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Ahead of the game | Old Trafford on the horizon

All the relevant information as Reading prepare for Cup tie

4 January 2019

The Royals take a break from league action this weekend, as they test themselves against the best in the Emirates FA Cup...


Key points | José Gomes' press conference

3 January 2019

Manchester United vs Reading
Saturday 5th January
Old Trafford
Emirates FA Cup, Third Round
12.30pm kick-off

Reading will be hoping to cause an upset in the FA Cup this weekend, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær and his resurgent Manchester United side standing between the Royals and the Fourth Round of the competition.

The Norwegian has won all four of his matches in interim charge of the club he represented as a player, with plenty of standout moments in the red shirt - including famously scoring the winner in the 1999 Champions League final.

José Gomes and his charges head up to Manchester without the pressure of Championship football this weekend, with the Royals' boss hoping to see his side play with freedom at the second-largest stadium in the country.

Former United man, Tyler Blackett, serves the final match of his suspension after a red card against Millwall, with the same applying for Leandro Bacuna.

Danny Loader and Callum Harriott were both in the Under-23s' squad that played at Old Trafford back in September, and both will be hoping to be involved for the first team on Saturday.

John O'Shea, a veteran of almost 400 appearances for the Red Devils, will be returning to his former side and could be involved for the Royals, having started the last two matches in the league for Reading.

For the hosts, Solskjær confirmed in his press conference that both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez will be starting against the Royals. 

Around 3,000 travelling Royals will be there in support of their side on Saturday, and Reading will go into the game to show what they can do in front of the BT Sport cameras and cause a shock - anything can happen in the FA Cup!  


Tickets for this match go off-sale at midday on Friday 4th January, with very limited tickets remaining from the Royals' 3,534 allocation.

For full ticket information and prices for this fixture, click the banner below. 


STAR Travel offer official supporters' coach travel to every Reading away game. 

All details of away travel via Supporters' Trust At Reading can be found here.

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We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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Match Reports

Report | Gutsy Royals bow out of FA Cup

Mata and Lukaku seal 2-0 win for Manchester United

5 January 2019

A first-half penalty from Juan Mata and a slotted finish from Romelu Lukaku saw Manchester United knock Reading out of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.

Danny Loader and Callum Harriott both went close for the Royals, with substitute Sone Aluko also testing Sergio Romero between the posts for United.

Despite a spirited performance at Old Trafford, the Royals will rue missed chances in a largely even encounter in Manchester.

Loader, who led the line as Reading's Under-23s played at Old Trafford back in September, was the Royals' main striker as play got underway. Callum Harriott was also involved from the start for the first time in two years, having scored after coming off the bench on New Year's Day at home to Swansea.

The Royals started positively at Old Trafford, keeping the lion's share of possession in the early stages and pressing the hosts into mistakes - with Sergio Romero scuffing clear under duress from the on-rushing Andy Rinomhota.

There was an early injury scare, though, as Tiago Ilori went down awkwardly on his arm under the challenge of Romelu Lukaku. He required lengthy medical attention, but was able to carry on.

United's quality started to show 15 minutes in. They broke forward with Fred feeding Scott McTominay on the right. He touched quickly to Alexis Sanchez - who controlled and struck venomously, narrowly over Anssi Jaakkola's crossbar.

Up the other end, Reading broke quickly with Liam Kelly looping a ball over the top to Garath McCleary. The winger cut inside, played low across goal with Andy Yiadom ready to strike. He couldn't keep his effort on target, though, and it ballooned away for a goal kick.

The first use of VAR in the history of Reading Football Club followed shortly after. A tackle on Juan Mata from Omar Richards in the box saw the referee play advantage. Fred slotted into the bottom corner, but the offside flag was raised. The referee consulted the video officials and, after a minute's deliberation, and a penalty was awarded.

Mata stepped forward to take, sent Jaakkola the wrong way and put the hosts ahead midway through the first half.

United briefly hit their stride after scoring, but the Royals caught them napping when McCleary fed Harriott on the right with United's defence lagging behind. He squared across to Loader, who was through on goal. He rounded Romero, but the angle was too acute to cut back in and the goalkeeper recovered to make a save.

Reading kept up the pressure, a ball from Richards found its way to Harriott on the edge of the box. He had time to touch into a shooting position, and leathered an effort past the upright.

The Royals had the better of play going towards half-time, but had improvise as a close-range backpass saw Jaakkola have to clear quickly after Rinomhota had tracked back to tackle Sanchez near the Reading area.

Romero had to be on his toes with Swift dispossessed Andreas Pereira on the edge of the United box, Harriott capitalised to shoot but the goalkeeper got both hands behind it and gathered.

Reading kept up their push into first-half added time. Swift turned neatly in the box to set Yiadom up for a strike, he put it on target and Romero had to parry behind for a corner.

Despite the late pressure from the Royals, United doubled the lead just before the interval. Sanchez threaded through the defence, playing in Lukaku, who rounded Jaakkola and tapped into the empty net to round off a half in which two chances led to two goals for the hosts.

Half-time | Manchester United 2-0 Reading

Sone Aluko was introduced at the interval for the Royals, in place of Ilori. This pushed Yiadom back into centre-back, while Rinomhota dropped in at right-back.

In another bright start, McCleary was able to make tracks on the left. He cut back for Loader, who squared to Swift 20 yards out. The midfielder put his foot through it but only to sail over the crossbar.

And when Loader was brought down 25 yards from goal under the challenge of Matteo Darmian, Swift bent over the wall and Romero had to watch it all the way to gather.

Rather than falling away, Reading kept up their assault on the United goal in the hope of pulling one back. Aluko bided his time on the edge of the box and picked the right pass to Harriott in the area. He was able to shoot but Romero saved smartly to keep the Royals at bay.

Mo Barrow was introduced on the hour mark for the Royals, while Marouane Fellaini and youngster Tahith Chong, who recently played against Reading's Under-23s, was brought on for the hosts.

England striker, Marcus Rashford was also subbed on for United after Sanchez went off with injury.

United almost had a third when skipper Ashley Young cut inside past two Royals, laid off to Fellaini from close range. The big Belgian couldn't get it out of his feet, though and Jaakkola was able to save.

Reading broke quickly soon after, Harriott dispossessed Young and Mo Barrow advanced at goal. Barrow got past his marker, cut back for Aluko to shoot, with Romero having to be at full stretch to palm around the post.

Yakou Méïté was introduced in place of Harriott as José Gomes added another attacking presence, with 15 minutes to try and force a replay.

A slick move from the Royals resulted in Richards crossing deep for Méïté at the far post. His effort went over the bar, but the flag was up against him for offside regardless.

The hosts seemed content to keep the ball in their own half as they ran down the clock at Old Trafford.

The match saw the Royals enjoy more possession, take more shots and have more efforts on target than their Premier League opposition, but United ended the match with two goals and passage to the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Full-time | Manchester United 2-0 Reading

Manchester United: Romero, Young (c), Jones, Dalot, Darmian, McTominay, Fred (Chong 62), Pereira, Sanchez (Rashford 64), Mata (Fellaini 62), Lukaku.
Subs: Grant, Lindelof, Martial, Garner.
Goals: Mata 23 (PEN), Lukaku 45+4
Yellow: Chong

Reading: Jaakkola, Yiadom, Richards, Moore (c), Ilori (Aluko HT), Rinomhota, Kelly, McCleary (Barrow 61), Harriott (Méïté 76), Swift, Loader.
Subs: Walker, Gunter, O'Shea, East.
Yellow: Yiadom

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Attendance: 73,918 (3,048 away)

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Ticket News

Back the boys at Old Trafford this weekend!

Join 3,000 travelling Royals for our Emirates FA Cup tie

2 January 2019

We've already got 3,000 travelling Royals heading to Old Trafford this weekend - but we'd love to see plenty more blue and white representation in Manchester on Saturday!

The Royals will be facing Manchester United in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday lunchtime, and time is running out to book your tickets for the game!

Our owners, Mr and Ms Dai, have subsidised the prices of tickets for this cup tie - making it more affordable for Royals supporters to get to watch their team in action against one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Take a look at the selling criteria below and see what's right for you:

How to Buy

Online: visit
By phone: ring our Ticket Office on 0118 968 1313 
In person: visit the Ticket Office at Madejski Stadium during our opening hours

Ticket Prices

Manchester United vs Reading ticket prices (Old Trafford)

Age Category

Season Ticket holder price
Member price
Non-Member price
Adult £30
(subsidised by Reading FC from £37)
(subsidised by Reading FC from £40)
65 & Over £18.50 £21.50 £26.50
18-20 £27.75 £30
(subsidised by Reading FC from £30.75)
16-17 £18.50 £21.50 £26.50
15 & Under £10 £13 £18


On-sale date (from 10.30am)

Eligible supporters (4 tickets per person)
Saturday 22nd December Season Ticket holders; Half Season Ticket holders;
Members with 15+ points

Disabled Allocation

All disabled tickets are booked by phoning our Disability Ticketing Line on 0118 968 1313 (option 2).

  • Ambulant Disabled – price relevant to age band (helper free of charge)
  • Wheelchair Disabled (20 pairs) – price relevant to age band (helper also free of charge)

Postage Deadline

The postage deadline has now passed for this match, please contact the Ticket Office for collection arrangements.

Visiting Supporters' Guide

Click here to view Manchester United's Visiting Supporters' Guide.

Elsewhere, tickets for the Royals' trip to Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship are also available to buy now.

Tickets went on sale on Wednesday morning from our Ticket Office, with an initial allocation of 1,010 tickets for Royals supporters.

Pricing information is below, contact our Ticket Office on 0118 968 1313 for further information.

Age band Price
Adult £23
Over-65 £16.50
13-17 £13
2-12 £7

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