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  • Date:01 Dec 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:24,095
  • Robson-Kanu (7) Le Fondre (18)
    Morrison (22)
  • Anderson (12)
    Rooney - pen (15) Rooney (29)
    van Persie (33)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Tabb on Ashley Young. Direct free kick taken by Jonny Evans.

92mins

Corner taken by Nicky Shorey from the left by-line, Close range shot by Sean Morrison clears the bar.

91mins

Corner taken by Nicky Shorey from the right by-line, Sean Morrison takes a shot. Anders Lindegaard makes a save.

91mins

Unfair challenge on Jay Tabb by Phil Jones results in a free kick. Nicky Shorey takes the free kick. Garath McCleary sends in a cross, Chris Smalling makes a clearance.

89mins

The ball is delivered by Noel Hunt, Chris Smalling gets a block in.

88mins

Shot on goal by Chris Smalling from just inside the area goes over the target.

85mins

Unfair challenge on Garath McCleary by Ashley Young results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

84mins

Garath McCleary crosses the ball.

83mins

(Reading) makes a substitution, with Noel Hunt coming on for Hal Robson-Kanu.

81mins

Adam Le Fondre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.

79mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Jay Tabb. Jay Tabb goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Garath McCleary on for Jobi McAnuff. Free kick taken by Ashley Young.

78mins

The ball is delivered by Jobi McAnuff, save by Anders Lindegaard.

76mins

Adrian Mariappa fouled by Danny Welbeck, the ref awards a free kick. Jay Tabb takes the direct free kick.

75mins

Shot by Jay Tabb from outside the box goes over the net.

74mins

Danny Welbeck joins the action as a substitute, replacing Robin van Persie.

74mins

Ashley Young has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

72mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pavel Pogrebnyak by Jonny Evans. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Nicky Shorey, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.

69mins

Jason Roberts goes off and Pavel Pogrebnyak comes on.

67mins

Close range effort by Robin van Persie misses to the left of the target.

65mins

Shot by Robin van Persie from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

65mins

Hal Robson-Kanu produces a cross, Jonny Evans manages to make a clearance.

64mins

The official flags Patrice Evra offside. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.

64mins

The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra.

62mins

Unfair challenge on Adrian Mariappa by Robin van Persie results in a free kick. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.

62mins

Unfair challenge on Jonny Evans by Jason Roberts results in a free kick. Anders Lindegaard restarts play with the free kick.

61mins

The ball is swung over by Nicky Shorey, clearance made by Jonny Evans.

61mins

Phil Jones produces a cross, clearance by Sean Morrison.

58mins

Hal Robson-Kanu sends in a cross.

57mins

Adam Le Fondre takes a shot. Save made by Anders Lindegaard.

56mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jobi McAnuff, clearance made by Phil Jones.

56mins

Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Shorey, Anders Lindegaard makes a save.

55mins

The ball is swung over by Jason Roberts, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.

55mins

Nicky Shorey crosses the ball, clearance by Darren Fletcher.

55mins

Jason Roberts sends in a cross.

54mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Tabb on Michael Carrick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Wayne Rooney, clearance by Nicky Shorey.

52mins

Phil Jones sends in a cross, Sean Morrison manages to make a clearance.

51mins

The ball is sent over by Jobi McAnuff, save made by Anders Lindegaard.

50mins

The ball is swung over by Adam Le Fondre, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.

49mins

Robin van Persie crosses the ball, clearance by Sean Morrison.

48mins

Shot from outside the area by Jobi McAnuff misses to the left of the goal.

48mins

Nicky Shorey crosses the ball.

46mins

Mikele Leigertwood takes a shot. Darren Fletcher gets a block in.

46mins

Foul by Jonny Evans on Jason Roberts, free kick awarded. Nicky Shorey takes the direct free kick.

45mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Roberts on Ashley Young. Oliveira Anderson goes off and Phil Jones comes on. Jonny Evans takes the free kick.

44mins

Centre by Hal Robson-Kanu, Anders Lindegaard makes a save.

43mins

Mikele Leigertwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie. Jonny Evans takes the direct free kick.

42mins

Jobi McAnuff sends in a cross, Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.

41mins

The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, Jay Tabb makes a clearance.

41mins

Wayne Rooney produces a cross, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.

40mins

Nicky Shorey sends in a cross, Darren Fletcher manages to make a clearance.

39mins

A cross is delivered by Ashley Young, Chris Smalling takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Federici. Robin van Persie takes a shot. Sean Morrison gets a block in.

37mins

The offside flag is raised against Robin van Persie. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

35mins

Unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu by Patrice Evra results in a free kick. Nicky Shorey fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Anders Lindegaard.

34mins

Robin van Persie finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 3-4 Man Utd.Assist by Wayne Rooney.

33mins

Hal Robson-Kanu crosses the ball, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.

31mins

Chris Smalling joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rafael Da Silva.

30mins

The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra, Wayne Rooney finds the net with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Reading 3-3 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Patrice Evra.

29mins

Ashley Young sends in a cross, Sean Morrison manages to make a clearance.

28mins

Rafael Da Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. Rafael Da Silva is cautioned. Nicky Shorey crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.

27mins

Centre by Hal Robson-Kanu, save made by Anders Lindegaard.

26mins

Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Hal Robson-Kanu results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.

25mins

Unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Darren Fletcher results in a free kick. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.

24mins

Jason Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Fletcher. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.

22mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey, Sean Morrison grabs a headed goal from close range. Reading 3-2 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Nicky Shorey.

22mins

The ball is delivered by Hal Robson-Kanu, Jonny Evans manages to make a clearance.

22mins

Jay Tabb sends in a cross, clearance by Rio Ferdinand.

22mins

A cross is delivered by Hal Robson-Kanu, Robin van Persie manages to make a clearance.

21mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Rafael Da Silva. Free kick crossed by Jobi McAnuff, Jonny Evans manages to make a clearance.

19mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey, Adam Le Fondre grabs a headed goal from close range. Reading 2-2 Man Utd.Assist by Nicky Shorey.

18mins

Hal Robson-Kanu delivers the ball, Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.

16mins

Jonny Evans fouled by Jay Tabb, the ref awards a Penalty. Wayne Rooney scores a placed penalty. Reading 1-2 Man Utd.Assist on the goal came from Jonny Evans.

15mins

Corner from left by-line taken by Wayne Rooney.

15mins

Ashley Young delivers the ball, clearance by Shaun Cummings.

13mins

Oliveira Anderson grabs a goal from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Reading 1-1 Man Utd.Ashley Young provided the assist for the goal.

13mins

A cross is delivered by Hal Robson-Kanu, Rio Ferdinand makes a clearance.

12mins

The ball is swung over by Adam Le Fondre, save by Anders Lindegaard.

11mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rafael Da Silva on Jason Roberts. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.

11mins

Wayne Rooney sends in a cross, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.

10mins

Centre by Patrice Evra, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.

8mins

Hal Robson-Kanu finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Reading 1-0 Man Utd.Assist by Jobi McAnuff.

8mins

Jobi McAnuff sends in a cross, Jonny Evans manages to make a clearance.

5mins

The ball is sent over by Oliveira Anderson.

4mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Ashley Young misses to the right of the target.

3mins

The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.

2mins

The ball is sent over by Shaun Cummings, clearance by Darren Fletcher.

1mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Tabb by Darren Fletcher. Nicky Shorey crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Rafael Da Silva manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

Le Fondre puts United loyalties aside Adam Le Fondre is ready to risk a family feud by helping Reading beat the club he grew up idolising. Lifelong Manchester United fan Le Fondre admitted taking on the team he still supports was "fairytale" stuff for a player who was plying his trade in npower League Two as recently as last year. But the former Stockport, Rochdale and Rotherham striker insisted he would have no qualms scoring the goal that denied United top spot in the Barclays Premier League if it helped Reading in their bid to beat the drop. Le Fondre was raised as a United fan and, asked about the prospect of scoring, said: "I don't think my dad will be pleased." The same could not be said for his dad's brother, whose family all follow champions Manchester City, the team which stands to profit from any Reading victory this weekend. "It's going to be a great occasion for me personally and, obviously, for my family as well," Le Fondre added. "My dad loves United. He used to go to all the games. "He used to travel away from home. I think he even went to a few of the European games." Le Fondre's father passed on the United bug to his children, who grew up idolising the side who went on to dominate English football for the next two decades. Players like Brian McClair and Eric Cantona were Le Fondre's early heroes and tomorrow's game at the Madejski Stadium gives him the chance to take on their modern counterparts Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez. "You look at Rooney and Van Persie, they're two at the top of their game - world-class strikers," said Le Fondre, who admitted he would not be able to resist souvenir-hunting. "But I'm not here to swap shirts," he added. "I'm here to win the three points and that's the main thing." Jimmy Kebe remains a major doubt for Reading. Midfielder Kebe has faced a tricky recovery from the groin injury that has kept him out for almost three weeks. Danny Guthrie should be available following a thigh problem that has laid him low this month but Alex McCarthy and Jem Karacan remain sidelined. Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson is refusing to accept that the title race is a two-horse race already - but the Manchester United boss would not be surprised if that is how it ends up. With United maintaining their position at the top of the Premier League by beating West Ham on Wednesday, neighbours City remaining unbeaten and neither West Brom nor Chelsea able to win in midweek, a gap has suddenly opened up between the Manchester duo and the rest. A point in front of City, the Red Devils are now seven ahead of third-placed Chelsea, sparking fears of a runaway, as was the case last season when Arsenal were an incredible 19 points behind the pair who were split by the tightest of goal difference margins. "You can't be certain of saying it's going to be a two-horse race at this stage," said Ferguson. "But over the years we've said that the top five or six are all capable of winning the league and eventually it does ends up being a two-horse race. Year after year it's been like that. "There was space between the two teams and others last year. "The important thing to do is just look at yourselves - we want to be up there all the time. We need to stay up there and this is not an easy league to do it in." News of Nemanja Vidic's imminent return from knee surgery is a major plus. There is still a feeling that Vidic's partnership with Rio Ferdinand is the best United have open to them, even if the latter man's appearances are having to be restricted these days as well. "I gave Rio a rest the other night with this game in mind," said Ferguson. "With Chris Smalling and Phil Jones back it definitely gives me the right type of problem." Ferguson accepted the irony of a situation that just as he is starting to see some easing in the defensive nightmare he has endured since the season began, now his wide players should start falling by the wayside. Nani and Antonio Valencia have been ruled out of the Reading trip with hamstring and hip injuries respectively, while Ashley Young's form has not been the same since he returned from a knee problem.

Formation:442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

Formation: 4411Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

  • Adam Federici
  • Shaun Cummings
  • Adrian Mariappa
  • Sean Morrison
  • Nicky Shorey
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Mikele Leigertwood
  • Jay Tabb
  • Jobi McAnuff
  • Adam Le Fondre
  • Jason Roberts
  • SUBS
  • Stuart Taylor
  • Alex Pearce
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
  • Noel Hunt
  • Garath McCleary
  • Danny Guthrie
  • Ian Harte

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Match Report

Form Guide

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  • Reading
  • VS
  • Man Utd
  • WWWLWW

Last Meetings

  • Reading
  • 0 - 2
  • Man Utd
  • 19/01/2008
  • Man Utd
  • 0 - 0
  • Reading
  • 12/08/2007
  • Man Utd
  • 3 - 2
  • Reading
  • 30/12/2006
  • Reading
  • 1 - 1
  • Man Utd
  • 23/09/2006

Top Scorers

Reading

  • P Pogrebnyak 2
  • N Hunt 2
  • H Robson-Kanu 2
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • K Gorkss 1
  • A Le Fondre 1
  • JB Kebe 1
  • D Guthrie 1
  • G McCleary 1
  • S Morrison 1

Man Utd

  • R van Persie 8
  • JB Hernandez 5
  • P Evra 2
  • W Rooney 2
  • R Da Silva 2
  • J Evans 2
  • S Kagawa 2
  • P Scholes 1
  • D Fletcher 1
  • LC Nani 1
  • T Cleverley 1
  • D Welbeck 1
  • A Buttner 1
  • N Powell 1

Goals

Reading

    • Total goals 39
    • Goals per game 16
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man Utd

    • Total goals 56
    • Goals per game 33
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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