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All the relevant information as Reading prepare for Cup tie

4 January 2019

The Royals take a break from league action this weekend, as they test themselves against the best in the Emirates FA Cup...


Key points | José Gomes' press conference

3 January 2019

Manchester United vs Reading
Saturday 5th January
Old Trafford
Emirates FA Cup, Third Round
12.30pm kick-off

Reading will be hoping to cause an upset in the FA Cup this weekend, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær and his resurgent Manchester United side standing between the Royals and the Fourth Round of the competition.

The Norwegian has won all four of his matches in interim charge of the club he represented as a player, with plenty of standout moments in the red shirt - including famously scoring the winner in the 1999 Champions League final.

José Gomes and his charges head up to Manchester without the pressure of Championship football this weekend, with the Royals' boss hoping to see his side play with freedom at the second-largest stadium in the country.

Former United man, Tyler Blackett, serves the final match of his suspension after a red card against Millwall, with the same applying for Leandro Bacuna.

Danny Loader and Callum Harriott were both in the Under-23s' squad that played at Old Trafford back in September, and both will be hoping to be involved for the first team on Saturday.

John O'Shea, a veteran of almost 400 appearances for the Red Devils, will be returning to his former side and could be involved for the Royals, having started the last two matches in the league for Reading.

For the hosts, Solskjær confirmed in his press conference that both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez will be starting against the Royals. 

Around 3,000 travelling Royals will be there in support of their side on Saturday, and Reading will go into the game to show what they can do in front of the BT Sport cameras and cause a shock - anything can happen in the FA Cup!  


Tickets for this match go off-sale at midday on Friday 4th January, with very limited tickets remaining from the Royals' 3,534 allocation.

For full ticket information and prices for this fixture, click the banner below. 


STAR Travel offer official supporters' coach travel to every Reading away game. 

All details of away travel via Supporters' Trust At Reading can be found here.

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