Manchester United 1 - 0 Reading

Match info: Premier League at Old Trafford

Date: 16/03/2013 KO: 17:30 Ref: Att: 75,605

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Man Utd

Wayne Rooney 21



FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • Manchester United move 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win which keeps managerless Reading in deep relegation trouble. A deflected, first-half Rooney goal secured the victory as Sir Alex Ferguson's side capitalised on Manchester City's loss at Everton earlier on Saturday. Defeat means there is no quick-fix for Reading following the controversial sacking of Brian McDermott in the week and they remain seven points from safety. Stay with us for all the post-match reaction.


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  • Chance for Van Persie from Kagawa's cross on the right. But Van Persie's overhead kick is high over the crossbar from six yards.

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  • This really has been a game to quickly forget. It has been played at the tempo of a pre-season friendly. United are holding the ball in the Reading corner.

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  • Ferdinand hits the ball long to Welbeck, who takes a whack from Mariappa when challenging for the ball in the air.

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  • United are now simply trying to keep the ball and from a throw-in in the Reading half play the ball back to Ferdinand.

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  • ADDED TIME: There will be a minimum of five minutes added time before the final whistle.

  • The rumours is there will be five minutes of stoppage time after all the injuries and substitutions.

  • Before the corner, Reading send on the tall and powerful Morrison in place of Kelly. Morrison gets his head to the ball but nods wide of the target.

  • There are now a lot of empty seats at Old Trafford. This game has had the feeling of being over for a long time. But Reading win a corner on the left.

  • Kagawa comes on for Anderson, who had a steady if not spectacular game.

  • Rooney smashes an effort just over the crossbar after being found on the edge of the box by a first-time lay-off from Welbeck, who had been fed in by Giggs. It is a nice move and Rooney's shot only just goes over the crossbar.

  • Giggs again causes problems from the next corner with a good bit of trickery. Reading just about survive from the resulting corner.

  • Giggs plays a short corner and is then able to drift into the box. His deflected cross-shot has to be palmed behind for another corner by Taylor.

  • Blackman has put himself about since coming on but Reading have lacked quality in important areas today.

  • Blackman then fouls Ferdinand and gives United a free-kick just on the edge of their own box. De Gea hits the set-piece long and up field.

  • Reading win another throw-in in quick succession down the left before Blackman then crosses. But Rooney, back in his own penalty area, heads clear.

  • Blackman puts Vidic under pressure inside his own penalty area and the centre-back has to hack the ball out for a throw-in on the left.

  • Giggs advances down the left but his cross is cut out at the near post. United remain on the attack but Rooney fires over the crossbar.

  • United look as if they are happy to see out the remaining 13 minutes plus stoppage time with this one-goal advantage.


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