Mariappa, Tabb and Hunt reflect on United
Anyone watching the game on Saturday night would find it hard to disagree with the fact that Reading more than matched one of the best teams in Europe - in a memorable encounter under the Madejski Stadium lights.
Though the natural disappointment of losing by just the odd goal to Manchester United could be felt around the dressing room, a trio of straight-talking Royals drew encouragement from the thriller as they spoke to Reading FC Player.
Jay Tabb was first up in front of our camera, and said: "The neutrals at home would have been delighted with it as it was a bit of a thriller - especially the first half.
"It's disappointing - but we are scoring goals. It seems like when we're solid and don't concede, we don't score - but when we do score we concede a few.
"We've got to put our finger on the fine lines. I'm sure if we can have a good little run we'll climb out of where we are. We're looking like we can do that but we just need to iron out one or two things.
"We had the ball a lot, we passed it more and we were adventurous - but that leaves you open at the back so it's a real tough one."
A dejected Noel Hunt was up next to look down the lens - and he felt that the Royals weren't far off from defeating Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
"We didn't create enough in the second half," he admitted. "I'm gutted that we lost because they were there for the taking.
"It's hard - we were all disappointed because we should have taken something out of the game."
Adrian Mariappa gave an open and honest assessment of the match and says the Royals can take heart from the plucky performance and take it into the next run of games.
"We put them under a lot of pressure so we're disappointed not to come out with anything," said Mapps.
"We played some great football against, in my opinion, the best team in English football. You want to test yourself against the best players in the world and they had a lot of world class players.
"I thought, as a team, everyone acquitted themselves really well and I think you see that we thrive playing against players like that as we raise our game. All we need to do now is take this in to the coming weeks."
Click here to watch the video of the straight-talking trio on Reading FC Player!