FA Cup Third Round | Old Trafford | Attendance: 74,396 | Scorers: Rooney 7min, Martial 15min, Rashford 75min, 79min

Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United
0-0-0, Premier League
M. Rashford, 79′ M. Rashford, 75′ A. Martial, 15′ W. Rooney 7′
0-0-0, Championship

Captain Wayne Rooney equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record as Manchester United booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a convincing 4-0 win over Jaap Stam’s Reading at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

Rooney took the hallowed part of fellow United legend in the club’s all-time scoring charts with his 249th goal. Black Frenchman Anthony Martial doubled the lead with a second goal to make it 2-0 ahead just 15 minutes after the starting whistle.

Teen sensation Marcus Rashford capitalised on an error by Reading’s Ali Al-Habsi to add a late double which reflected United’s superiority in a dominant display before happy United fans in the Theater of Dreams.

This Reading defeat and victory extended United’ winning streak-run to eight matches in all competitions but Jose Mourinho’s men won’t discover their next opponents in the competition until the draw is made on Monday evening.


Possession: United 53% Reading 47%

Shots at goal: United 19 Reading 2

Shots on target: United 6 Reading 0

Corners: United 4 Reading 2

Rashford was a stunner as he scored with a calm and composed finish when the ball was played through the middle by experienced old hand Michael Carrick to add to a scoreline which began to reflect Manchester United’s dominance of the FA Cup third-round tie with Reading at Old Trafford.

After comfortably securing a place in the next round FA Cup fourth-round, United will now be looking to make progress in another cup competition on Tuesday night in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Hull City at Old Trafford (KO 20:00 GMT).


Possession: United 45% Reading 55%

Shots at goal: United 27 Reading 7

Shots on target: United 12 Reading 1

Corners: United 7 Reading 4


Manchester United: Romero; Young, Smalling, Rojo (Jones 19), Blind; Carrick (Fosu-Mensah 78), Fellaini; Mata (Schweinsteiger 78), Rooney (c), Martial, Rashford.

Subs not used: J. Pereira, Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Ibrahimovic.

Booked: Young

Reading: Al-Habsi, Gunter (c), Blackett (Obita 46), L.Moore, Van den Berg, Evans (Swift 57), Williams, Kelly, Beerens, McCleary, Kermorgant (Samuel 77).

Subs not used: S.Moore, Cooper, Meite, Watson.

Booked: None

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has a worry over Marcos Rojo after the Argentine defender was withdrawn during the first half of the 4-0 win over Reading with an injury.

Rojo was replaced by Phil Jones only 19 minutes into the FA Cup tie. United were two goals at the time of Rojo’s injury. Mourinho is worried because Rojo has seen his form improve since the boss started fielding him in the defensive left-back position for United.



Wayne Rooney now needs just one more goal to become Manchester United’s all-time top goalscorer, after finding the net during Saturday’s FA Cup third-round victory over Reading.

The United captain opened the scoring after just seven minutes at Old Trafford during the 4-0 win, to move level with Sir Bobby Charlton on 249 competitive goals for the club.

Captain Wayne Rooney spoke to BT Sport after the game:

“It’s a proud moment especially to do so at such a massive club like Manchester United. I’m hugely honoured to be able to play for this football club and to be up there in terms of goals with Sir Bobby is a really proud moment for me. Hopefully I’ll be there out on my own soon but I’ll enjoy today because it’s a real honour.

I’m enjoying my football and I’m thankful to score again It’s a huge part of my life this football club and I’m really honoured to be up there alongside Sir Bobby.

Of course you want to break records in front of your home fans,” he added. “We’ve got two home games coming up [this week] so hopefully I can get the next one in one of those games. I’m delighted for today though and more importantly the result. There were a lot of changes and the lads have come in and shown they’re ready if needed.”

  • Manchester United beat Reading 4-0 in the third round of the FA Cup
  • Wayne Rooney gave Manchester United the lead after just seven minutes
  • The goal takes Rooney level with Sir Bobby Charlton as United’s record scorer
  • Anthony Martial put United 2-0 ahead after sweeping the ball into the net
  • Marcus Rashford made it 3-0 with 15 minutes left to play at Old Trafford
  • Rashford scored the fourth following a dreadful error by Ali Al-Habsi
  • United will extended their winning run to eight matches under Mourinho

As referee Andre Marriner blew the final whistle to round up the FA Cup third-round tie at Old Trafford, our road to Wembley is a sure thing. This victory has extended Manchester United’s winning run to eight matches in all competitions but nobody knows our next opponents in the competition until the draw is made on Monday evening.

Whoever, whatever or whomsoever it may be, I couldn’t careless as United head to Wembley to retain the FA Cup for another glorious year 2017 . . .

Up Man U!


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