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  • 18 February 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: A. Marriner
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Manchester United - Reading Preview: Royals hoping to progess past the FA Cup fifth round for only the third time ever

Manchester United - Reading Preview: Royals hoping to progess past the FA Cup fifth round for only the third time ever

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Standing in the way of Brian McDermott's side are Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils, and the hosts have only lost two of their last 19 home matches in this competition

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER UNITED

Lindegaard
Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Buttner 
Nani, Anderson, Cleverley, Young 
Rooney, Hernandez
READING

Federici
Kelly, Morrison, Mariappa, Harte Leigertwood
Kebe, Tabb, McAnuff, Robson-Kanu
Pogrebnyak

Following Manchester United's battling 1-1 draw against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night, Sir Alex Ferguson will most likely introduce some fresh faces when Reading visit on Monday.

Darren Fletcher is the only player definitely ruled out due to his bowel illness, while Paul Scholes is still a few weeks away from a return after suffering a knee problem.

Should Sir Alex decide to rest players, the likes of Alexander Buttner, Nani, Anderson and Ashley Young could all start, and Nemanja Vidic should return following his rest on Wednesday night.

While United were giving their all in Madrid, Brian McDermott took his side to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp and he will have the majority of his squad available at Old Trafford.

Striker Jason Roberts (knee) remains a few weeks from a return to the Reading line-up meaning Pavel Pogrebnyak may retain his place in attack with Adam Le Fondre available from the bench.

Reading's only other definite absentee is goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) and he looks set to miss another couple of months' worth of action.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester United have emerged victorious in 15 of their last 19 FA Cup matches at Old Trafford, losing just two.
  • Seven goals were scored in the first 35 minutes when the two sides met at the Madejski Stadium earlier this season.

  • United have won the FA Cup on each previous occasion that they have defeated Fulham in the fourth round (1999 and 2004).

  • The Red Devils' last loss to Reading came in this competition back in 1927.

  • In his last seven Reading appearances, Le Fondre (pictured right) has seven goals.

  • The Royals have only ever been past the fifth round twice.

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1David de GeaGoalkeeper
28Alexander BüttnerDefender
12Chris SmallingDefender
15Nemanja VidicDefender
4Phil JonesDefender
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
8AndersonMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
19Danny WelbeckStriker
14Javier HernándezStriker
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
5Rio FerdinandDefender
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
17NaniMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
23Shinji KagawaStriker
1Adam FedericiGoalkeeper
3Adrian MariappaDefender
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
2Stephen KellyDefender
15Sean MorrisonDefender
12Garath McClearyMidfielder
20Jem KaracanMidfielder
11Jobi McAnuffMidfielder
8Mikele LeigertwoodDefender
9Adam Le FondreStriker
10Noel HuntStriker
31Mikkel AndersenGoalkeeper
26Alex PearceDefender
2Chris GunterDefender
3Daniel CarricoDefender
35Danny GuthrieMidfielder
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29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker

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