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United look to advance v Reading

Manchester United return to domestic action on Monday night as they welcome Reading to Old Trafford in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The draw for the quarter-finals has already been made and has thrown up the tantalising prospect of a home clash with reigning champions Chelsea or Middlesbrough, but United must first negotiate a tie against Brian McDermott's Royals.

Sir Alex Ferguson is set to rest a number of players but has made it clear he would love to win the FA Cup for the first time since 2004, as United set their sights on another Treble-winning campaign.

The Red Devils have already opened up a 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League and netted a crucial away goal in their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid last week as they drew 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Reading's priority undoubtedly remains Premier League survival but a shock cup win over United would be a huge fillip for the club and McDermott's men travel to Manchester in decent form.

A 2-1 defeat at Stoke City last time out dropped Reading back into the bottom three, but they had previously been on a six-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.

The teams have already played out one thrilling game this season, with United winning 4-3 at the Madejski Stadium in December.

Source: Sky Sports


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