Solskjaer maintains perfect start as United win FA Cup tie

2-0 flatters us because I think they played some great stuff, then again we could have had three or four towards the end.

Strengthening United's defence during the January transfer window would seem to be a shrewd move.

"The structure here is phenomenal, I'm sure they've got their targets".

"I think maybe when he gets another few games under his belt, he would have finished a little bit earlier on in the first half".

"He asks me a lot and I try to pay off (that work) with goals".

On Saturday they meet again in the FA Cup, but on opposing sides as O'Shea - now with Reading - returns to Old Trafford for their third round tie.

Liverpool, the Premier League leaders, play Wolves in an all-top flight clash at Anfield on Monday.

The Norwegian won the trophy in 1999 and 2004 as a player with United and is keen to succeed in the competition as a manager. Yes, if he had caught his slightly differently it could have caused Paul Pogba serious injury, but it didn't.

Solksjaer made nine changes from their win over Newcastle United on Wednesday, with only Phil Jones and Juan Mata keeping their places.

There may also be some young faces on the bench - Solskjaer is well attuned with the traditions of the club in terms of giving youth a chance - and we've taken a stab at predicting his heavily-rotated starting 11...

United's FA Cup campaign begins against Championship strugglers Reading with Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku set to earn their first starts of the Solskjaer era. "He got a knock against Newcastle". Marcus Rashford is certainly playing with confidence running through his veins and Romelu Lukaku is also back in the goals, but there is one star who is growing into his role at the club in eye catching fashion.

There was a chance after 30 minutes when Lukaku may have fancied himself to score, but the Belgian could not get the ball out from his feet and the opportunity eventually went was Reading clearing. Some of them are itching now to play of course.

"VAR, VAR, VAR" chanted United fans playfully when Andy Yiadom handled a Sanchez cross soon after, with Lukaku seeing an effort denied after bursting through as the home side looked to extend their advantage.

  • Stacy Allen