FA CUP Match Preview : Manchester United vs Reading


Manchester United have won seven games in a row and are in great form as everything finally looks to be coming together under Jose Mourinho.

Reading have arguably been the surprise package of the Championship this season and should not be taken lightly by the home side.

Jaap Stam’s side have won eight of their last 10 matches and will be well rested having only completed two games since Christmas.

United are underwhelming favourites to win but Stam will want to enjoy a sensational return to Old Trafford. Naijabet.com

Reading’s only win against United came in 1927. Since then they have lost 10 of 14 meetings against the Premier League giants.

Team News

Manchester United – Changes are expected to be made to the side that beat West Ham 2-0 on Monday as Jose Mourinho admitted his players were drained from the Christmas period.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has returned to training, which means Eric Bailly, who is away on international duty, is the only player unavailable for Mourinho this weekend.

naijabet.comLuke Shaw is available and could make his first appearance since the end of November here. The likes of Daley Blind, Chris Smalling and Tim Fosu-Mensah could also get some game time here.

With Michael Carrick expected to be rested ahead of their clash with Liverpool the following weekend, Bastian Schweinsteiger could even find a place in the starting XI. Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba are two others who may be rested this weekend, although only one is expected to drop out.

Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will be looking to start, though the former two are favourites following their contributions in the last two matches.

Reading – Stephen Quinn and Deniss Rakels are expected to be the only players unavailable to manager Jaap Stam, who is gearing up for his first return to Old Trafford since leaving as a player in 2001.

The Dutchman is expected to play his strongest team as he eyes a fairytale return to his former club. Tyler Blackett and Paul McShane are also former Manchester United players returning to their former club this weekend.

Reading are poised to sign Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori, but he isn’t expected to be in contention to play on Saturday.


Match Facts

Man Utd have won their last 4 matches against Reading in all competitions.

Man Utd are undefeated in their last 7 matches (FA Cup).

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Manchester United has 1.17 odd to win the match on NaijaBet  while Manchester City has 14.88 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 6.72.


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