Reading 3-4 Manchester United: Premier League as It Happened
Goals: 8' Robson-Kanu, 19' le Fondre, 22' Morrison (Reading), 14' Anderson, 16', 28' Rooney, 34' van Persie (Man Utd)
Reading: Federici, Cummings, Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, Roberts. Subs: Taylor, Pearce, Harte, Guthrie, McCleary, Hunt, Pogrebnyak.
Manchester United: Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Fletcher, Anderson, Young, Rooney, van Persie. Subs: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Cleverley, Giggs, Hernandez, Welbeck.
90+3'- The final whistle blows and a rather bizarre football match comes to an end.
Seven goals were scored in a breathless 26 minute spell in the first half, but after Robin van Persie scored Manchester United's fourth, the goals seemed to mysteriously dry up.
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90+2'- Morrison is picked out at the far post, but his weak header is tipped over comfortably by Lindegaard.
Morrison is found again, but the young defender can only head over from close range.
90+1'- Reading look far too tired to put together one last assault on the United goal at the moment.
The home side do win a corner though as Shorey prepares to take...
88'- Chris Smalling fires well over from 30 yards as another United attack breaks down disappointingly.
It's the Manchester derby next weekend for the Red Devils. Seven goals were scored in that game too last season.
85'- Ashley Young is again unable to make anything happen as he tries and fails to dribble past Cummings on the left wing.
The Englishman started the game brightly, but has quickly slipped back into his now standard mediocrity.
83'- Phil Jones comes to the edge of the Reading box, but his attempted through ball to Danny Welbeck is blocked by a retreating Morrison.
Brian McDermott makes another change as danger man Hal Robson-Kanu is replaced by Noel Hunt.
80'- Young feeds Evra, but the Frenchman's touch is terrible and Reading spoil what looked like being a promising attack by United.
After seven goals in the first half, these fans may just demand their money back after a scoreless second!
77'- Wayne Rooney lays a pass off to Phil Jones on the edge of the Reading area, but he cannot get his shot off quickly enough and succeeds only in booting Adrian Marriappa's foot.
Jones looks hurt for a moment in the wake of that collision, but soldiers on as United hang on.
76'- Jay Tabb breezes past Michael Carrick before shooting a few yards over Anders Lindegaard.
The Danish keeper then picks up a yellow card for time wasting as he delays the subsequent goal kick.
74'- Ashley Young cuts back from the left flank before firing a shot miles wide of Federici's goal.
Sir Alex then makes his final change of the match as Danny Welbeck replaces Robin van Persie.
72'- Chris Smalling runs into the Reading half, but misplaces his pass to van Persie as the better option of Rooney down the wing goes ignored.
70'- Tabb tries to release le Fondre in behind the United defence, but overhits his pass, watching it trickle out for a goal kick.
Meanwhile, Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak replaces the always ineffectual Jason Roberts for Reading.
67'- Unbelievable miss by Robin van Persie!
Adam Federici dawdles for too long allowing the Dutchman to steal the ball from his feet. But the striker can only fire wide from an angle with the goal at his mercy.
65'- Patrice Evra again gets into a dangerous position down the left wing. His pull-back is fired over by van Persie this time.
Reading 3-4 Manchester United
63'- Patrice Evra gets to the byline before cutting a cross back to Rooney. The forward then lays the ball off to Fletcher, but his flick finds the Frenchman coming back onto the pitch and a free kick is given Reading's way.
The Red Devils should be at least two goals in front by now, but have suffered some back luck as well as poor finishing.
61'- Phil Jones evades two markers near the corner flag to break down the byline. His pull-back for van Persie is cut out well by Morrison, though.
No goals yet in this second half as things stand delicately poised at 4-3.
58'- Robson-Kanu swivels away from Evra and tears down the right wing. His cross finds le Fondre with his back to goal, but the striker can't get his shot away cleanly.
Reading look to have won a corner in the aftermath of that chance, but a goal kick is given.
55'- Wayne Rooney swings in a disappointing free kick that fails to clear the first man. Reading counter quickly, but Jason Roberts' cross is overhit and a two-on-two counter attack breaks down.
The resulting corner is flapped at by Lindegaard, Robson-Kanu is then felled by Evra, but Mark Halsey deems the tackle to be fair.
52'- Phil Jones finds space down the left flank but his cross into the area is not attackedby anyone in a red shirt.
Slow start to the second half so far as Sir Alex's side look to be the one to say "enough is enough."
50'- Roberts links up with le Fondre in the United area with some neat passing, but the latters' final ball only succeeds in picking out Rio Ferdinand.
Reading 3-4 Manchester United
48'- McAnuff fires a long range howitzer at Lindegaard's goal, but it flies past the Dane's near post.
Back down the other end and Young tries to find van Persie in the box with a deft cross, but it just evades the Dutch hitman.
46'- Manchester United get us back underway for the second half.
After seven goals in the first 45 minutes, it would be quite a letdown if none were scored in the second, wouldn't it?
45+3'- The halftime whistle blows allowing everyone watching to finally exhale. Not much defending here.
We've only had 7 goals at the Madejski today as Manchester United yet again make things difficult on themselves.
45+2'- Reading put United under some pressure to end the half as the away side seem content to play on the counter attack.
Shorey's cross to the far post is nodded down by Robson-Kanu, but there are no teammates to collect his pass.
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