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Reading   0

Saturday 16 March Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,605

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1De Gea
12Smalling
5Ferdinand
15Vidic
28Buttner
18Youngsub16
8Andersonsub26
11Giggs
19Welbeck
10Rooneygoal
20van Persie
Subs:
14Hernandez
13Lindegaard
6Evans
16Carricksub18
26Kagawasub8
25Powell
7Valencia
Reading
41Taylor
27Kellyyellow cardsub15
5Pearce
6Mariappa
3Shorey
4Karacan
8Leigertwood
11McAnuff
12McCleary
19Robson-Kanusub30
10Huntyellow cardsub9
Subs:
21McCarthy
15Morrisonsub27
2Gunter
23Harte
28Akpan
30Blackmansub19
9Le Fondresub10

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16/03/2013 19:00, Report by Ben Hibbs
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United 1 Reading 0

van Persie all had efforts on goal. The latter’s was a vicious free-kick from 30 yards that Taylor punched clear.

Reading’s second-half performance proved far better than their first and with 16 minutes remaining, United had to introduce Carrick in place of Young in an attempt to control possession through the middle of the park and no doubt attempt kill the game. 

Carrick made a definite impact on the game and helped conjure a chance for Giggs, whose shot from a narrow angle on the right was stopped by Taylor. Just moments later, Rooney laced a shot over the bar and van Persie acrobatically fired over in injury time. United could not add to the tally, but three more crucial points were all that was required and the Reds attained them dutifully.

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