The boss Jose Mourinho has revealed who will be playing for Manchester United in this afternoon’s FA Cup third-round tie against Reading at Old Trafford (KO 12:30 GMT). There are nine changes in total from the 2-0 Premier League win against the Hammers, with Marcos Rojo and Michael Carrick the only players to keep their place in the starting XI.
Ashley Young will make his 150th appearance for United. Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford is starting, and Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper Sergio Romero will also start the FA Cup third-round tie. German machine Bastian Schweinsteiger is among a strong substitutes’ bench which also includes Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic – in case things go wrong.
Eric Bailly is the only absentee as the defender prepares for the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.
THE TWO TEAMS
United XI: Romero, Young, Smalling, Rojo, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney (c), Martial, Rashford.
Substitutes: J. Pereira, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, Schweinsteiger, Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Ibrahimovic.
Reading XI: Al-Habsi, Gunter (c), Blackett, L.Moore, Van den Berg, Evans, Williams, Kelly, Beerens, McCleary, Kermorgant.
Substitutes: S.Moore, Cooper, Swift, Obita, Samuel, Meite, Watson.
With this lineup by Mourinho, United should win this FA Cup tie at Old Trafford . . .
Up Man U!