Reading Aloud

United deal with Reading and Nani puts in a shift. I know, right?

HONESTLY the game against Reading largely went according to the script. They came to compete and not just park the bus, and we had to work for the goals and the victory. That’s exactly as it should be. Adam Federici in the Reading goal and the rest of their defence seemed to combine for a large part of the game to be one massive pain in United’s arse, and we mean that positively you understand.

Javier Hernandez saw a shot and Danny Welbeck’s rebound both blocked by Adrian Mariappa, Federici saved from Welbeck and Ashley Young had his effort blocked by Sean Morrison and all this in the opening five minutes. Adam Federici continued to deny as the first half went on; Tom Cleverley drove the ball towards goal from the edge of the box, Federici saved that and the follow up from Ashley Young.

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Reading All About It

SIR ALEX FERGUSON was featured in this morning’s Manchester Evening News saying that if midweek in Madrid is to count for anything,  Manchester United need to continue their good form against Reading in the FA Cup on Monday. He goes on to say that there will be changes for this game and that he should be able to trust any of them to do the job and continue United’s journey to silverware – in comments rather Spock like (for any sci fi nuts out there…needs of the many, needs of the few or the one), Sir Alex talks about the importance of the contribution to the whole rather than the individual.

Reading may well fancy their chances at Old Trafford after the Madrid match, it’s possible United will be on a high and not looking too seriously at the game on Monday. It’s possible but not probable, because Sir Alex will rest players who he feels are feeling tired or bruised; on the other hand if you can’t get your arse in gear at this stage of the season then maybe you shouldn’t be a footballer and certainly not at Manchester United.

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Burn After Reading

United win Royals Appointment but the game was mental, plain and simple. Manchester United the aim was simple. Win against Reading and be three points clear of that lot across the city. The late kick off meant we had the extra giggle of Chelsea losing at Upton Park and Arsenal being spanked in the last few minutes at home to Swansea. Manchester United had Lindegaard in goal, David nursed a wisdom tooth, Anderson continued to ‘pick himself’ in the centre, Ashley Young started on the left, Wayne Rooney on the right in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Robin Van Persie up front. It was Wayne Rooney who made all the headlines in the build up, with the manager stating that he needed his striker to up his influence in terms of goals but by the end of the match he’d have played almost everywhere on the pitch and those watching the game would be stunned into silence by the action.

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