Facing Manchester United at Old Trafford is a dream for most footballers around the world, but for lifelong fan Andy RInomhota – this one means a little bit more than most.
And on Saturday 5th January at 12.30pm, the promising youngster’s dream could well become a reality when the Royals take on the Red Devils in the Third Round of the historic FA Cup.
“Whatever age you are, or whatever stage in your career that you’re at – Old Trafford is always an exciting place to go,” Rinomhota explained.
“It’s just the atmosphere there and playing against top players – it’s been on my list of things to do in my career since I started playing football.
“My family live in Manchester and I was born up north, so I grew up supporting United and have followed them from an early.
“It’s always been a dream to play there.”
Earlier in the season, RInomhota almost had the opportunity to make his dream come true sooner with the Under-23s.
That day, though, the young midfielder was selected to travel with the first team to Preston North End – where he went on to make his Championship debut.
A little over four months later, and Rinomhota has firmly made that starting XI place his own with a number of eye-catching performances.
With that, he takes stock of the progress that he’s made and also previews the Royals’ FA Cup chances.
Rinomhota added: “I didn’t play in the Under-23s game their earlier in the season because I travelled to Preston with the First Team, where I made my league debut.
“It’s been a big change for me over a very short period of time. From not being around it at the start of the season to breaking into the first team, I’m really happy to be where I am at the minute.
“In the FA Cup, anything can happen. Anybody can beat anybody. We are confident that we can go there to get something and so it will be full force ahead.
“No matter what team it is, we’ll still try to implement our style and play as the new manager wants. It will be a tough test, but hopefully we can come away with a win and get into the next round.”