Manchester United will compete in the Football Association Cup quarterfinals after defeating Reading 2-1 at Old Trafford on Monday. Goals from Nani and Chicharito saw United defeat a tough Reading test.
United looked the better team for large portions of the first half, but they could not take any of them as Reading proved to be a frustrating opponent for the Red Devils. As the first half wore on, United looked less likely to score as Reading found their stride and defended resolutely. One incident that will have United worried about was an ankle injury suffered by Phil Jones after a tackle with Jobi McAnuff. Jones had to come off straight away and hobbled down the Old Trafford tunnel. Nani came on to replace Jones and injected some much needed pace and creativity into the United offense.
The second half was just as similar to the first half as Manchester United could not capitalize on their opportunities. The winger of Nani provided United with their best scoring chances and excellent movement. Nani opened the scoring in the 69th minute with a well-deserved goal. Only three minutes later Chicharito added United's second and his 15th of the season. The Red Devils had to sweat it out however, as a McAnuff goal in the 81st minute gave Reading a lifeline. United successfully defended well and will now face either Middlesbrough or Chelsea in the quarterfinal.
Man of the Match: Nani. The winger came on for the injured Jones at the end of the first half, and even though he was in a car crash earlier in the week, he provided United with some much needed creativity and skill. The winger was the difference between a lackluster draw and a win, and his goal was very well-deserved.Chicharito, FA Cup, Jobi McAnuff, Manchester, Manchester United, Nani, Phil Jones, Premier League, Reading, Soccer