Manchester United vs Reading predictions and football betting tips for the FA Cup third round tie where Man United are on TV once again.
Can Jaap Stam cause an upset on his long awaited return to Old Trafford? The Dutchman returns as Reading boss after leaving Manchester United in 2001. The Royals have been in fantastic form in the Championship, could they pull off a shock here?
There’s every chance that this will be a league fixture next term, with Reading riding high in the second tier. Stam has managed to inspire his side to a promotion push, so they’ll have ambitions of making a return to Old Trafford next season. With that in mind, you have to wonder just how big a priority the FA Cup will be for them.
Manchester United will take this competition seriously, as Jose Mourinho always does. He tends to field strong sides in the FA Cup, despite winning it once in five seasons in England. We can see him making a statement here by naming a strong side. We’re backing Marcus Rashford to be part of that after an impressive few weeks, and we’re backing the young forward to score any time at 7/6 with 888Sport for our first Man United vs Reading prediction.
United have won seven straight games, keeping four clean sheets in that run. They should be able to manage a victory and a shutout against Championship opposition. With the Red Devils in form, we’re backing them to win to nil for our second Man United vs Reading betting tip. That’s priced at 10/11 with Bet Victor, and it could get your Saturday bets off to a winning start.
Manchester United’s only injury doubt here is Wayne Rooney, which could see Zlatan Ibrahimovic start in his place. Eric Bailly is out of this clash, as he’s travelling to the African Cup of Nations. Meanwhile, Reading are missing Stephen Quinn and Deniss Rakels for this trip. The Royals are expected to play their strongest side, which includes former United defenders Tyler Blackett and Paul McShane.
Manchester United have won five of their last six meetings with Reading, while the visitors have an awful record at Old Trafford. Their only win here came in 1927, they’ve lost 10 of their 14 visits since. Can they turn that poor run around on Saturday?
United are 1/5 favourites with Coral, and that’s more than justified. There’s little risk of the holders playing a weakened team and struggling in this game. This should be a comfortable win for the Red Devils, while it will be a tough return for Jaap Stam. We’re backing a 2-0 win for the hosts here, which is priced at 5/1 with Betfair and completes our FA Cup betting tips for this Old Trafford clash.
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Marcus Rashford to score – 7/6 with 888Sport: treble odds first bet.
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