Man Utd v Reading FA Cup betting preview and tips

13:30 Sat 05 Jan
FA Cup
Tip: 1 Asian Hcp -2
Units: 4/5
Odds: -167

Manchester United have enjoyed a new lease of life since Jose Mourinho was sacked, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reinstating players such as Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly who were effectively cast into the shadow by the Norwegian’s predecessor.

The Red Devils enjoyed festive wins over Cardiff, Newcastle and Bournemouth which gave their top four hopes a timely boost, with United now able to enjoy a home FA Cup tie against Championship opposition.

Solksjaer will clearly use this clash to provide game time for players on the fringe of the squad and that includes Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian and Andreas Pereira.

Romelu Lukaku has also recently returned from injury and the United squad look strong now that Mourinho has left the club, with Pogba particularly motivated and he’s at the heart of everything that United do moving forward.

As for Reading, this could be the season where the Royals go down to League One and it would be just two seasons after narrowly missing out to promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs.

Paul Clement didn’t last too long at the Madjeski Stadium and perhaps Jose Manuel Gomes isn’t going to stick around for many months either, with the Berkshire club currently sitting 23rd in the table.

This is a free hit for a team like Reading and they will enjoy going to Old Trafford although the chance of an upset appears to be minute considering they haven’t won any of their previous nine matches.

At the time of writing, the team have scored just one goal in their past five matches and this is an opportunity for United to make some headway in a competition that they won last season.

The players clearly enjoy operating for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his attack-minded approach has got the fans onside, with a high-scoring win set to be on the cards.

Man Utd Asian Hcp -2 @ 1.60 (3/5) with bet365