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Summary

  1. Rooney converts early Mata cross
  2. Goal equals Man Utd's scoring record of 249
  3. Martial curls in precise low strike
  4. Rashford second after comedy keeper error
  5. Get involved - #bbcfacup

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By Aimee Lewis and Luke Reddy

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Over and out...

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

And I will bid you farewell.

I hope you enjoyed this live text, Wayne Rooney brought it to life and Ali Al Habsi's contribution will be revisited for sure. Not a bad offering as far as cup ties go.

Reading fans, have a safe journey home and draw comfort from the fine form you have shown in the league. Manchester United fans, make sure you take in Monday's round four draw on the BBC Sport website.

Thanks for all your tweets today. Have a cracking afternoon.

A feast of action

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"A wait on Rojo"

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

Manchester United

Marcos Rojo
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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho speaking to BT Sport: "I am happy because it was a professional job from minute one. We knew Reading that could create difficulties especially if you allow them to settle in the game. It is also good for me to see some of the players that are not starting in many games - they are good physically and I can count on them for the rest of the season.

On Marcos Rojo's injury: "I don't know. I have to wait a bit. A muscle is a muscle and we are a little bit afraid of it. Without Eric Bailly, it is more important."

"A more special day will arrive"

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

Manchester United

Wayne Rooney
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Jose Mourinho on Wayne Rooney matching Sir Bobby Charlton's club record: "A more special day will arrive. It was great but I want one more goal! He is an amazing guy in the group and we all want him to do that. To have Wayne as the top scorer in a club like this is magnificent for him.

"We play well, but not better than in some matches in which we did not win. Everything is built on some not so good result. It was a very important for the creation of empathy and a strong group."

"We are all humans"

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

Reading manager Jaap Stam: "It is certainly a lesson for my team. You have got to start aggressively against a team like this, otherwise they will make you pay. We started better in the second half, possession-wise, but we do not create many chances. But credit to the opposition they have a lot of quality, skill and speed up front. You learn something from the movement of their players.

On why they started so slowly: "It could be a little bit of stagefright. But we are all humans, we all have feelings, you cannot programme them like computers."

Doing an Al Habsi

Manchester United 4-0 Reading

Dion Dublin

Former Leicester and Man Utd forward on Final Score

I did an Ali Al Habsi once. Playing in defence for Norwich I accidentally knocked the ball into the path of the opposition's striker who pounced on it and scored. So I know exactly how that feels.

FA Cup: Ali Al-Habsi's mistake gifts Marcus Rashford goal
Reading goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi makes a horrible mistake to gift Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford a second goal during the Red Devils' 4-0 FA Cup third-round win at Old Trafford.

Wait for it...

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

I am about to publish the Ali Al Habsi howler again. Please watch it. I know it's cruel but it has that laugh-out-loud factor. Sorry Reading fans.

So, are we ready?

'Some good stuff'

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

More from Wayne Rooney on BT Sport: "We played some good stuff and scored some good goals. Reading are a good team, they try and play in the right way which is refreshing to see, we are happy with the win and it is a good day for the club."

Just right for Jose

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

Jose Mourinho had little to worry about today and life seems swell for him at the moment.

This run of eight wins on the spin is his best since 2006 when he reached the same mark with Chelsea.

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"A proud moment"

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

Manchester United

Wayne Rooney speaking to BT Sport: "It is a proud moment. To do it at such a massive club like Manchester United, I am hugely honoured and it is really proud moment for me. It was not something I could have imagined. You don't think that far ahead, but I have been at this club a long time, it is a huge part of my life and it is an honour to be up there alongside Sir Bobby. 

"You want to do records in front of your home fans and we have got two home games coming up and hopefully I can get the next one in one of those."

'My style is better'

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

With all the Wayne Rooney headlines before half time we didn't really give this moment the attention it deserved before the break. A clash of two of English football's hair heavyweights.

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Effective United

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

I don't recall seeing a team have 27 shots off 45% possession before.

Perhaps that shows us just how vulnerable Reading were defensively. Time and again they were hurt by through balls.

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On a roll

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'United fans expect some sort of silverware'

Manchester United 4-0 Reading

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Old Trafford for 5 live Sport

Marcus Rashford
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Jose Mourinho will be absolutely delighted with his side's performance. There were no real failures in the United team today, and up front Wayne Rooney was very, very lively, especially in the first half. 

As the game wore on, Marcus Rashford showed that he is the future. His pace is extraordinary and he gets in great positions. He scored two today and could easily have four or five. He is very special. 

The United fans expect some sort of silverware this season.

FULL-TIME

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

Sir Bobby Charlton stands from his seat and looks on as the whistle is blown on a game which saw his sole position as Manchester United's club-record scorer taken.

He now shares it with Wayne Rooney - the pair on 249 goals.

As Rooney walks from the pitch and nears the tunnel he waves to someone he knows with a smile. Just one more needed for outright history.

Very much his day. Reading offered spirit but little resistance and their hopes of being in round four faded fast.

Rooney's performance 'heartening'

Manchester United 4-0 Reading

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Old Trafford for 5 live Sport

Wayne Rooney
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There have been ups and downs for Wayne Rooney is his career, and you have to say there seems to have been a steady decline over the last two or three seasons. 

But if you're his manager you'll be heartened by his excellent performance today.

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Jordan Obita has a ping from 30 yards, easily held by Sergio Romero.

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

There will be two added minutes.

The game now has the atmosphere of a pre-season friendly between The Dog & Duck and Red Lion.

Call it off early ref.

WATCH AGAIN: A shocker from Al Habsi allows Rashford a second

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

Here it is. Enjoy.

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Man Utd 4-0 Reading

If any Manchester United player has had to work a little harder than he would like today it would be Daley Blind. He was taken on several times by Garath McCauley and Roy Beerens gets beyond the left-back this time. Daley body checks him - free-kick. In it comes to the back post...nothing doing. A tame header rolls for a goal kick.

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

We are beginning to see a smattering of red seats as people head for the exits. This game has long been over and some are heading for an early chip butty.

Still Marouane Fellaini charges around in midfield, forcing Reading back to their keeper. Wayne Rooney is still out there of course, we could yet see goal number 250.

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

I'm looking forward to being able to bring you the video of Manchester United's fourth. A howler of howlers from Ali Al Habsi.

The home side have had 25 shots today. They haven't needed a helping hand but poor old Al Habsi gave them one. A nice way to celebrate signing a new contract this week.

Ali Al Habsi
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'A feast of a game'

Manchester United 4-0 Reading

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Old Trafford for 5 live Sport

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Marouane Fellaini just missed from three yards out and it's been such an open game. It's actually remarkable that it's only 4-0. 

This is a feast of a game - if you're a forward.

Marcus the Marksman

Man Utd 3-0 Reading

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

After making such a blistering start to his Manchester United career, Marcus Rashford has had to wait over three months for a goal, which must have seemed like a lifetime to the 19-year-old.

Remember, this time last year he was still to make his debut.

Now he has an FA Cup winners' medal and appeared at Euro 2016.

Marcus Rashford
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CLOSE!

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

Manchester United continue to lay siege on the Reading goal. A well-worked corner sees a low Wayne Rooney shot fired at goal from a narrow angle. Ali Al Habsi palms the ball into his six-yard box and Marouane Fellaini is only denied a goal by a defender on the line. An instinctive block.

WATCH AGAIN: Rashford makes it 3-0

No - this is not the goal with the super blooper but it is worth watching anyway.

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Marcus Rashford and Ali Al Habsi
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Freddie: Oh dear, no one likes to see that from a goalkeeper.

Stuart Mitchell: Ali Al Habsi! Ha ha ha!

Two different opinions there...

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 4-0 Reading

Moments before that fourth goal we saw a number of substitutions.

Michael Carrick off for Timoth Fosu-Mensah.

Bastian Schweinsteiger on to much applause for Juan Mata.

And finally Dominic Samuel is on for Reading, Yann Kermorgant makes way.

'There was no bobble, nothing wrong'

Manchester United 4-0 Reading

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Old Trafford for 5 live Sport

There should have been no problems at all. Al Habsi tried to kick it with his left but as he planted his right foot he kicked it away from his own left. There was no bobble, nothing wrong. Marcus Rahsford will never, ever score an easier goal. 

Ali Al Habsi
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GOAL - Man Utd 4-0 Reading

Marcus Rashford

A goal for the bloopers reel. This is so bad, a book should be written on it.

A harmless pass is played back to Ali Al Habsi and he waits for the ball to roll onto his left foot to boot it clear. What he doesn't do is sort his right foot out and it makes the slightest contact with the ball, nudging it past his swinging left peg to roll within a yard of the goal line. Marcus Rashford is on hand to blast the ball in. He will not score many more simple.

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GOAL - Man Utd 3-0 Reading

Marcus Rashford

The drought is over. Marcus Rashford has his first goal in 18 matches.

It's a goal which sums up much of the poor defending Reading have on times shown today. One pass pierces them. Michael Carrick plays it from the halfway line, it's right footed and picks Rashford out. 

A stretching Reading defender gets none of it and that's him out of the game. Rashford races clear and coolly slides the ball past the keeper.

Not the finish of a desperate striker. Well taken.

Marcus Rashford
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Man Utd 2-0 Reading

Daley Blind stands over a Manchester United corner... Marouane Fellaini likes the look of this... he's thwarted by Liam Moore. Another corner... Moore heads clear again.

Man Utd 2-0 Reading

Danny Williams has the style of Kevin Prince-Boateng in midfield. He makes a lot of noise, charging around with a glitzy hairstyle. He's looking for a show stopper of a strike here from 35 yards and Sergio Romero watches it float well wide. The shot of a man with a short back and sides.

Man Utd 2-0 Reading

This time Reading do get the corner kick award and their fans roar sarcastically as a result. The ball is delivered but the head of Marouane Fellaini connects to clear.

Man Utd 2-0 Reading

This is Reading's best spell of the match. All of a sudden the home side are in their shape behind the ball as Reading open up the play in a bid to create something of meaning. Liam Kelly appears to win a corner in front of the away fans but it's not given. Replays show it should have been.

I think Jose Mourinho may make a change or two soon, United look like they need a little injection of something.

Liam Kelly
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Danny Williams tries to weave some space in the Reading midfield but Michael Carrick robs him. He releases Wayne Rooney who is wasteful... the ball changing hands rapidly suddenly.

Reading come again, Yann Kermorgant will have a swing from 18 yards... blocked.

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Yip Jaap Stam

Man Utd 2-0 Reading

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

He is 44 now and it is 16 years since he left Manchester United but Jaap Stam still cuts a fairly imposing figure.

Stam is wearing a dark jacket which is pulled tight across his waist, highlighting what remains a pretty impressive frame.

He is pretty animated in the technical area too and I don't see many Reading players questioning him.

Certainly not someone you would immediately think of having an argument with.

Jaap Stam
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Man Utd 2-0 Reading

That was the first time Reading have touched the ball in Manchester United's penalty area in this second period.

Man Utd 2-0 Reading

Ouch. That's a 50-50 challenge only brave men embark on.

Garath McCauley plays a one-two down the Reading right and he has the pace to get to the return near the dead-ball line. Sergio Romero races out to meet him and they clatter into one another. A corner awarded. Like two bulls locking horns.