Red Devils cruise to FA Cup fourth round

mufc-reading-fa-17The Red Devils were in rampage mode today, as they easily saw off Reading for the FA Cup third round game on a 4-0 scoreline, with Wayne Rooney leveling Sir Bobby’s goal-scoring record by scoring his 249th goal for the club today.

Jaap Stam made his return to Old Trafford after his spell with the Red Devils years ago, this time as the manager of Reading, but it was not a happy return for him, as Rasford and Rooney threatened in the early minutes, with the latter eventually finding the net on the 7th minute. Mata provided the cross to Rooney to prod home the opener, leveling the record held by Sir Bobby Charlton in the process with 249 goals for the club. Martial doubled the lead on the 15th minute, as he latched onto Rooney’s pass and slotted past Al Habsi, who should have done better to stop the ball, but in the end Martial was the one celebrating. United could have already scored a couple more before the break, but in the end had to content themselves with the 2-goal lead at half time.

The second half saw Reading play in more spirited fashion, as United slacked their own pace, but Reading never really threatened at the other end, and instead with 15 minutes left, found themselves another goal down. Rashford took full opportunity of a defensive mix-up to race onto Carrick’s pass and slot home the 3rd goal of the day, before putting the game to bed on the 79th minute, as this time Al Habsi gifted him a goal by missing a clearance, and the young striker finished him with a strike from less than a yard out. United now move to the 4th round of the FA Cup with this win, and will now have to stay focused as they face Hull City on Tuesday, then for the crucial encounter with Liverpool next weekend.