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Ahead of the game: Locking horns with the Red Devils

6 January 2017

All you need to know ahead of tomorrow's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford

This weekend will see Reading make a much anticipated trip up to Old Trafford as the Royals face Manchester United in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup. Gaffer Jaap Stam will be making a return to the club that saw him lift three Premier League titles, the Champions League and an FA Cup during his time there as a player.

Reading will be hoping to take their fine league form into the clash with the Red Devils, who are also in good shape having won seven of their last seven games in all competitions. After Monday's dramatic turnaround at Ashton Gate, the Royals will be going to Manchester on a high but know a difficult task lies in wait.

Manchester United's last outing saw Mourinho's men pick up a 2-0 win away at West Ham, with the United boss hoping his side can translate their impressive loeague form into a similar kind of display in the cup. Tomorrow's 12:30pm kick-off will be broadcast live on BT Sport.

Tickets for this fixture are now off sale with no tickets at the ground available to buy on the day.

For full ticket information for this fixture, click here.

🎥 The gaffer talks about the prospect of taking his Royals side to Old Trafford on Saturday in the @EmiratesFACup:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 5, 2017

🎥 @Chrisgunter16 discusses the challenge ahead at Old Trafford against @ManUtd. Watch in full here:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 5, 2017

The Royals are at 14/1 to progress to round four at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime, with the Red Devils at odds of 2/9 to secure a home victory. A draw is placed at 11/2.

Royals striker, Yann Kemorgant, is at odds of 7/2 to score for Reading, with midfielder Danny Williams at 11/2 to grab a goal over 90 minutes at Old Trafford.

Andre Marriner
will be the man in the middle at Old Trafford. Marriner's last game involving Reading was back in 2015 when he was fourth official for the Royals' 2-1 FA Cup semi final defeat to Arsenal at Wembley.

Simon Bennet and Edward Smart will be running the lines on Saturday, with Graham Scott as fourth official.

Supporters’ Trust at Reading (STAR) operate coach travel to all away fixtures – click here for more information.

Fans using STAR coaches tomorrow won't be able to exit M4 J11 westbound to get to Madejski Stadium. Use J10 as an alternative. See more details by clicking here

Otherwise, take a look at the map below for travel news.


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