Ratings: Rooney matches record and Rashford bags a brace against Reading

Manchester United beat Reading 4-0 in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. It was the first match former United defender Jaap Stam would manage at his former home and he will be returning back to Berkshire looking at what could have been – that was annihilation. United had chance after chance in the opening stages of the match, taking the lead in the seventh minute through Wayne Rooney, scoring his 249th United goal, matching the record set by Sir Bobby Charlton. Anthony Martial doubled United’s lead in the 15th minute with Marcus Rashford scoring himself a brace, finding the back of the net in the 75th and 79th minute, despite having many chances of his own throughout the match. United were the better team and showed that, continuing their momentum into the important stage of the season.

United remain unbeaten in their last 14 matches, winning their last eight, six of those in the Premier League. Tuesday’s encounter against Hull City in the semi-final first leg of the EFL Cup will see United trying to better their winning run ahead of the visit of Liverpool in the Premier League a week tomorrow, which should see United claw back some much-needed points in the league, helping them rise from the sixth position they have occupied throughout their winning streak in the league. United will now have to wait to see who their next opposition will be in the Emirates FA Cup, but will find out on Monday evening. Come on UNITED!

Man of the Match: Wayne Rooney

Goals: Wayne Rooney 7′, Anthony Martial 15′, Marcus Rashford 75′, 79′

Assists: Juan Mata 7′, Wayne Rooney 15′, Michael Carrick 75′

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

Substitutes Not Used: J. Pereira; Pogba, Mkhitaryan; Ibrahimovic

Bookings: Ashley Young 54′

Manchester United

20 Sergio Romero

Had very little to do against Reading for much of the match. Reading were much better late in the second half, but still nothing to thwart Romero of his clean sheet.


18 Ashley Young

Played well in the right-back position, but looked to have been struggling early on, but Rojo's injury meant he needed to continue, which he did. Was booked for a challenge and may have dived, again too.


12 Chris Smalling

Calm and composed in defence. This is the sort of match he needed to regain his confidence. Overall, played well and defended when needed, which was not for much of the match.


5 Marcos Rojo

Played well for the amount of time he was on the pitch, seemingly getting injured and being replaced by Phil Jones in the 19th minute.


17 Daley Blind

Played at left-back with Luke Shaw still trying to get match fit. Filled in well and did what was needed. Lacked pace at times.


16 Michael Carrick

When Carrick plays, United are never beaten (this season at least). One of the best players in the squad, but a replacement needs to fill the void and United could have that in Fosu-Mensah, who replaced him.


27 Marouane Fellaini

Had a good game despite not being a fans favourite. Had a few moments that could have cost United, but seemed to get through them. Resurgent going forward.


8 Juan Mata

Helped his team get in front by finding space. Unlucky not to score on a few occasions. Replaced by Schweinsteiger.


Ratings: Rooney matches record and Rashford bags a brace against Reading

Scored his 249th goal in the 7th minute of the match. Had a good game, but also found it hard to make the record his own with a few shots on goal. Might play against Hull, but more likely to face Liverpool in a weeks time.


11 Anthony Martial

Lively on and off the ball, got his goal in the 15th minute and tried to add more to his tally. The Reading defence seemed petrified by him. The Martial United had last season is back and ready to punish defenders.


19 Marcus Rashford

Had a lively presence against Reading, getting the ball in their area, getting in behind the defenders and threatening to score on a few occasions. Scored a brace in less than five minutes, one of which will annoy Al-Habsi and Moore, who both dropped clangers.



4 Phil Jones

Replaced Rojo. Did what was needed to keep Reading at bay, when they did get forward of course, which was not all that often over 90 minutes.


24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Replaced Carrick. Had a good match playing in the Carrick role. Needs more chances to fulfil his target of earning a place in Mourinho's side, which will come with more matches coming thick and fast this month.


Ratings: Rooney matches record and Rashford bags a brace against Reading

Replaced Mata. Many were glad to see the veteran Germany playing again. Did what was needed, but Reading were beaten when he came on. Could see himself back in the side more often this season.



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