Andy Yiadom says the Royals can be pleased with their performance at Old Trafford, despite succumbing to a 2-0 defeat in the Emirates FA Cup.
Juan Mata's penalty and Romelu Lukaku's close-range strike put the hosts 2-0 up at half-time, despite several chances for the Royals during the first half - including one from Yiadom himself, with Sergio Romero having to palm around the post.
With the league now Reading's full focus for the rest of the season, Yiadom hopes to use the positives taken from Manchester for the remaining 20 games of the league campaign.
"We came out here and we just wanted to express ourselves and do what the manager's been telling us to do," the full-back said.
"Despite the result, I think we went out here and we did that.
"You could tell everyone wanted the ball and wanted to express themselves and show what they could do.
"It's a lovely stadium, it was kind of like a day out for us but, at the same time, we all wanted the result because we had confidence in ourselves - especially with the way the first half started.
"Manchester United do have quality, and if we took some of our chances, the game could have been a little bit different.
"They had a few chances and they took them. The penalty was maybe a little bit harsh, but if we took our chances the game might have been different.
"It was my first time here at 27, it was nice to come here and it's one for the grandchildren."