Date set for United v Reading cup tie
Manchester United’s 2018/19 Emirates FA Cup campaign will begin with a third-round tie against Reading at Old Trafford.
The tie will be played on Saturday 5 January 2019, kicking off at 12:30 GMT for live TV coverage in the UK on BT Sport 2. It will be our second match of the new calendar year, coming three days after our Premier League trip to Newcastle United on Wednesday 2 January.
The Royals are currently 21st in the Championship and on Thursday it was announced they had parted company with Paul Clement, the man who succeeded ex-United defender Jaap Stam as Reading manager.
Stam was in charge when we last faced the Berkshire club, also in the FA Cup third round, in January 2017. On that occasion, the Reds secured a comfortable 4-0 win at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford (2), Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney.
How we beat Reading in the 2017 third roundVideo
In the previous season, the Reds reached the quarter-finals and exited after a defeat to eventual finalists Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where the boss was without many players due to injury.
As a club, we last won the FA Cup in 2016 and that was our 12th time lifting the iconic trophy – which was a record at the time of that famous extra-time win over Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium.
Arsenal, our Premier League opponents at Old Trafford this coming Wednesday night, drew level with that tally of 12 wins following their success in 2017.
THE FA CUP THIRD-ROUND DRAW IN FULL
Bolton Wanderers v Walsall or Sunderland
Millwall v Hull City
Gillingham v Cardiff City
Brentford v Oxford United
Sheffield Wednesday v Luton Town
Manchester United v Reading
Everton v Lincoln City
Tranmere Rovers or Southport v Tottenham
Preston North End v Doncaster
Newcastle v Blackburn
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
Crystal Palace v Grimsby Town
Derby County v Southampton
Accrington Stanley v Ipswich Town
Bristol City v Huddersfield Town
Wrexham v Leicester City
Fulham v Oldham Athletic
Shrewsbury Town v Stoke City
Solihull Moors or Blackpool v Arsenal
Manchester City v Rotherham
Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion
West Ham v Birmingham City
Woking v Watford
Burnley v Barnsley
QPR v Leeds United
Sheffield United v Barnet
Norwich City v Portsmouth
Guiseley or Fleetwood v Wimbledon
West Bromwich Albion v Wigan Athletic
Middlesbrough v Peterborough or Bradford
Wolves v Liverpool
Aston Villa v Swansea City
Official Members can apply for tickets from 09:00 GMT on Tuesday 4 December. Further information on deadlines will be confirmed in due course.
The original version of this story, announcing the draw, was published at 19:50 GMT on Monday 3 December.