Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Manchester United and Reading face each other at Old Trafford in the closing match of Saturday’s program in the FA Cup round 4. The Red Devils suffered a heart-breaking loss to Arsenal at the weekend, but they are seen as hot favourites to beat the Royals in front of home fans. All Sancho, Dalot, and Martial are major doubts, while Donny van de Beek remains in the recovery room.
Pacey winger Garnacho is widely expected to return to the starting XI, with Casemiro likely to start as well after missing the Emirates Stadium clash through suspension. Reading, on the other hand, are on a four-match losing run at the “Theatre of Dreams”, and given their poor display in a 4-0 loss to Stoke City, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. All Andy Carroll, Sam Hutchinson, Liam Moore, and Dejan Tetek remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Marcus Rashford):
Marcus Rashford is one of the most talented English footballers. Rashford was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester on October 31, 1997 and he began his youth career at Fletcher Moss Rangers. Manchester United scouts spotted him in 2005 when he joined the famous Premier League club.
The pacey footballer, who is capable of playing as both winger and striker, marked his Manchester United first-team debut with two goals in a 5-1 crushing of Midtjylland in the Europa League.
Marcus Rashford scored seven goals in 35 appearances for the Red Devils in the 2017/2018 Premier League season. Speaking of his international debut, the Manchester United attacker played his first match for England against Australia on May 27, 2016 and he did well to find the net in a 2-1 win over the Socceroos.
After producing fine displays with Manchester United in the 2017/2018 season, Marcus Rashford was named in the 23-man England national team squad that will take part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Highlighted Team (Reading):
Reading FC is a professional football club that play in the Championship. The club was formed in 1871 and Madejski Stadium has been the home of Reading since 1998. The Royals used to play their home games at Elm Park in the past (1896 - 1998). Reading made it to the FA Cup semi-finals on two occasions (1927, 2015), but they have yet to win the prestigious trophy.
The likes of Robin Friday, Trevor Senior, Steve Death, Shaka Hislop, Phil Parkinson, Alf Messer, Jimmy Quinn, Michael Gilkes, Ronnie Blackman, Pavel Pogrebnyak and Martin Hicks are some of their more notable footballers. Aldershot Town were considered Reading’s fiercest rivals, but the Shots went out of business in 1992.
Seeing that Aldershot rejoined the league in 2008 it remains to be seen if the rivalry is going to be re-established in near future. Swindon Town and Oxford United are considered Reading’s big rivals as well.