Manchester United v Reading LIVE! FA Cup match streams, latest team news, line-ups, TV, predictions today
With one foot already firmly planted in the Carabao Cup final, the FA Cup represents another realistic silverware target for Manchester United this season as they seek to end a six-year wait for a major trophy. Erik ten Hag Reading’s home Championship side in the fourth round at Old Trafford tonight are looking to continue their impressive recent form.
United lost 3-2 to Arsenal in the Premier League last weekend but were lifted by their 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday. The result nearly sealed a place at Wembley and United will have chances to progress past familiar opponents Reading, who are five points clear of the Championship play-off places but have struggled of late under the ex-Red Devils star Paul Inc.
United are on a 10-game winning streak in all competitions at home and Marcus Rashford will be hoping to continue his brilliant goalscoring form, while Harry Maguire is set for a rare start. Follow Manchester United vs Reading live below!
Head-to-head history and results (h2h)
United’s only defeat against Reading dates back to 1927.
Manchester United win: 14
Reading wins: 1
Patrice Evra urges Man United to respect Reading
Speaking to Betfair, Evra said: “Normally cup matches are a good opportunity to give players chances, but at the moment I don’t think Ten Hag looks at this match like that. he’s looking to win, so I think he’ll release his best XI. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a strong Man United XI against Reading.
“In my experience, in these kinds of games you can easily fall into a trap. That’s also what I like about the FA Cup.
“They have to be careful, reading won’t make it easy for them and they have to respect them. If they do, I can see United scoring early and winning comfortably. If they don’t respect them, United can lose the match.
Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Reading
Confirmed Man United roster
Erik ten Hag won’t take credit for Marcus Rashford’s return to form
Erik ten Hag refuses to take credit for Marcus Rashford’s return to form.
“I’m not Harry Potter,” the United manager said.
“It’s just confidence. Each player must do and obtain their own confidence. He fought for it, he invested in it. Of course, with my coaching staff, we bring structures, especially in the way of playing, that give him the routines he needs to get into the right position.
Erik ten Hag makes Pellistri’s admission
Ten Hag has hinted that Manchester United could now keep Facundo Pellistri.
“We have our ideas. For some players we are open to loans, but for some players they are not. We put Pellistri (Wednesday), that’s a signal,” the United boss said.
A look inside Old Trafford
FA Cup draw: start time, how to watch, fifth round ball numbers
Manchester City are the first team in the hat for Monday’s FA Cup fifth round draw.
Pep Guardiola’s side beat Premier League leaders Arsenal on Friday in the glamorous fourth-round draw thanks to Nathan Ake’s terrific second-half finish.
Tottenham, Manchester United, West Ham and Fulham are among the other top clubs looking to qualify for the next round this weekend.
A trip to Wembley is now just one lap away for those heading to this stage of the oldest World Cup competition as anticipation and excitement grows for those taking part.
Here’s everything you need to know about the FA Cup fifth round draw.
Ten Hag: Man United won’t win trophies unless things change
Erik ten Hag told his Manchester United players they had to change their mindset if they wanted to win trophies.
United slipped to a 3-2 loss to Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday afternoon after Eddie Nketiah scored a 90th-minute winner.
Ten Hag admitted he was “annoyed” after the result, which saw his side remain third in the table and they are now 11 points behind Arsenal.
The Dutchman said his side are ‘like a game of cards with the goals we concede’ and they need to change their mentality going forward.
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