Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the Royals attacking edge following a stunning encounter which saw seven first half goals scored for only the third time in Premier League history.
A sizzling strike from Hal Robson-Kanu was followed up by crashing headers from Adam Le Fondre and Sean Morrison, and the top flight’s longest serving manager was hugely complimentary about Reading’s set pieces after some fantastic deliveries from Nicky Shorey.
“It’s hard playing away from home in this Premier Division,” said Ferguson.
“Reading played well today, the delivery of their free kicks is fantastic - they are probably the best in the Premier League at delivering the ball into the box. They gave us a really hard time of it. We’ve got the players that can rescue us and that happened today.
"Every time the ball came near our box you were just praying! We never competed for a cross, but in fairness to Reading they have great deliverers of the ball - Shorey whips in fantastic crosses. But we should have been doing better. We could have been battered today, but thankfully we are always scoring goals and that is rescuing us every time."