Match Report: Manchester United 1-0 Reading


By Lee Savery.

Manchester United went fifteen points clear at the top of the Premier League after a win against struggling Reading.

The only goal of the game came after 20 minutes when Rio Ferdinand was allowed to run free from defence with the ball before he found Wayne Rooney, on the edge of the box. His effort at goal deflected off Alex Pearce and looped over goalkeeper Stuart Taylor.

United made eight changes from the side that let slip a 2-0 lead against Chelsea last weekend. A shuffle that was much needed after such a tired display in the FA Cup. Smalling, Vidic, Buttner, Anderson, Giggs, Young, Welbeck and van Persie all returned to the side. Reading came into the game without a manager. Academy coach Eamonn Dolan took charge for the R’s.

It seemed the changes for both sides affected both performances in what was a lacklustre match throughout. Very few clear cut chances for either side and a tempo that never really lifted. Ashley Young had the earliest chance of the game when his cross/shot, from the left, went well wide.

In the second half, Reading had plenty of possession but David de Gea was hardly tested. United’s best chance of the half came from a Robin van Persie free-kick 30 yards from goal that was pushed away by Stuart Taylor. Taylor also had to put behind a deflected Giggs cross. Wayne Rooney also blasted over late on after a great passing move.

The Red Devils comfortably saw out the victory and claimed the three points they wanted after Manchester City’s earlier defeat against Everton. The fifteen point lead with nine games to go is surely a lead too far ahead to be caught. After last season’s capitulation, United fans will remain cautious until the title is mathematically confirmed.

Not the best performance of the season but the tight victory puts United closer to their 20th title.

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  1. Yeah it wasn’t a great victory, but it was a big win. Its great to be 15 points clear but hopefully the players take it one game at a time. It was a shame that we couldn’t find another goal, if only to allow some breathing space, and give Nick Powell a chance to play.

    Ferguson is correct in using the squad, although the team looked unbalanced. A midfield without Carrick and Cleverley would struggle in all honesty. Anderson didn’t quite step up, and Ashley Young was disappointing once again. Welbeck put a good shift in on the right, and Giggs was the standout in midfield.

    Buttner did fairly well considering he hasn’t played for a while. I think, with Evra playing for France in the next couple of weeks, Buttner will be playing against Sunderland as well. Van Persie needed a goal but it didn’t come. I don’t see him starting at Sunderland, but the reply against Chelsea will hopefully see the goals return for him.

  2. Sideshow Bob on

    Title is in the bag. We’re not going to lose 5 games and City are not going to win all of their remaining games. City should be more concerned at finishing second rather than winning the league.

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