Manchester United v Reading - FA Cup fifth round

Live text commentary as Manchester United beat Reading 2-1 at Old Trafford to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

18 February 2013 Last updated at 22:34 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 2231: 

    It was the result many expected but a very entertaining evening all the same.

    Join me back here tomorrow night as we go all continental - Bayern Munich are in town, they are not here to make friends, and there's a frantic schedule of Football League action to contend with as well. See you there.

  2. 2225: 

    Michael, Manchester: "Sorry everyone, the treble was a once in a lifetime achievement. I'll take a sneaky double though."

  3. 2222: 

    QPR, Norwich, Real Madrid, Reading, Sunderland are Manchester United's next five games. Are they on their way to the treble again?

  4. 2219: 

    I've just seen Phil Jones limping out of Old Trafford on crutches and one of those protective boots. No firm news on the extent of his injury though.

  5. 2218: 
    Man Utd 2-1 Reading
    Brian McDermott

    Reading manager Brian McDermott: "At 1-0 down Adam Le Fondre had a great chance and they went up the other end and scored. But we nearly scored an equaliser at the end, it was a fantastic effort. For the last three years we don't know when we are beaten and that will be good for us in the last 12 games of the season.

    "I spoke to Robin van Persie when he was warming up and told him to sit back down. We are disappointed but we are playing against the champions elect."

  6. 2216: 

    Daniel Capurro: "2nd leg v Madrid and an FA Cup quarter final within 4 days of each other. That'll be the real acid test."

  7. 2213: 
    Man Utd 2-1 Reading

    Reading manager Brian McDermott on BBC Radio 5 live: "We came to Manchester United and put on a good performance as well, and we're disappointed not to be coming away with a result.

    "I've got loads of positives to take from this. When you're 2-0 down at Old Trafford, that can become four or five. That showed the character of our side. We put United under the cosh, and they will be well pleased to go through."

  8. 2211: 
    Man Utd 2-1 Reading
    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "It was a really good cup tie, when they got the goal they went for it and piled men in the box. We played some great football and could have scored a lot of goals tonight.

    "I'm satisfied with the quality of our play. We should have punished them better though. At 2-0 you are never comfortable. Nani deserved to be man of the match, his contribution was terrific. I had a feeling he would win the match for us. We are at home in the next round and we would take that against anyone."

  9. 2207: 
    Man Utd 2-1 Reading

    Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez: "We were struggling in the last few minutes because Reading really went for it but we were able to hang on. Nani was brilliant today."

  10. 2205: 

    Reading can now turn their attentions to a mammoth game at the weekend as they take on Wigan. A six-pointer if ever there was one. Eighteenth v 19th in the table. Can they stay up?

  11. 2202: 

    Mark Jackson: "Sounds like a decent game, plenty of blood, sweat and tears and that's just Noel Hunt!"

  12. 2159: 

    That was only Nani's third goal of the season tonight. The winger added some real sparkle and impetus as soon as he came off the bench. Will he be back to his best now?

  13. 2159:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 2-1 Reading

    "United weren't at their best tonight, but they blew Reading away with that five or 10 minute spell in the second half, when they got the two goals in quick succession. Reading almost snatched a replay at the end, but just couldn't get the equaliser.

    "The introduction of Robin van Persie lifted the crowd. He didn't have a huge impact on the game, but he certainly gave the crowd a lift."

  14. 2157: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "77 - Man Utd have scored 77 goals in league and domestic cups this season, only Chelsea (82) have more. Bonanza."

  15. 2156: 

    Manchester United will face Middlesbrough or Chelsea in March, with those two sides facing off at the Riverside a week on Wednesday.

  16. 2156: 
    FULL-TIME- Man Utd 2-1 Reading

    Manchester United are through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Excellent game in the second half.

  17. 2153: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 2-1 Reading

    Great ball in from Nicky Shorey, Jem Karacan flicks it on and Adam Le Fondre almost converts! So nearly an equaliser but United hang on.

  18. 2152: 
    Man Utd 2-1 Reading

    Commanding from Nemanja Vidic, who rises to head two long throws clear in a row. Superb from the United skipper. Nani then needlessly concedes a free-kick and Adam Federici is going up!

  19. 2150: 
    INJURY TIME- Man Utd 2-1 Reading

    "We want some Fergie time" is the chant from the Reading fans - and they will have four minutes...

  20. 2147: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 2-1 Reading

    Brilliant from Robin van Persie, who triggers a counter by finding Javier Hernandez on the run, his shot is parried by Adam Federici and Nani bundles the rebound into the side-netting from a tight angle. That was almost game over as we enter the last two minutes of normal time.

  21. 2145: 

    Matt Harrison: "You don't want to start conceding late goals against Reading."

  22. 2144: 
    Man Utd 2-1 Reading

    Reading are having a real go as Noel Hunt sees a shot blocked but they leave three on three at the back and United almost break away but Danny Welbeck over runs the pass. Cracking cup tie this.

  23. 2143: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 2-1 Reading

    Michael Carrick comes on for the last seven minutes in place of Anderson. Just keep the ball are his instructions I'm sure.

  24. 2141: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 2-1 Reading - Jobi McAnuff (81 mins)

    I told you! Chris Smalling gets himself in a horrible position, 15 yards deeper than the rest of his defence and playing everyone onside as a cross from the right ends up at the feet of Jobi McAnuff, who sweeps home from close range. Can they do it?

  25. 2140: 
    Man Utd 2-0 Reading

    Let's not forget that Reading have made a habit of late goals this season. It's normally about now that they bring Adam Le Fondre on...

    And here we go, better from the Royals as Jobi McAnuff rifles in a shot which is blocked.

  26. 2139: 

    Chris Edwards: "The problem with Nani is that performances like tonight's are too few and far between."

    Sean Sonnekus: "No doubt about Nani's quality. Unfortunately, also, no doubt he goes missing in 90% of games"

  27. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Crawley 1-1 Doncaster

    Doncaster go second in League One with a point.

  28. 2137: 
    Man Utd 2-0 Reading

    There are still 13 minutes left of this one. Any more goals on the cards? Noel Hunt looks spent.

  29. 2134: 

    Hayden Taylor on text: "Fully deserved for Nani. Hopefully he has reminded the manager and the fans of his quality with his performance today."

  30. 2133:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 2-0 Reading

    "Typical Hernandez, making space for himself. He initially pulled out to the penalty spot, then darted away from Sean Morrison and back into the space. He's so good at pulling away from defenders, and he did it there. What a cross it was from Nani to pick him out."

  31. 2132: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 2-0 Reading - Javier Hernandez (72 mins)

    Get the sandbags, put the sofa upstairs - the floodgates are open. Nani gets an assist to go with his goal as he picks out Javier Hernandez at the near post with a lovely cross and the Mexican heads home.

  32. 2131: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    Reading do attack as Noel Hunt climbs to knock down a header into the path of Adam Le Fondre, who swivels and batters in a left-footed strike which David de Gea does well to claw out. Almost a way back.

  33. 2131:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 1-0 Reading

    "Really good play by Antonio Valencia out wide. Nani took it with the right and finished with the left. Good play by United, and the goal was coming. Reading have to come out and attack now."

  34. 2129: 
    GOAL- Man Utd 1-0 Reading - Nani (69 mins)

    The most dangerous-looking player since he came on opens the scoring. Reading are just far too deep as Antonio Valencia is able to find Nani 12 yards out and the winger hammers in a shot which takes a nick off a defender on its way into the corner. There were four United attackers waiting for the pass.

  35. 2129:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    "I feel sorry for Phil Dowd, the fourth official, because Sir Alex is having a go every time there's an incident. And Phil Dowd's just got to stand there and take it."

  36. 2128: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Robin van Persie has been very involved already, knitting the play together from the hole. He then has his first shot of the evening but it's blocked by a flying defender. One-way traffic now.

  37. 2127:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    "I think Welbeck could go to the left to allow Van Persie to go up front. He's a wonderful talent, and I'm sure if he gets a chance, he will score tonight."

  38. 2126: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Nani again has a dig from 25 yards but his dipping shot flies wide of the corner again - into the last 25...

  39. 2126: 

    Aksel Vermassen: "Bye Bye Reading , here is Robin Van Persie."

    Adam Williamson: "Hernandez and Le Fondre both proving why they should remain supersubs."

  40. 2124: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading
    Nani shows his frustration

    This is starting to become a frustrating evening for Manchester United. They've created the better chances - in particular when Nani hit the post - but they have been unable to beat Adam Federici. So far, anyway.

  41. 2123: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Ashley Young is replaced by Robin van Persie - who gets a massive reception - as Reading also make a change, bringing on Danny Guthrie for Mikele Leigertwood.

    Can RVP sort United out yet again?

  42. 2120: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    United are knocking on the door as incessantly as a mother-in-law here. Anderson is the latest to be denied by Adam Federici as the Brazilian powers into the box but sees his powerful shot kept out by the keeper.

    There's the first shot of Sir Alex Ferguson in conversation with the fourth official while looking at hid watch. We have 29 minutes remaining...

  43. 2117: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    The ball boys are the latest to feel Sir Alex Ferguson's frustration - he's sent a lad around the pitch telling them all to hurry up and get the ball back in play quicker.

    His team then win a corner and Nemanja Vidic has a header deflected toward goal until that man Noel Hunt clears.

  44. 2115: 
    YELLOW CARD- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    He's all action is Noel Hunt. Not content with having six staples and three shirts tonight, he's now also got a yellow card for a niggly foul on Chris Smalling.

  45. 2113:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    "Reading are defending the width of the 18-yard box well. They're allowing very little space for United to get through. When there is an opening, there's always a player in close proximity to close United down. But they are struggling to get players forward when they try to break."

  46. 2113: 

    Gooner John: "re: 2103 - you seen the state of Bruce's nose????"

    A very, very fair point...

  47. 2110: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Manchester United can't find the 'shoot' button as they twice work their way into the penalty area with some neat passing but fail to get a shot away, instead passing on once too often. It's a very lively start from the home side though.

  48. 2106: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    "He's cut. And it's a bad cut!"

    Apparently Noel Hunt had more work done on that cut to the head at the interval. He has had six staples in the wound and will need stitches after the game. He's still soldiering on though.

  49. 2105: 
    KICK-OFF- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Manchester United have scored in every domestic home game since they lost to Leeds in the FA Cup in January 2010. We are back under way.

  50. 2103: 

    Steve Bruce did alright on the injury front though didn't he?

  51. 2103: 
    Phil Jones

    Ayo Technology: "#4 must be a cursed number at #MUFC. Everyone who wears it seems to be injury prone: Veron, Heinze, Hargreaves, now Jones."

  52. 2059: 

    Stu, Southend: "Sorry Big Sam, step aside now for the next West Ham manager Paolo Di Canio! Never has a team with a reasonable bunch of players played such boring football without any passion or fear of deserved relegation! 100% is the minimum Paolo demands!"

  53. 2056: 

    Phil Jones just tackled with a strange technique when he picked up that injury. He certainly wasn't fouled, but he went into a 50/50 tackle with the outside of his foot.

  54. 2056: 

    Strawn: "Noel Hunt is such a hero, how many other football players would be on be floor after bleeding? Top man"

    Jason Grindley: "Phil Jones will be immense, but injuries really are starting to mount up."

  55. 2053:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    "A good half for Reading after that first 10 or 15 minutes. They're defending deep and trying not to allow United space in behind them, and it's working for them so far.

    "Phil Jones' injury will be a concern. They will be hoping that eases off over the next 48 hours."

  56. 2052: 

    So a decent 45 minutes in the end for Reading, but maybe Nani showed in that last five minutes or so that the Red Devils are capable of taking it up a notch. If this comparison with the side of 1999 is to rumble on then they have to win the FA Cup after all...

  57. 2051: 
    Paolo Di Canio

    Jeremy Wray, former Swindon chairman who appointed Paolo Di Canio as manager in May 2011, told BBC Sport:

    "When we first got to know each other it was like boxers sparring. Then you find you trust each other and that is what he relied on and expected from everyone he met.

    "He expects a certain standard from others and gives the same standard in return. He is loyal and he expects loyalty in return. It is a two-way street and from everything i have read and heard you can understand he feels let down.

    "I think he would definitely have seen this season through, taken stock in the summer and seen what the plans were going forward. He is a very loyal individual and if he still felt he had the backing of the club why would he want to leave?"

  58. 2050: 
    HALF-TIME- Man Utd 0-0 Reading
  59. 2050: 
    KICK-OFF- Crawley 1-1 Doncaster

    Back on at Crawley. Can Donny go top of League One?

  60. 2049: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Nani is a man on a mission. He drives in a swerving shot with his left foot this time and Adam Federici turns it away.

  61. 2048:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    "What a strike by Nani. It would have been a wonderful finish. Great technique to keep his eye on the ball when it was coming to him through a pack of bodies."

  62. 2048: 

    Jonny Graham: "Phil Jones has to be the most injury prone/clumsiest player about..."

    Ben Aitken: "Hair dryer set to "simmering"."

  63. 2047: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading
    Noel Hunt

    Manchester United might have had the better chances, but you certainly cannot fault Reading's effort so far. Noel Hunt, now onto his third shirt of the game because of blood stains, has been giving his all for the cause.

  64. 2046: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Fabulous try from Nani. He's only been on the pitch for a few minutes but the Portuguese winger comes closer than anyone to breaking the deadlock, meeting a clearance with a full-blooded volley from 20 yards which flies past Adam Federici and hits the inside of the post. Great effort!

  65. 2045: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Adam Le Fondre has been quiet so far but he has his first effort of the night from long range, curling in a decent effort with his left foot which forces David de Gea into a flying save.

  66. 2042: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    United are down to 10 men as Reading keep the ball well, but Sean Morrison wastes the possession by shooting wide from long-range.

    Nani is then introduced in place of Phil Jones, so Antonio Valencia will go to right-back.

  67. 2040: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Phil Jones is limping down the touchline but he does reject the offer of a stretcher. It looks like he is heading for the dressing rooms though.

  68. 2038: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    What's happened to Antonio Valencia? He looks a shadow of his former self at the moment. Devoid of confidence.

    Ashley Young picks him out with a belting cross-field pass but the winger meekly hits a cross right at the first defender.

    Phil Jones then goes in for a tackle with the outside of his foot and goes down in a heap. That looks like ankle damage to me...

  69. 2037: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Robin van Persie and Ryan Giggs both have a good old yawn on the bench and it's not been the most thrilling 10 minutes. Noel Hunt hasn't had to change his shirt or anything.

  70. 2035: 

    Richard Smith in Cheshire: "RE goal line clearance . That's what Vidic does. The dirty work. There will be no headlines about it in the morning but his big head saved a certain goal AGAIN!"

  71. 2034: 
    HALF-TIME- Crawley 1-1 Doncaster
  72. 2033: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    I feared for Reading after that opening burst from Manchester United but they are holding their own now. Adam Federici has had to make one superb save but it's been pretty even for the most part.

  73. 2032:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    "Reading aren't troubling United, are they? It's all coming from long range or from Nicky Shorey's corners.

    "Nemanja Vidic's domination is giving David de Gea licence to stand on his line, and I think that's the right decision, because there's so much pace on Shorey's corners."

  74. 2030: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Reading captain Jobi McAnuff takes on Phil Jones and drives into the area. Jones is too strong for him though and shepherds him out of play. McAnuff wants a penalty and thinks he was fouled - nothing doing from referee Andre Marriner.

  75. 2028: 
    GOAL- Crawley 1-1 Doncaster - James Husband (43 mins)

    Doncaster draw level thanks to a great flying header at the back stick from left-back James Husband. He met the ball about six inches off the floor but still went for the diving header option. Great to see.

  76. 2028:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    "United are very much on top here now. Hunt and Le Fondre look very isolated because Reading's midfield four and back four are so deep."

  77. 2026: 

    Tom Watson: "I'm tweeting from the future - neither United side were a patch on the team of 2025, even though Giggs had lost some of his pace by then."

    Send me a copy of Gray's Sports Almanac Tom. Please...

  78. 2024: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Noel Hunt is back on, in his third shirt of the night for Reading. He'll keep going though I'm sure.

  79. 2024:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    "Brilliant strike by Cleverley and a wonderful save by Federici, who couldn't get the ball far enough away. A good strike by Young on the follow-up, but a wonderful recovery from the keeper. Good goalkeeping."

  80. 2022: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    What a save!

    Manchester United should be ahead but all credit to Adam Federici. Tom Cleverley sees his low shot saved by the Australian and Ashley Young follows up with a side-foot finish. He is already off celebrating but Federici somehow gets a touch to it and turns the ball around the post. Sensational goalkeeping.

  81. 2021: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Noel Hunt has done another shirt already! Blood everywhere.

    He's off for more running repairs and the kit man is on for a busy day tomorrow. I hope they've brought enough spares on the coach.

  82. 2019: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    More mischief and nuisance from Noel Hunt sees him win a free-kick and Nicky Shorey's delivery again causes panic in that United backline. Brilliant defending from Nemanja Vidic though to head clear.

  83. 2018:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    "He's causing a few problems, Noel Hunt. He's playing right up against Nemanja Vidic and making a nuisance of himself."

  84. 2018: 

    Aidan Roberts: "As a United fan I'd be more comfortable going in to a big game with any team with Schmeichel in than De Gea."

    Nick Jehan: "Vidic. Totally unfazed by that collision. Hard as nails."

  85. 2015: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    We've got a bleeder! Noel Hunt has had to change his shirt and his shorts after that cut to the head after a full 60-yard dash from the dugout by the Reading kit man. Top effort all round and Hunt is now safely back on the pitch.

    That delay has taken the sting out of United's early burst and Reading will be pleased with this opening quarter of an hour.

  86. 2012: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Nemanja Vidic and Noel Hunt are both bleeding after the Serbian heads the back of Hunt's head while clearing the ball away. A quick patch-up job from the respective physios needed but both should be fine to continue.

  87. 2012:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    "He just looks uncertain, David de Gea. He's a bit hesitant. Until he gains the confidence of coming for a few crosses at corners, there's going to be an uncertainty there."

  88. 2010: 
    GOAL- Crawley 1-0 Doncaster - Josh Simpson (25 mins)

    What a hit - Josh Simpson latches on to a loose header out to rifle in a rising half-volley from 25 yards. Brilliant technique.

  89. 2009: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    The Royals caused a host of problems from corners when these sides met in the league un December and Nicky Shorey's delivery is again top drawer. David de Gea stays on his line and Nemanja Vidic just about hacks it away. Encouraging signs for Reading though.

  90. 2008: 
    Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Reading survived that first flurry of attacks and look to have calmed down a bit now. Adam Le Fondre wins a corner for the Royals.

  91. 2006: 

    Dave Bartlett: "It would be close but a composite 11 would be awesome.. Schmeichel/Irwin/Vidic/Ferdinand/Neville/Beckham/Keane/Scholes/Giggs/RVP/Rooney."

  92. 2006:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    "These are bad signs for Reading. They're sitting very deep and leaving Adam Le Fondre up front on his own. They've got to regroup and regain a bit of composure."

  93. 2004: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Man Utd 0-0 Reading
    Danny Welbeck's shot saved

    What a start from Manchester United. Ashley Young carves open the Reading defence with a fine pass on the left and Danny Welbeck hits in a low shot which Adam Federici has to stretch to keep out at his near post.

    That long wait for another Reading win may go on for some time yet if United keep this up...

  94. 2002: 
    CLOSE!- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    The 1999 United side would be ahead by now..

    Oh hang on! Almost a goal as Javier Hernandez twists inside the penalty area, his low shot is blocked and Danny Welbeck and then Antonio Valencia can't turn the loose ball home.

  95. 2001: 
    KICK-OFF- Man Utd 0-0 Reading

    Game on at Old Trafford...

  96. 1958: 
    Chris Wise, BBC Radio Wiltshire sports editorDI CANIO QUITS

    "Paolo Di Canio's resignation isn't really too much of a surprise. Recently, in another statement, he described his position as 'untenable'. He wanted information and clarity regarding the ownership of the club. He wanted clarity in terms of how much money would be available to bring in players between now and the end of the season.

    "But the understanding is that a takeover will go through tomorrow, and so many will question the timing of Di Canio's resignation, and will want to know why he couldn't have waited 24 hours. The timing of this statement is strange to say the least."

  97. 1956: 
    Denis Irwin and Roy Keane

    Tom on text: "The United squad of 2013 is by far stronger than 99 - Fergie could put out two teams in the league, one would win and the other would qualify for the Champions League. Strongest 11 would be close though!!"

    Scotty B on text: "Re 1945: which side would Giggs and Scholes be on???"

    James, Southampton on text: "In terms of skill I don't think this team matches up to '99, however where I think the class of 2013 is better is in the consistency of depth - we have a good 16/17 (probably more) players who are capable playing well in all competitions."

  98. 1953: 
    Radio 5 live commentator Darren Fletcher

    "You've got to take a few things when Paolo Di Canio is your manager. He's going to upset a few people. But his track record is very good. I wouldn't expect him to be out of work for long."

  99. 1952: 

    Trevor Lahey: "RE Ollie-1934: Hmm, what about Keane, Hughes, Bruce, Ince and Strachan? There's a few more that have failed too."

    Matt Graham: "I don't know who would win between '99 and '13 teams but two Scholes on the pitch at the same time? Guaranteed sending off."

    Jamie Kelly: "99 United vs 2013 United? 2013, they have a Sir Alex with 14 more years experience and a near-perfect knowledge on the 99 team."

  100. 1948: 
    Man Utd v Reading (2000 GMT)

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "You see the results in the last round and this weekend, who would think Blakcburn would win at Arsenal? The Cup can make things happen.

    "Every game is a selection dilemma. All the big games are cropping up and it's not easy but I have to pick the right team. Wayne Rooney has a sinus infection, he is in bed."

  101. 1947: 
    KICK-OFF- Crawley 0-0 Doncaster

    Our League One game of the day has kicked off.

  102. 1945: 

    Richard Smith, Cheshire on text: "Just look at that line up. Proof that United match up to the 99 team. Keep the red flag flying high!"

    Amogh, Man Utd fan on text: "Look at tonight's team sheet. I still feel that this Man United squad is not a patch on the treble-winning squad of 99. What have they won up until now?"

    A great talking point. Who would win - 99 or 2013?

  103. 1943: 

    Paolo Di Canio is the 37th managerial departure of the season, and the 17th to leave his job since Christmas! Incredible.

  104. 1940: 
    Man Utd v Reading (2000 GMT)

    Reading manager Brian McDermott: "I've selected a team and this game is our priority. We want to put on a good performance and let's see if we can get a result. I always try to attack. This is a one-off and we want to try to attack as best as we can.

    "I told Adam Le Fondre a few days ago that he was the first name on my team sheet. His family are all massive United fans."

  105. 1938: 

    Matt in Telford on text: "Surely Bury would be the ideal place for Giggs to start his managerial career. The ground's got his name on it."

  106. 1937: 

    More from Paolo Di Canio on his exit from Swindon and the proposed takeover at the County Ground:

    "I entered into a temporary arrangement with the proposed new owners to continue in my role as manager but all this was agreed subject to Football League approval for the purchase of the club being granted by 1700 GMT on Monday, 18 February.

    "At the time of issuing this statement, I have had no further contact from the proposed new owners and I have been told that unfortunately Football League approval has not been granted yet and therefore my temporary arrangement has ended and my resignation stands."

  107. 1934: 

    Steve: "Di Canio was the best thing to happen for Swindon in my lifetime (certainly after 1969 that is). An absolute star."

    Ollie: "Giggs will make a great manager. Solskjaer and G Neville have shown that Fergie's men are students of the game. Giggs no different."

  108. 1931: 
    LINE-UPS- Man Utd v Reading (2000 GMT)

    Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Vidic, Buttner, Valencia, Cleverley, Anderson, Young, Welbeck, Hernandez. Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, van Persie, Kagawa.

    Reading: Federici, Kelly, Mariappa, Morrison, Shorey, McCleary, Leigertwood, Karacan, McAnuff, Hunt, Le Fondre. Subs: Andersen, Gunter, Pearce, Pogrebnyak, Robson-Kanu, Guthrie, Carrico.

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

  109. 1931: 

    Nicholas on text: "So Le Fondre finally starts a game, hopefully stopping all that 'what does a player have to do?!' nonsense. Absolutely nothing wrong with being a super sub. United used to have one of those, now he's a club legend with his own banner in the stands... I forget his name...."

  110. 1931:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "There will be lots of other jobs coming up in the next few months, and Paolo Di Canio will be linked with them all.

    "His resignation is surprising, but there are obviously issues going on at Swindon, and he's decided that his time's up."

  111. 1930: 
    Paolo Di Canio

    Paolo Di Canio on resigning as Swindon manager: "It is with great regret that I find myself having to make this further press statement... As I had previously stated, there have been a number of broken promises made by the club over the time that I have been manager of Swindon Town.

    "Despite these problems, I have delivered everything and more that was asked of me, by achieving promotion last year as champions and competing this season for promotion to the Championship and being just three points from top place a year earlier than expected."

  112. 1928: 

    Stuie Neale: "Gutted is an understatement. Paolo Di Canio you will go down in history as a great Swindon manager thank you."

    Miracle Roche: "Di Canio for Man City!"

  113. 1925: 
    Ryan Giggs

    Reading boss Brian McDermott believes Ryan Giggs will go on to be a top, top manager.

    McDermott said: "I met him at Burton. He was doing his pro licence and he has all the ingredients to be a top manager.

    "I was really impressed, he came up to me and shook my hand. He is humble and quiet.

    "I asked him how many medals he had won. He was very blase and just said 12. I asked what he did with them all and he said they were in museums. He was a polite man."

    Can you see Giggsy in a dugout soon?

  114. 1920: 

    Manchester United have lifted the famous FA Cup trophy on 11 occasions - but not since they beat Championship side Millwall 3-0 back in 2004. They've been runners up twice since.

    Reading have never bettered that run to the last four in 1927 but did make the last eight in consecutive years in 2010 and 2011. Brian McDermott knows his way around a cup run.

  115. 1920: 

    That didn't take long to confirm - Paolo Di Canio is a goner. He has left League One side Swindon.

  116. 1916: 

    Callum Alexander: "It's testament to the strength of squad depth just how good United's team still is."

    Phil Durrant: "I can see Sir Alex hanging up his chewing gum at the end of the season if he wins the double/treble. Perfect way to leave!"

  117. 1913: 

    The Swindon Advertiser is reporting that Paolo Di Canio has resigned from his position as Swindon manager.

    It's not been confirmed yet but we will keep you up to date...

  118. 1912:  
    Ex-Everton winger Kevin Kilbane at Old Trafford on BBC Radio 5 live:Man Utd v Reading (2000 GMT)

    "Sir Alex Ferguson has said in the last couple of days that this game doesn't take care of itself. He wants the team to show up. The FA Cup is almost a bonus for them this season. But even though it's a much-changed side, it's still a strong side.

    "Reading have had a good run of late, the defeat at Stoke apart, and they will want to continue the form they have shown in the league."

  119. 1910: 

    Nick Welch, Cheshire on text: "Should be a good year for United in the cup. Since the 2004 win, odd years have produced 2 finals (2005 & 2007) and 2 semi-finals (2009 & 2011)."

  120. 1908: 

    Manchester United have a 14-6 aggregate lead over the Royals in all meetings at Old Trafford down the years, but Reading's last two visits have both been draws.

    The sides have met once already this season, playing out a seven-goal cracker as Robin van Persie again proved the difference.

  121. 1907: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Man Utd v Reading (2000 GMT)

    Manchester United make eight changes from the side which drew at Real Madrid. Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck start in attack, Robin van Persie is on the bench but Wayne Rooney is not in the squad.

  122. 1905: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Man Utd v Reading (2000 GMT)

    Reading make six changes as Adam Le Fondre and Noel Hunt get starts up front.

  123. 1903: 

    Bob Kay on text: "Talk of the treble today might prove costly but on paper Reading shouldn't prove a problem."

  124. 1902: 
    Man Utd v Reading (2000 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Mike Whalley reports: "Twelve points clear at the top of the Premier League, and well placed to progress against Real Madrid in the Champions League, Manchester United have every reason to feel confident right now. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson, though, has warned against complacency tonight - and has stressed his desire to make an impact in the FA Cup, which United have not won since 2004.

    "Reading may be in the Premier League's bottom three, but have lost only one of their last seven matches - winning five of them - and have hit 17 goals in the process. Adam Le Fondre, a boyhood United fan who had a trial with the club as a boy, has hit seven of those goals. A quarter-final home tie against Middlesbrough or Chelsea awaits the winners."

  125. 1901: 
    Man Utd v Reading (2000 GMT)

    We should have the team news with you any minute now from Old Trafford...

  126. 1858: 

    Tom Hall: "Can't see United slipping up tonight, will want to win the FA Cup this season. A strong United team to win."

  127. 1855: 

    There is also one game in League One this evening as Crawley take on Doncaster.

    A win will take Donny to the top of the charts, while Crawley have fallen away into mid-table after a bright start.

  128. 1852: 

    So what do we think tonight - can Reading pull off a once-in-a-Pharoah win at Old Trafford? Can Manchester United do another treble? Can anyone stop Adam Le Fondre scoring from off the bench?

    Let me know.

    You can text in on 81111 (UK Only) or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball. Fire away.

  129. 1851: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "7 - Adam Le Fondre has scored seven goals in his last seven appearances for Reading in all competitions. Super-sub."

  130. 1849: 

    Eighty-six years is a long time for anyone to wait for a win, but if the Royals can pull off a victory tonight they will be through to the last eight of the FA Cup and can start dreaming of a return to Wembley.

    Reading made it all the way to the semi-finals back in 1927 - only to be beaten by eventual winners Cardiff.

    A Welsh club winning a trophy at Wembley? Madness...

  131. 1845: 

    January, 1927.

    The tomb of Tutankhamun was opened for public viewing for the first time since the Egyptian pharaoh's death in 1327 BC.

    The BBC was launched, with Teddy Wakelam delivering the first radio commentary as Arsenal entertained Sheffield United.

    The first TransAtlantic phone call took place between New York and London.

    And Reading beat Manchester United 2-1 in an FA Cup replay at Villa Park.

    The Royals are yet to beat United for a second time in their history - is tonight the night?

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bournemouth 33 15 58
2 Doncaster 32 15 58
3 Sheffield Utd 32 18 57
4 Yeovil 32 15 57
5 Tranmere 32 16 56
6 Swindon 31 31 55
7 Brentford 31 13 54
8 Coventry 33 13 50
9 Walsall 33 -2 48
10 Leyton Orient 32 -3 46
11 Notts County 32 9 45
12 MK Dons 30 6 44
13 Crewe 31 -2 44
14 Crawley Town 30 -4 43
15 Stevenage 30 -4 43
16 Carlisle 32 -15 40
17 Preston 32 -1 38
18 Shrewsbury 33 -4 37
19 Scunthorpe 33 -19 35
20 Colchester 32 -19 32
21 Oldham 31 -13 30
22 Bury 32 -17 27
23 Hartlepool 32 -25 24
24 Portsmouth 33 -23 23