Manchester United v Reading

Former Manchester United player John O’Shea joined Reading in the summer
FA Cup third round on the BBC
Date: 4-7 January
Coverage: Live on BBC One, the BBC Sport website and app, BBC Radio 5 live, live text commentary on the BBC Sport website


Marouane Fellaini, Fred and Diogo Dalot could all return to Manchester United’s team for the FA Cup third-round visit of Reading.

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero could also make his first start since September for the visit of the Championship club.

Reading’s former United defender John O’Shea is hoping to start against the club he served for more than 10 years.

O’Shea won five Premier League titles, one Champions League, one FA Cup and two League Cups at Old Trafford.


Reading manager Jose Gomes: “It’s a special game. They’re a very strong team, now they’re playing with a different dynamic – it looks like the players are more comfortable with the way they are playing now.

“It’s a special moment playing against these teams, especially with the atmosphere at Old Trafford – it’s amazing.

“When I was assistant coach at Porto, I already had the honour to be in charge at Old Trafford – I was assistant coach but the head coach was in the stand.”


Manchester United are flying under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he will just want to keep that momentum going against a Reading side that are struggling in the Championship.

Prediction: 3-0

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  • Manchester United have lost just one of their 14 FA Cup matches against Reading and are unbeaten against them in the competition since a 1-2 defeat in a second round three replay back in January 1927.
  • United are unbeaten in 16 games in all competitions against Reading – winning each of the past five – a run that started in the FA Cup back in January 1936.

Manchester United

  • Since a 1-2 defeat against Swansea in the third round of the 2013-14 FA Cup, Manchester United have won each of their four such games at this stage without conceding a single goal.


  • This will be the seventh consecutive season Reading will be starting their FA Cup campaign away from home, winning two, drawing two and losing two of their previous six third-round games.

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