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14 September 2018 Venue Old Trafford Attendance

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Manchester United PL2
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Reading PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Matej Kovar
    GK
  • 2
    Diogo Dalot
    DF
  • 3
    Lee O'Connor
    DF
  • 4
    Ro-Shaun Williams
    DF
  • 5
    Marcos Rojo
    DF
  • 6
    James Garner
    MF
  • 7
    Tahith Chong
    MF
  • 8
    Ethan Hamilton
    MF
  • 9
    Zachary Dearnley
    FW
  • 10
    Angel Gomes (C)
    FW
  • 11
    Joshua Bohui
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    George Tanner
    SUB
  • 13
    Alex Fojticek
    SUB
  • 14
    Regan Poole
    SUB
  • 15
    Darren McIntosh-Buffonge
    SUB
  • 16
    Aidan Barlow
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Ricky Sbragia

4-4-2
  • 1
    Luke Southwood
    GK
  • 2
    Teddy Howe
    DF
  • 3
    Gabriel Osho (C)
    DF
  • 4
    Tom McIntyre
    DF
  • 5
    Ramarni Medford-Smith
    DF
  • 6
    Ryan East
    MF
  • 7
    Tyler Frost
    MF
  • 8
    Darren Sidoel
    MF
  • 9
    Ben House
    FW
  • 10
    Danny Loader
    FW
  • 11
    Callum Harriott
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Tom Holmes
    SUB
  • 13
    Liam Driscoll
    SUB
  • 14
    Ethan Coleman
    SUB
  • 15
    Jack Nolan
    SUB
  • 16
    Adam Liddle
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Scott Marshall

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Old Trafford awaits U23s!

Youngsters to play at the home of Manchester United

12 September 2018

Scott Marshall and his U23 side will be taking on their Manchester United equivalents on Friday night, under the lights at Old Trafford!

It's set to be a spectacular experience for our youngsters up in Manchester, but they will still want to bring all three points back with them with another strong performance in the Premier League 2.

Marshall's squad go into the game as the division's top scorers after the first four matches of the campaign, sitting one point behind their United rivals.

After a battling draw against Wolves and a narrow 3-2 defeat against Norwich City, the young squad have turned on the style since - beating Sunderland and Newcastle 4-1 and 4-2 respectively to get off and running in the league.

While the primary focus of the Premier League 2 is player development, the chance to play at the second-largest ground in the country is something our players will doubtless be looking forward to!

Plenty of our U23s had their chance to stake a claim for a place on the pitch on Friday night with a behind-closed-doors friendly against Portsmouth at Hogwood on Tuesday - skipper Gabe Osho scoring a penalty to ensure the match finished level at 1-1.

In a piece of positive news for our first team, Garath McCleary returned to action by getting an hour under his belt with our second string - which were his first match minutes since suffering his injury at the end of February.

Youth internationals Danny Loader and Tom McIntyre will be returning to the club this week after playing a part for their countries in the international break, they will hope to be back involved with the squad on Friday evening in Manchester.

We will be keeping you up to date with everything that happens at Old Trafford in our text commentary on our Match Centre, with regular updates across Reading FC social media channels as well - kick-off on Friday is at 7pm.

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Match Reports

Report | Honours even at Old Trafford

Young Royals held at Manchester Utd

14 September 2018

Reading's U23s came away with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Friday night, taking on their Manchester United counterparts.

  • House heads the Royals in front after 11 minutes
  • Southwood makes two superb first-half saves
  • Bohui equalises midway through second half
  • House hits crossbar six minutes from time

After a cagey opening 10 minutes or so, the Royals took the lead through the first real chance of note in the game.

Callum Harriott, in the U23s to gain match fitness, crossed into the area and was headed clear into the path of Ryan East 25 yards out.

He tried a volley which bounced into the ground, with Ben House improvising and heading the rising ball over goalkeeper Kovar and into the top corner.



The Royals had a chance to double their advantage from a free-kick soon after, after Darren Sidoel was cynically fouled just a yard outside the area.

Harriott stood over it and managed to bend his effort round the wall, but Kovar dived well to his right and held on well.

Luke Southwood was called into action at the other end, with Zachary Dearnley working his way into a yard of space from the area. He was facing away from goal but did well to shoot on the turn towards the far corner.

Southwood was at full stretch to get a strong hand on the ball and deny the goal-bound strike.

The England U20 World Cup winner from last season was on fine form to stop another point-blank shot.

The Red Devils broke at pace on the counter-attack, managing to cross early to Tahith Chong – who shot first time and drew a save straight from the top drawer from the Royals stopper.

Half-time | Manchester United U23 0-1 Reading U23

The hosts started the second period as they finished the first – trying to search for the leveller. Chong was the recipient of a deft touch on the edge of the area and curled a shot towards the far corner – but his effort landed on the roof of the Reading net.

Reading squandered a superb chance to double their advantage moments later. Loader capitalised on a defensive mix-up and broke through with only goalkeeper Kovar to beat.

He shot straight at the keeper, while Harriott blazed the rebound over the bar.

Despite pressure at both ends of the pitch, the Red Devils got their equaliser midway through the second half.

First team player Diogo Dalot got forward on the right and supplied a teasing cross in the area, with Joshua Bohui shooting into the roof of the net from close range.



The game opened up with both sides fighting for dominance on the pitch. Loader managed to dance past two markers on his way into the United box, forcing a block from centre-back Poole before Frost followed up with a lob that floated over the bar.

It was only the crossbar that denied House late on in the second half, with an Ethan Coleman ball finding the striker 10 yards out. He powered a shot as hard as he could and it rebounded off the woodwork to deny the Royals once more.

Loader was again denied by Kovar, after a free-kick found the striker at the back post. Loader nodded towards goal but the stopper dived and got fingertips to the header and the hosts cleared their lines.

Overall, Scott Marshall's side will feel they deserved victory on Friday night at Old Trafford.

Full-time | Manchester United U23 1-1 Reading U23

Manchester United U23: Kovar, Dalot, R. Williams, Rojo (Poole 55), O’Connor, Gomes (c), Garner (Barlow 78), Hamilton, Chong, Dearnley (McIntosh-Buffonge 79), Bohui.
Subs: Fojticek, Tanner.
Goals: Bohui 66
Yellow: Bohui, Williams

Reading U23: Southwood, Howe, Osho (c), McIntyre, Medford-Smith, East, Frost, Sidoel (Coleman 79), House (Liddle 88), Loader, Harriott (Nolan 60).
Subs: Holmes, Driscoll.
Goals: House 11
Yellow: Sidoel

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