The Portuguese winger replaced the injured Jones just before the break to inspire a much-improved second-half performance, although the home fans were forced to endure a nervy finale after Jobi McAnuff pulled a goal back.
Did you know? Reading are the second top-flight team to visit the Theatre of Dreams without a permanent manager this season following the dismissal of McDermott, joining QPR who lost 3-1 after sacking ex-Reds striker Mark Hughes. Mauricio Pochettino also brought his new Southampton side to M16 just one game after replacing Nigel Adkins.
Opposition boss: Caretaker manager Eamonn Dolan will take charge of the Royals on Saturday and the former Academy boss admits he has taken advice from McDermott since his sacking, saying “I’ve spoken to him each day. All he wants is for Reading to get a result. It's been a difficult week for everybody. The players were on the floor at the start of the week.”
Star man: Boyhood United fan Adam Le Fondre failed to realise his dream of scoring at the Theatre of Dreams in February, despite playing every minute of the 2-1 defeat. Nonetheless, the Royals striker has a good record this season - netting 10 goals so far - and will provide a threat this weekend. “It has always been my dream to score at Old Trafford,” he recently explained. “Cantona and McClair were my heroes. My dad is a massive supporter as well, so it will be a very special game.”
Quote/unquote: “We didn’t quite get a result against Chelsea but we’re still in the FA Cup, so we’ve got to kick on and make sure we do our best when we return to league action against Reading at Old Trafford on Saturday. Let’s do the job and get the players buzzing