Casemiro scored a brilliant goal before Fred bravely flicked home as Manchester United’s Brazilian star shone in an FA Cup win over Reading. on Saturday evening
Erik ten Hag made a surprisingly one change for a seemingly straightforward fourth assignment. which his faction had been working hard in the Old Trafford at first
But second-half samba magic in the rain gave United a 3-1 victory on the night at Amadou. Mbenge grabs Reading for consolation after Andy Carroll was fired.
Marcus Rashford saw the goal ruled out for offside in the opening minutes. That left United frustrated with 15 shots and nearly trailing Junior Hoilett to catch Tyrell Malacia just before halftime.
But Antony’s superb defensive split pass allowed Casemiro’s countryman to pass beautifully past goalkeeper Joe Lumley early in the second half.
The former Real Madrid midfielder followed up with a 30-yard shot which was added to a daring flick by Fred. Brazilian teammates
Former Liverpool striker Carroll was ordered to march shortly before Third United and Reading fans were able to celebrate Mbenge’s goal when Paul’s team Ince ended brightly.
The result means that United’s Old Trafford clash with rivals Leeds can be played on February 8, one of eight matches they face in a tight month.
Next month will conclude with a Carabao Cup trophy-laden run following Wednesday’s 3-0 semi-final first leg draw against Nottingham Forest, leaving Tain’s options at stake. Haag is more noticeable.
Harry Maguire comes on for Lisandro. Martinez in one change from winning the City Ground and United dominated the ball throughout the one-sided first half.
Wout Weghhorst’s home debut saw a clever flick blocked and a narrow 20-yard free-kick from Christian Eriksen.
Another chance from a set-piece soon followed. And Lumley did well to parry Rashford’s ferocious shot that was in form. Eriksen’s trailing efforts were thwarted.
Antony missed an effort on either side of Tom Holmes’ block at just the right moment, which prevented Weghorst from making a melee attack during the turn.
Eriksen was denied another important Holmes block, with Bruno Fernandes curling over the goal as the attack continued.
United finally opened the scoring in the 35th minute, only VAR could intervene.
Rashford met Weghorst’s header that looped back over goal with a headed effort that Lumley couldn’t prevent from crossing the line. But the target person had advanced in formation.
Casemiro viewed the penalty appeal as deaf as United finished the half with Reading’s 15 shots to two. That satisfaction, though, made Hoilett almost score.
Malacia was caught taking a nap. The Canadian player holds in front of him to dodge a shot from close range. which David de Gea previously denied
The chances in stoppage time went completely against the play, and United finally stepped up their attack in the 54th minute.
Anthony glide past Casemiro brilliantly. who expertly kept his cool to lift above Lumley in front of the swaying Stratford End.
The 30-year-old pointed to his compatriot during the celebrations praising his assist. But four minutes later, there was no need to share the love.
Little did Fred know that Casemiro would meet his dismissal with a stunning first strike from 30 yards that crossed Lumley and set into the bottom corner.
It was a fine drive and Carroll was sent off for the second bookable offense for Casemiro’s late challenge in the 65th minute, ending the glimmer of hope for a comeback.
United were playing in chains and substitute Fred was inspired by his Brazilian roots when meeting Fernandes’ near-post cross with a fine flick minutes later.
Reading pulled one game back in the 72nd minute when Mbenke scored a free header from a corner. And Ince’s team opened additional slots which they failed to exploit.
Alejandro Carnacho looks to add shine to United But there must be no additional doors.