Manchester United players celebrate one of five goals against West Brom in Premier League 2 Division 2

U23s: United v Reading could be a cracker

MUTV viewers and the fans at Leigh Sports Village could be in for a treat this Friday night when Manchester United and Reading meet at Under-23 level (kick-off 19:00 BST).

The two sides scored 11 goals between them in last week's opening Premier League 2 fixtures, with the Reds enjoying a thumping 5-0 away win against West Bromwich Albion and the Royals beating Newcastle United 6-0.

Largie Ramazani, D'Mani Mellor, James Garner (2) and Dylan Levitt were our scorers against the Baggies, three days after Ramazani and Ethan Laird both netted in the 2-0 victory at Rotherham United in the EFL Trophy, now called the Trophy.

James Garner prepares to score one of his two goals against West Brom's Under-23s.
Watch the highlights from last week's win against West Brom.
Neil Wood will be hoping his young Reds can build on those two successes on the road, in the first home match of the new campaign. The squad will be missing at least two players, however, after Aidan Barlow and George Tanner headed out on loan to Tromso and Morecambe respectively during the week.

Meanwhile, Scott Marshall’s Reading side are currently perched above us in Premier League 2 Division 2 after beginning the season with that aforementioned bang at home to Newcastle.

Andrija Novakovich bagged a hat-trick, Thierry Nevers grabbed a brace and Tyler Frost also found the net as the Berkshire side marginally outscored the Reds to set up a very early top-of-the-table meeting.

The Reds met Reading three times at this level in 2018/19, resulting in one win apiece and a draw. 

The first encounter, which took place in the league at Old Trafford, ended 1-1, but an Angel Gomes penalty ensured we won 1-0 at Madejski Stadium in the reverse fixture in December.

The Royals did, however, win the third contest of the season between the sides two months later, when first-team player Danny Loader bagged a hat-trick in a 3-1 Reading victory that eliminated the Reds from the Premier League International Cup.
Angel Gomes scores a penalty against Reading Under-23s in the 2018/19 season.
Angel Gomes netted the winner from the spot at the Madejski last season.

Friday’s fixture will be shown exclusively live on MUTV, with coverage beginning at 18:30 BST. 

This season there are more ways than ever to watch United's live Under-23 games on MUTV – up to nine in fact! We have for your laptop or PC, while the MUTV app, offering both live programmes and on-demand content, is now available on Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, as well as the iOS and Android app stores. And the channel is still available on Sky and Virgin Media in the UK and Ireland.

As well as live Under-23 fixtures, MUTV's in-season content includes live Under-18 matches, full replays and highlights of every first-team and Women's team game just hours after full-time, live Manager's Press Conference coverage, exclusive player interviews, award-winning original shows and documentaries and much more.

To learn more and find links, visit our MUTV page.