Reading's Under-23s were beaten at the hands of their Manchester United counterparts on Friday night, coming away from Leigh Sports Village with a 2-0 defeat.
D'Mani Mellor and the highly-rated James Garner were on the scoresheet for the Red Devils on the night, in a difficult encounter for the Young Royals in the Premier League 2.
But the positive news on the night for Reading was the continuing recovery of Jordan Obita, who made it through an hour of football as he steadily builds up match fitness after almost two years on the sidelines.
Also involved on the night was young centre-back Tom Holmes, who played an hour after coming back from a long-term injury of his own.
But it was the hosts who would take the lead early on in a rain-soaked fixture in Manchester, with Mellor finishing off a spell of early pressure to beat Jökull Andrésson with a powerful finish.
Andrésson was called into action to stop United doubling their lead, too, when he parried well from a shot from Ethan Laird close to the half-hour mark.
Reading were doing their bit to try and get back level, with a Jordan Holsgrove free-kick on the right of the box plucked from the air by Matej Kovar in the Red Devils' goal.
United were within inches of claiming a second prior to the interval, when Arnau Puigmal struck the crossbar as they hoped to pull clear.
Danny Loader almost put the Royals level close to the halfway mark, though, with his header from a corner well saved by Kovar.
The start of the second half saw the Royals gain more of a foothold on proceedings, dominating the ball but struggling to break down a resolute United defence.
Rather than an equaliser, the hosts struck again 13 minutes from time when Garner was played through by first goal scorer Mellor, and slotted past Andrésson to give United all three points on the night.
Full-time | Manchester United U23 2-0 Reading U23
Manchester United U23: Kovar, Laird (Ercolani 36), O’Connor, Bernard, Williams, Levitt, Galbraith, Garner, Puigmal, Mellor, Ramazani.
Subs: Fojticek, Traore, McGhee, Elanga.
Goals: Mellor 12, Garner 77.
Reading U23: Andrésson, Watson, Odimayo, Holmes (Nevers 57), Burley, Obita (Medford-Smith 57), East (c), Holsgrove, Olise, Liddle, Loader.
Subs: Collins, Nditi, Coleman.