Player Ratings: Man Utd 4-0 Reading
Manchester United cruised into the fourth round of this season’s FA Cup with a 4-0 victory over Championship side Reading at Old Trafford this afternoon.
The Red Devils had this game wrapped up inside 15 minutes with goals from Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial as José Mourinho’s were convincing throughout. Marcus Rashford added a brace in the final 15 minutes as the final scoreline was a fair reflection of United’s performance.
United have now won eight consecutive games in all competitions.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Manchester United 4-0 Reading:
Sergio Romero 6 – Denied Garath McClearly on the hour with his legs but otherwise wasn’t involved this afternoon.
Ashley Young 8 – Offered good width down the right wing as Manchester United dominated possession and territory. Did pick up a yellow card for a late foul early in the second half but otherwise a comfortable game defending.
Chris Smalling 8 – Blocked an 18-yard effort from Yann Kermogant midway through the second half as Manchester United took their foot off the gas at that point. Otherwise Reading offered very little threat to the Premier League side.
Marcos Rojo N/A – Replaced by Phil Jones after only 18 minutes due to injury.
Daley Blind 8 – Garath McCleary didn’t have much success against the Dutch international. Daley Blind didn’t push too forward in this game and played a few long balls up from his own half.
Michael Carrick 8 – Comfortable possession game in the middle of the park. Substitute John Swift gave Michael Carrick some defensive work to do in the final half hour. Earlier found time and space on the edge of the Reading penalty area to draw a save out of Ali Al-Habsi. Excellent assist for Rashford’s goal.
Marouane Fellaini 7 – Will wonder how he didn’t get on the scoresheet in the final 10 minutes. Comfortable game for the Belgian defensively and didn’t get involved in the attacks until very late.
Juan Mata 9 – Will be disappointed not to have got among the goalscorers but an excellent game from the Spaniard who ripped the Reading defence apart with his passing.
Wayne Rooney 10 – Superb performance terrorising the Reading defence by the Manchester United club captain who helped himself to a goal and assist in the opening 15 minutes. Wayne Rooney equaled Sir Bobby Charlton’s club record of 249 goals in all competitions by kneeing home Juan Mata’s effort inside five minutes. Tested Ali Al-Habsi a couple more times and created more chances for his teammates too.
Anthony Martial 9 – Excellent first half from the French forward playing on the left wing, running at the Reading defence, creating chances for both teammates and himself. Anthony Martial was greatly involved in United’s opener before poking home the second to kill the game off inside the opening 15 minutes. Wasn’t as lively after half-time but still a threat when he had the ball at his feet and going up against the Championship side’s defence.
Marcus Rashford 9 – Made some good runs, got in good positions and finally got on the scoresheet in the final quarter-of-an-hour, finishing past Ali Al-Habsi one-on-one and then gfted a second by the goalkeeper. Marcus Rashford’s movement caused Reading no end of problems. Missed an open net from a tight angle after round the the Championship side’s goalkeeper and was denied a tap-in by an excellent interception from Joey van den Berg before making it 3-0. Gifted a second shortly afterwards after Al-Habsi miskicked a backpass.
Phil Jones (72 mins) 8 – Replaced an injured Rojo early on and was solid in defence, making a couple of interceptions and not allowing Reading a sight on goal.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (14 mins) N/A – Brought on to receive a large ovation for the supporters in what was only the German’s second appearance for Manchester United so far this season.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (14 mins) N/A – Late run out for the youngster.
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