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18/02/2013, par
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Rapport : United 2 Reading 1

Second-half goals from Nani and Chicharito sent Manchester United into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after a tense, attritional victory over Reading at Old Trafford.

Brian McDermott's Royals stifled United for long periods but Nani, on for the injured Phil Jones, rifled home the opening goal after 69 minutes and superbly laid on the second just two minutes later.

Jobi McAnuff struck with 10 minutes remaining to ensure a nervy finish for the home support, but United held on to secure a last eight tie against either Middlesbrough or Chelsea.

Sir Alex Ferguson had championed the depth of the talent pool at his disposal ahead of the game, and sought to demonstrate it with eight changes to the side which fought out a draw at Real Madrid five days earlier, with only Jones, David De Gea and Danny Welbeck retaining their place.

The opening made by the much-changed Reds augured well. In little more than a minute United might have moved ahead as Chicharito's shot was blocked by Adrian Mariappa, as was Welbeck's rebound, and the ball ricocheted marginally too high for Antonio Valencia to nod into the yawning goal.

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