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 again.” – United legend Dwight Yorke.
Sub-plots: City travel to Everton in the midday kick-off on Saturday, meaning the Reds’ lead at the top could be temporarily reduced to just nine points ahead of facing Reading. And with the international break looming, victory is vitally important.
Whistle blower: Mark Clattenburg will be the man in the middle. This season, the Tyne & Wear-based official has distributed 76 yellow cards and six reds during 28 matches. United fans last saw him during a 4-1 home win over Fulham in January.
Rivals watch: As mentioned, Roberto Mancini takes his title challengers to Goodison Park on Saturday before third-placed Spurs host Fulham on Sunday ahead of Chelsea’s clash with West Ham.