'I am no super sub' - Le Fondre wants Reading FA Cup start against Manchester United

The in-form striker is a Red Devils fan and was turned down by the club despite scoring a hat-trick in a trial game, but is focused on destroying their hopes of a 'treble' season
Reading forward Adam Le Fondre is determined to fire his side to victory in their fifth-round FA Cup clash with his boyhood team Manchester United to prove he is not simply a 'super sub' for Brian McDermott's side.

The in-form striker has notched 12 goals for the Premier League club in 26 games this season, including a number of recent vital goals, but has had to make 16 of those appearances from the bench in a frustrating personal campaign.

And although the 26-year-old wants to play at Old Trafford and score like his heroes, he insists he does not want to be known as the 'Ole Gunnar Solskjaer' of the Royals and become accustomed to coming on from the bench.

11/1 Adam Le Fondre is 11/1 with Bet365 to score last when Reading play Man Utd on Monday
"I know Solskjaer made his name as a sub, but I do not want to do that - I want to start," he told reporters.

"It has always been my dream to score at Old ­Trafford. Eric Cantona and Brian McClair were my ­heroes. My dad is a massive supporter as well, so it will be a very special game."

The tie will be an emotional one for Stockport-born Le Fondre considering he had trials with United as a youngster, but was not taken on by the club despite scoring a hat-trick in a youth game.

"I trained with United for about six weeks when I was seven and scored a hat-trick in a trial game for their under-nines," he added. "I was devastated when they pulled me aside and said I was not being taken on."