To me, he is a complete goalkeeper. You see the great saves he made on Wednesday. He can also play with his feet, which is very useful to see in a goalkeeper.
"Other people are speaking about when he has to go out and clear the corners and free-kicks. They say that is the weak part of his game.
"But I think he is doing brilliant and in a couple of years he will be the number one in the world."
Reading manager Brian McDermott accepts Reading have been handed the "hardest possible" FA Cup fifth-round tie, but will not be pushing the panic button if his side are chasing the game again in the closing stages.
The Royals have recovered some form in their battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League, collecting 10 points out of a possible 15 since the start of the year.
That upturn in fortunes has been down in no small part to McDermott's men showing a never-say-die attitude which has seen them coming from 2-0 down with eight minutes left to beat West Brom 3-2, before then hitting two goals in the final three minutes to snatch a draw against Chelsea.
Although the Royals could not produce a repeat performance at Stoke last weekend, McDermott is confident his squad have the battling qualities to test United right through to the final whistle at Old Trafford.
"Since I have been manager, I have been lucky enough to get a lot of great wins, coming from behind, and we were really unfortunate not to be able to do it again last week," McDermott said on Reading Player.
"Obviously we don't want to concede, but if we do, we know this team will keep going to the end.
"While you can't rely on a late comeback, you know if you are in that situation, the players have that heart and desire to come back."
Midfielders Jimmy Kebe and Mikele Leigertwood are doubts for Monday night's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Manchester United with unspecified knocks.
Forwards Adam Le Fondre and Noel Hunt are back in contention after coming off the bench in last week's Barclays Premier League defeat at Stoke.
Striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) continue their rehabilitation.
"Chelsea v Tottenham"
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk