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Monday 18 February 2013

FA Cup: Anderson wary of Reading threat

Manchester United take on the Royals at Old Trafford in FA Cup fifth-round tie

  • Anderson scored the first Man Utd goal in the 4-3 victory over Reading in December

Manchester United midfielder Anderson insists his side are taking nothing for granted when they host Reading in the final FA Cup contest of the weekend on Monday night.

The two sides meet at Old Trafford for a place in the quarter-finals and with memories of United’s thrilling 4-3 win over Reading in the Barclays Premier League still fresh in the mind, Anderson is preparing for a difficult contest.

"There are no easy matches," the 24-year-old told the club's website. "Everyone has to do their job and play well if we are to get through.

"Every game you need to be at your best mentally and physically"
Brian McDermott

"Every team that comes to Old Trafford plays like it's their last game – that's how important a match at Old Trafford against United is to other teams. That makes it hard for us, but we know we have the quality to beat any team."

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson may bring in Javier Hernandez, Ashley Young and Nani to his squad while defender Nemanja Vidic could also be recalled.

Reading, meanwhile, are waiting on the fitness of midfielders Jimmy Kebe and Mikele Leigertwood although forwards Adam Le Fondre and Noel Hunt are back in contention after coming off the bench in last week's Barclays Premier League defeat at Stoke.

The Royals have lost only one of their last five Barclays Premier League matches and are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the third time in four years.

"Going into a game like this we have to be brave," manager Brian McDermott told the club's website. "We have to get the details right, we have to see decisions go our way and of course we have to play well.

"If those things come together you give yourselves a chance of getting a result. Every game you need to be at your best mentally and physically. Manchester United have been winning leagues, winning cups and competing in the Champions League for years.

"They're used to this situation at the top end. We watched their game with Real Madrid as a staff the other night, it was football at the top level, fantastic to watch, great players and what football is all about."

FA Cup quarter-final draw

Oldham Athletic or Everton v Wigan Athletic
Manchester City v Barnsley
Manchester United or Reading v Middlesbrough or Chelsea
Millwall v Blackburn Rovers
(ties to take place on 9/10 March)

FA Cup fourth round replay result

Sunday 17 February
Chelsea 4-0 Brentford

FA Cup fifth round results/fixture

Sunday 17 February
Manchester City 4-0 Leeds United
Huddersfield Town 1-4 Wigan Athletic

Saturday 16 February
Luton 0-3 Millwall
Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
MK Dons 1-3 Barnsley
Oldham Athletic 2-2 Everton

Monday 18 February
Manchester United
v Reading (8pm)

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Key Points

  • Manchester United face Reading in Monday night's FA Cup contest
  • Teams looking to book a place in the last eight
  • Javier Hernandez could return for Man Utd