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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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