United Continues Treble Bid

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Javier Hernandez scored two goals against Fulham in the last round. Image courtesy of skysports.com
Manchester United will be looking to extend its unbeaten run to sixteen matches when Reading visits Old Trafford in the FA Cup on Tuesday morning (AEST). Twelve points clear in the Premier League and in the box seat after a 1-1  draw away to Real Madrid in the Champions League during the week, a win for the Red Devils would see them on course for an historic League/Cup/Champions League treble that the club famously achieved in 1999.

With United still in the hunt for three trophies, Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to give some of his players that weren’t involved in Spain a start in this match to rest some of his first choice XI. Mexican striker Javier Hernandez is likely to start after being an unused substitute in the club’s past two fixtures, having scored a brace as his side triumphed 4-1  against Fulham in the last round. Despite being overlooked in favour of Jonny Evans at the Bernabeu, Nemanja Vidic could return at the heart of the defence, while Nani, Antonio Valencia and Tom Cleverly are also in contention for a berth in the run on side.

Reading, fighting to avoid relegation from the Premier League may choose to rest some of their key players with a view to keeping them fresh for important league fixtures coming up against fellow strugglers Wigan and Aston Villa. Noel Hunt could be in line for his first start since scoring twice in the Royals 4-0 win over Sheffield United in the 4th round, while Daniel Carrico and Hal Robson-Kanu are both available for selection after missing a day’s training in the clubs UAE training camp last week.

These clubs have met in a top flight fixture already this season, with the Red Devils posting a 4-3  win at the Madejski Stadium in December. That seven goal thriller is a fair reflection of recent matches involving Reading, with both teams getting on the scoresheet in seven of their past eight games.

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