Man Utd team news vs Reading: Manchester United will aim to build upon their impressive run in the FA Cup game against Reading.
Solskjaer has had a brilliant start at Manchester United. The side cruised to victory in all the four games under his charge, scoring 14 goals.
Manchester United scored five goals in his debut game as caretaker manager, which was the first time the side reached as many league goals in a game since Sir Alex Ferguson’s farewell game.
With four successive wins, Manchester United have reduced the gap with fifth-placed Arsenal to three points. The side is now six points behind fourth place in the league table, currently held by Chelsea.
Solskjaer’s men will now take on Reading in their FA Cup opener on Saturday. In the pre-match conference for the game, the interim manager provided an update on his team.
Man Utd team news vs Reading:
The game against Newcastle saw the return of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez. While the Belgian forward scored the goal with his very first touch after being subbed on, Alexis Sanchez registered an assist as he came on as a substitute.
Both the players are yet to get their first starts under Solskjaer, but the Norwegian manager confirmed that the duo will be in his starting XI for the FA Cup clash.
OGS confirms Paul Pogba a doubt for @ManUtd game v Reading due to ‘knock’ sustained in challenge by Jonjo Shelvey. Says Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez will start.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 4, 2019
Expect rest for Rashford, Pogba, Matic, Herrera, Shaw, Lindelof, De Gea at least against Reading. And good game time for Lukaku, Sanchez, Fred, Pereira, Dalot, Romero, Angel Gomes, Greenwood etc. Interesting to see what lineup is selected and subs #MUFC #MUNREA
— Rohan Tondulkar (@TondulkarR) January 4, 2019
“There’ll be a few changes and they’ll get a chance,” Solskjaer began.
“Some of them are itching now to play of course – Lukaku and Sanchez will start, that’s important for them because they need more game time.”
Paul Pogba, however, is most likely out-of-contention for the match after the manager informed that he picked up a knock in the match against Newcastle. Rojo and Smalling remain absent.
“Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling are out,” said Solskajer.
Ole confirms that Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez will get the starts they need tomorrow. Rojo and Smalling still injured, Pogba doubtful. Fellaini will train today before a decision is made on his fitness. #MUFC
— Kris Voakes (@krisvoakes) January 4, 2019
Ole: “There’ll be a few changes to the team and they’ll get a chance. Some of them are itching now to play of course, get Lukaku a start, get Sanchez a start, that’s important for them because they need more game time.” #mufc [MEN]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) January 4, 2019
“I’m not sure if Paul’s going to be ready, he got a knock against Newcastle. If Marouane Fellaini gets through the session today, it’s more or less a full squad.”
Manchester United youngsters, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood & James Garner will be in contention to face Reading.
After the game against Reading, Manchester United will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the league next weekend.