Manchester United vs Reading Prediction & Match Preview

Manchester United vs Reading
English FA Cup
Date: 28 January 2023, Saturday
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).

Manchester United will continue their busy schedule on Saturday evening when they play host to Championship side Reading in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are enormous favorites and we would be surprised to witness any other scenario but their comprehensive victory this weekend.

The match against such an opposition will provide Erik ten Hag’s men with an ideal opportunity to rebound from the recent slip-ups against Crystal Palace and Arsenal.

Nevertheless, the Dutch manager can still be thrilled with the job he has done with this team since taking charge.

The Red Devils have looked phenomenal after the World Cup break as they went on an eight-win streak before conceding the last-gasp equalizer at Selhurst Park ten days ago.

United will fancy their chances of producing loads in the final third here against Reading who have been leaking goals with ease of late.

The Royals have the third-worst defensive line in the Championship this season. They conceded 42 goals in 28 league matches so far in the season.

This is enough to keep them at the 14th position in the league ladder after a streak of four consecutive outings without a victory.

It is also worth noting that the Royals have just suffered a demolishing 4-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke City last weekend at bet365 Stadium.

Manchester United vs Reading Head-to-head

  • Manchester United have been the dominant force in the history of this matchup with eight wins and three draws in the last eleven encounters with Reading.
  • These two teams last met each other three days ago in the FA Cup when Man Utd claimed a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford.
  • Reading have failed to find the back of the net in each of the previous three meetings with Manchester United.

Manchester United vs Reading Prediction

The gulf in quality between these two outfits is huge. Manchester United have been very tough to break down after the World Cup break and we expect them to keep things quiet defensively here against the Royals.

The main bet is Manchester United to win to nil at the odds of 1.80. Also, this is exactly the kind of match in which youngsters like Alejandro Garnacho could thrive. We will back the Argentinean wide forward to score anytime on Saturday at the odds of 3.10.

Manchester United vs Reading Betting Tips

  • Manchester United to win to nil @ 1.80 (4/5)
  • Alejandro Garnacho to score anytime @ 3.10 (21/10) odd.