Manchester United will look to record their fifth straight victory on Saturday, when Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side play host to Reading in the FA Cup third round. The Reds have won every one of their matches since the Norwegian replaced José Mourinho, and only an upset will stop that run continuing this weekend. Reading head into this tie grateful for relief from the stresses of league action. They’re currently sitting in the Championship relegation zone, and new manager José Gomes hasn’t overseen a win since taking charge before Christmas.
Solskjær will surely look to use this opportunity to give the squad’s peripheral figures a taste of first-team action. He’ll also be without the injured Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Paul Pogba; Eric Bailly is suspended. Marouane Fellaini and Scott McTominay face late fitness tests. Former United man Tyler Blackett is unavailable for Reading due to suspension, though keep an eye on John O’Shea at centre-back. Nope, he’s not retired yet.
FA Cup schedule
We kick off at 12:30 in the UK, which is 07:30 on the east coast of the USA and a painful 04:30 over on the west. We’d recommend a lie-in.
FA Cup TV channel
Those in the UK can catch the action on BT Sport 2. Everyone else, head on over to LiveSoccerTV to find out your options.
FA Cup streaming
BT Sport’s online streaming service for those in the UK; ESPN+ for those Stateside.
Prediction: Sergio Romero; Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelöf, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian; Fred, Andreas Pereira, Marouane Fellaini; Tahith Chong, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sánchez.
Update: Not a bad effort. McTominay starts at the base of midfield, Darmian at center back, and Chong and Garner on the bench.
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