Monday February 18, 2013 5th Round Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 2 - 1 Reading

  • Nani 69’
  • Hernández 72’
  • McAnuff 81’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Reading
    • FULL TIME: Man Utd 2-1 Reading. Thanks for joining us!
    • 90+5' Hernandez brings the best out of Federici again as the match ticks into another minute. Fergie tapping his watch. Not happy.
    • 90+4' So close for Reading! Shorey swings it and Le Fondre gets a glancing header to it and it nearly goes in! It deflects behind for a corner.
    • 90+3' Morrison hurls another long throw into the box but United are back in numbers to clear. Nani fouls Karacan. The keeper is up for this free kick! Last chance...
    • 90+2' Cleverly launches it forward to nobody in particular but it’s more time wasted.
    • 90+1' Fergie has already taken a glance at his watch as United hold it up in the Reading corner. Three minutes to go Fergie...
    • 90' Van Persie puts Welbeck through behind the Reading defence but Morrison gets back to force a corner. Four added minutes.
    • 89' Morrison hurls a long throw into the box and Hunt nearly gets a decisive head on it but it lacks power. Time nearly up.
    • 88' Reading pouring men forward in search of that equaliser. They could get caught on the break.
    • 87' A run and shot from Hernandez forces another save from Federici!
    • 86' Reading have scored seven goals in the final five minutes of matches this season...
    • 85' United giving the ball away cheaply in silly areas and inviting pressure. They relieve the pressure by winning a throw.
    • 84' Kelly swings in a cross and it drops to Le Fondre but his shot is blocked. Nani plays in Welbeck down the right but his touch lets him down and it’s out for a goal kick. Frantic stuff.
    • 83' Man Utd sub: Carrick on for Anderson.
    • 82' United are sitting back and inviting pressure. A shot comes in from Kelly but it sails over. Fergie looks furious.
    • 81' Suddenly Reading have a second wind as Carrick prepares to come on. How many times do they do this?
    • 80' GOAL Reading! Great pressure from Hunt to put off Smalling and the ball falls into the path of McAnuff who slides it under De Gea. The comeback kings are at it again...
    • 79' United totally dominant in possession now. After all their pressing the legs have gone out of the Reading players. A shot comes in from Robson-Kanu and he appeals for a penalty for a Vidic hand ball but nothing in it.
    • 78' Nani again seeing lots of the ball down the right hand side. His cross is cut out. He’s been the stand out player tonight.
    • 77' It’s not over for Reading. They’ve scored a large amount of their goals in the last 15 minutes of recent matches. But it’s a goal kick to Man Utd.
    • 76' Valencia again finds Nani down the right but his cross is easily cut out by Federici.
    • 75' A great ball from van Persie finds Nani on the right but his cross towards Anderson is well cut out. United look in the mood to add to those two goals.
    • 74' Nice interplay between Welbeck and Nani but the ball just has too much pace on it and Federici falls on it. One way traffic now.
    • 73' Valencia sets Hernandez again but his volley is well blocked by Mariappa.
    • 72' So it looks like the Royals resistance has finally been broken. McCleary is off for Robson-Kanu.
    • 71' GOAL United! A great ball in from Nani and Hernandez times his run perfectly to nod past Federici.
    • 70' Great save De Gea! A terrific volley from Le Fondre from Hunt’s header back and it’s a really good reaction save to his left to keep United ahead.
    • 69' GOAL Man Utd! And it’s come from Nani from Valencia’s set-up. He’s had a number of shots at Federici and this one beats Federici via Morrison’s hand.
    • 68' Van Persie has his first shot blocked after nice build up work from Cleverly. United dominant as Federici punches clear another cross.
    • 67' Valencia combines with Nani who again tries to find Van Persie. It’s out for a corner and Reading thump it clear once more.
    • 66' So Fergie has rolled the dice and brought on his danger man. It’s a red tide at the moment...
    • 65' Cleverly swings in a cross that nearly falls to Van Persie. It comes back out to Nani who thumps another shot just wide. He’s looked sharp tonight.
    • 64' Le Fondre goes down on the edge of the box looking for a free kick but Andre Marriner is not buying it.
    • 63' Reading sub: Guthrie for Leigertwood. United sub: Van Persie for Young.
    • 62' A great ball in from Buttner and Kelly heads clear. Nani steers the ball just wide from the corner.
    • 61' Fergie already looking at his watch with the third official. Guthrie about to come on for Reading.
    • 60' Anderson storms up the other end and forces Federici into another crucial save to keep the scores level.
    • 59' Le Fondre plays a neat one two in the box and it falls to McCleary but Anderson blocks his shot. Close for Reading.
    • 58' Young swings in another corner and Vidic is first to the header but ricochets away off Morrison.
    • 57' Nani streams forward and plays it wide to Hernandez who forces a corner. Early chance but Reading clear comfortably.
    • 56' A really poor ball from Smalling goes straight out of play and the home fans jeer that one. Not good.
    • 55' Remember, if it stays level tonight, there will be a replay at Reading.
    • 54' Carrick and Giggs warming up. Time for a change? Hunt booked for a late challenge on Smalling.
    • 53' SHOTS: Man Utd 13-5 Reading. POSSESSION Man Utd 50%-50% Reading
    • 52' Valencia crosses to nobody in particular and three Reading defenders could have headed that away. Still United press. Fergie is out of his seat by the touchline and doesn’t look impressed.
    • 51' Nani shots from a long way out and Federici snaffles it. A bit ambitious there.
    • 50' Cleverly drives in another shot and Reading are grateful to clear. Anderson wins a corner and Kelly heads clear.
    • 49' Morrison forced to concede a throw under pressure from Welbeck. United have again started the half well.
    • 48' Valencia flicks it on to Anderson but his touch sat up and allowed a Reading defender to get a block in.
    • 47' Hernandez penalised for another foul. He’s come out the wrong end of Andre Mariner’s whistle so far for climbing on defenders.
    • 46' Noel Hunt is the last man to run on after having six staples put into that nasty looking cut to the back of his head.
    • 45' We’re back underway here. No changes for either side as yet.
    • HALF TIME: Man Utd 0-0 Reading
    • 45+4' Another great effort from Nani and Federici is forced to palm it behind for a corner.
    • 45+3' Reading pressing at the end of this half. They win a throw deep in the United half. A mazy run from Le Fondre but he tries to take on one man too many.
    • 45+2' Shot from McCleary sails over De Gea’s bar from just outside the box. Worth a pop with no support.
    • 45+1' Anderson just fails to play in Hernandez down the right. Good spell from United.
    • 45' Welbeck’s shot is blocked and it falls to Nani on the volley who rifles a terrific first time volley against the post! We have four added minutes.
    • 44' Valencia drops to right back in the reshuffle. An shot comes in from Le Fondre from distance and De Gea saves well to his left.
    • 43' Buttner swings in a dangerous cross but Morrison is there to head clear. Nani penalised for a foul and Reading wanted to play on with men pouring forward.
    • 42' Man Utd sub: Nani on for Jones.
    • 41' United still under pressure McAnuff finds space on the left and the ball is eventually played back to Morrison who shoots wide.
    • 40' Le Fondre plays a one two with Hunt but his shot is blocked.
    • 39' Ferdinand is warming up and so is Nani. Looks like the end of the night for Jones.
    • 38' Jones is back up again but limping heavily. It doesn’t look too good...
    • 37' Young finds Valencia on the far right but his cross is easily cut out. Jones goes down after a strong challenge but a fair one.
    • 36' A poor pass from Jones and it’s out for a Reading throw. United struggling to play their usual one touch stuff tonight.
    • 35' Reading have another free kick on the half way line Harte pumps it into the United box and Vidic clears again.
    • 34' Reading hounding the United players, closing them down all over the park. Really up for it tonight.
    • 33' Anderson swings in the corner and Smalling rises to head well over the bar.
    • 33' Cleverly rifles in another shot which is cleared. Valencia wins a corner off Mariappa.
    • 32' Reading have the poorest away record of any side in the Premier League but they’re playing well tonight.
    • 31' Young tries to play in Welbeck but Mariappa easily shepherds it out for a goal kick.
    • 30' Remember, the winner of this tie faces Chelsea or Middlesbrough in the quarter finals.
    • 29' Le Fondre plays it to McAnuff but this time Jones does enough to win a goal kick. McAnuff thinks it’s a corner and isn’t happy. All Reading at the moment!
    • 28' Shorey swiongs in the corner and again Morrison wins the header. United eventually clear. Hernandez goes down looking for a free kick. Nothing given.
    • 27' Great work down the left from McAnuff and Buttner is forced to head his cross behind for another Reading corner.
    • 26' Noel Hunt can’t quite keep in Leigertwood’s ball and it’s out for a United goal kick.
    • 25' Cleverly puts a little too much on his cross and it’s out for a goal kick.
    • 24' Reading back with 11 men and Hunt nearly finds space in the box. United clear.
    • 22' United now doing all the pressing and Federici is grateful to grab Buttner’s cross. Real good cup tie now. Hunt comes back on again with his third short of the night!
    • 21' GREAT SAVE Federici! He palms away Cleverly’s initial shot and it looks a tap in for Young but a brilliant follow up save turns it round the post.
    • 20' Hunt is bleeding all over his shirt again so the bandage job has not done the trick.
    • 19' It’s United who look like the away side at the moment, sitting deep and playing on the break.
    • 18' Shorey swings in a dangerous free kick and United clear through Vidic under pressure from Morrison. Great defensive header.
    • 17' Apart from the opening five minutes, Reading have been in control this. United can’t seem to get their foot on the ball. Vidic penalised for a foul on Hunt.
    • 16' A great ball down the left wing finds McAnuff in acres of space and he gets the cross in but nobody is up quickly enough with him.
    • 15' Reading have definitely found their rhythm and are stringing some passes together in the United half.
    • 14' Young penalised for a foul as Hunt continues to receive treatment. His head is bandaged up and he also has a new shirt and pair of shorts!
    • 13' Vidic also receives attention so we’ll have a little time added onto the end of this half. Hunt's head is still gushing blood and off he goes. Reading play it back to De Gea.
    • 12' Hunt is covered in blood after a clash of heads with Vidic. He’s back up and looks okay but there is a lot of claret! He’ll need bandaging up.
    • 11' Jones swings in a wicked cross and Federici gathers really well under pressure from Hernandez.
    • 10' STAT: Reading have been United just once before in the FA Cup, at Villa Park in 1927.
    • 9' Reading seem to have weathered the early United storm. It’s been a good start to this match.
    • 8' Shorey takes the corner and Vidic eventually smuggles it away under pressure from Morrison. McAnuff swings it in again and United clear again.
    • 7' Reading have spent the last two minutes in the United half and Smalling is forced to concede a corner.
    • 6' Hunt does well down the right flank to win Reading a throw. Kelly wins another throw off Vidic. Good little spell for the visitors.
    • 5' Valencia caught offside down the right flank. Reading take a breather, they have seen little of the ball so far.
    • 4' Well what a start for United! They could have had a couple already. It was a good early save from Federici low to his left to deny Welbeck.
    • 3' United with all the early possession as you’d expect. Reading will do a lot of chasing tonight you suspect and try and catch them on the counter. Young plays in Welbeck and he forces Federici into a save!
    • 2' United nearly score! Welbeck threads it to Hernandez and he dallies slightly too long before getting his shot away. It nearly falls back to Welbeck but Federici gratefully grabs it.
    • 1' Chicharito does his usual pre-match prayer in the centre circle and referee Andre Marriner blows the whistle to get us underway here. I think they’ll be goals tonight. Both sides opting for 4-4-2.
    • 19.55 Five minutes to kick off at Old Trafford. MATCH ODDS: Man Utd 2/9, Reading 10/1, Draw 11/2. If you’d like to air your views during the game, tweet me @fmasefield.
    • 19.50 There should be goals tonight. The clash between the two teams earlier in the season (in the Premier League) saw seven goals scored in the opening 35 minutes.
    • 19.45 It looks a tough task for Reading tonight. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have conceded just one goal in their last five FA Cup matches at Old Trafford.
    • 19.40 This is the third time in the last four years that Reading have reached the FA Cup fifth round; and only the eighth time in their history. On each of the last two appearances, they have progressed to the last eight.
    • 19.35 Brian McDermott: "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. 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."
    • 19.30 Manchester United are unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions against Reading (W8 D4). The last time they lost to Reading was in the FA Cup in January 1927.
    • 19.25 Sir Alex Ferguson: "There's a good spirit in place and they're all contributing. Whatever side I pick we’re expected to qualify. That's what happens at United. Whatever team you play you’re always expected to win. I went to see Reading last week and they’re a team who are showing plenty of fighting qualities at the moment, as you’d expect given they’re down the bottom of the league. We'll take nothing for granted. In the FA Cup you always expect the unexpected. It happens so many times."
    • 19.20 Should United overcome Reading, they may face Chelsea in the quarter finals, who face Middlesbrough in their 5th round tie.
    • 19.15 Robin Van Persie has been left on the bench for United but Adam Le Fondre does at last get a start for Reading. Le Fondre has scored seven goals in his last seven appearances for Reading in all competitions. He also scored against Manchester United earlier this season.
    • 19.10 TEAMS: Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Buttner, Cleverley, Anderson, Valencia, Young, Welbeck, Chicharito. SUBS: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Kagawa, van Persie /// Reading: Federici, Kelly, Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, McCleary, Hunt, Le Fondre. SUBS: Andersen, Gunter, Pearce, Carrico, Guthrie, Robson-Kanu, Pogrebnyak
    • 19.05 Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary from the FA Cup fifth round tie between Manchester United and Reading from Old Trafford. Kick off 20.00 GMT.
  • Summary

    • 90+4' So close for Reading! Shorey swings it and Le Fondre gets a glancing header to it and it nearly goes in! It deflects behind for a corner.
    • 87' A run and shot from Hernandez forces another save from Federici!
    • 84' Kelly swings in a cross and it drops to Le Fondre but his shot is blocked. Nani plays in Welbeck down the right but his touch lets him down and it’s out for a goal kick. Frantic stuff.
    • 80' GOAL Reading! Great pressure from Hunt to put off Smalling and the ball falls into the path of McAnuff who slides it under De Gea. The comeback kings are at it again...
    • 71' GOAL United! A great ball in from Nani and Hernandez times his run perfectly to nod past Federici.
    • 70' Great save De Gea! A terrific volley from Le Fondre from Hunt’s header back and it’s a really good reaction save to his left to keep United ahead.
    • 69' GOAL Man Utd! And it’s come from Nani from Valencia’s set-up. He’s had a number of shots at Federici and this one beats Federici via Morrison’s hand.
    • 65' Cleverly swings in a cross that nearly falls to Van Persie. It comes back out to Nani who thumps another shot just wide. He’s looked sharp tonight.
    • 60' Anderson storms up the other end and forces Federici into another crucial save to keep the scores level.
    • 59' Le Fondre plays a neat one two in the box and it falls to McCleary but Anderson blocks his shot. Close for Reading.
    • 45+4' Another great effort from Nani and Federici is forced to palm it behind for a corner.
    • 45' Welbeck’s shot is blocked and it falls to Nani on the volley who rifles a terrific first time volley against the post! We have four added minutes.
    • 44' Valencia drops to right back in the reshuffle. An shot comes in from Le Fondre from distance and De Gea saves well to his left.
    • 21' GREAT SAVE Federici! He palms away Cleverly’s initial shot and it looks a tap in for Young but a brilliant follow up save turns it round the post.
    • 11' Jones swings in a wicked cross and Federici gathers really well under pressure from Hernandez.
    • 3' United with all the early possession as you’d expect. Reading will do a lot of chasing tonight you suspect and try and catch them on the counter. Young plays in Welbeck and he forces Federici into a save!
    • 2' United nearly score! Welbeck threads it to Hernandez and he dallies slightly too long before getting his shot away. It nearly falls back to Welbeck but Federici gratefully grabs it.
    • 19.10 TEAMS: Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Buttner, Cleverley, Anderson, Valencia, Young, Welbeck, Chicharito. SUBS: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Kagawa, van Persie /// Reading: Federici, Kelly, Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, McCleary, Hunt, Le Fondre. SUBS: Andersen, Gunter, Pearce, Carrico, Guthrie, Robson-Kanu, Pogrebnyak

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