Rooney, Van Persie start: Manchester United v Reading Live scores, blogging

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MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will lead the Manchester United attack in today’s Barclays Premier League clash against the struggling Reading at Old Trafford.

Live Manchester United v Reading Scores And Updates

1:23 pm

FULL-TIME: Manchester United 1-0 Reading

1:21 pm

Man Utd are 90-seconds away from going 15 points clear at the top of EPL

1:17 pm

Five-minutes of added time to be played

1:15 pm

UPDATE: Man Utd 1-0 Reading – 89 mins

12:59 pm

Michael Carrick is getting ready to come on for Man Utd, as Reading continue to threaten

12:56 pm

Reading getting ready to make a double change – 70 mins

12:51 pm

CLOSE! Robin van Persie with a well taken free-kick, but the keeper is equal to the shot with a save – 64 mins

12:48 pm

No changes yet for either sides on the one hour mark

12:46 pm

Jem Karacan is down after clashing with Alexander Buttner – 58 mins

12:43 pm

Man United have been very sloppy and a goal by Reading would be a wake up. Passing and moving from both sides have been short of spectacular. 

12:39 pm

Michael Carrick is already warming up, as Man Utd need some energy in midfield. Ferguson surely has to look to go back to his wingers as the current style is comfortable for Reading to handle.

12:35 pm

Reading have started the brighter of the two sides here in the second half – 48 mins

12:33 pm

Second Half is underway

12:17 pm

HALF-TIME: Man Utd 1-0 Reading

12:15 pm

One-added minutes to the first half 45-minutes

12:14 pm

Reading have already put the goal behind them and starting to play with more confidence as they seek to hit Man Utd on the counter – 44 mins

12:07 pm

Reading maybe down a goal, but the travelers have certainly stifled Man United here in the opening 37 minutes of this contest

12:05 pm

Rio Ferdinand is having an outstanding game. No wonder why England has recalled him for national duties

12:03 pm

CLOSE! Good move by Garath McCleary, who just came close to getting Reading’s equaliser – 32 mins

12:01 pm

UPDATE: Man Utd 1-0 Reading: Other than the goal the game has been a quiet one – 30 mins

11:56 am

Despite the goal Reading are certainly having their share of the ball, but lacking the final creative pass to trouble the leaders

11:54 am

Man United have the lead, but have yet to get out of first gear. Sir Alex surely will want his team to push on from here

11:53 am

Great run by Ferdinand and his pass fell to Rooney who saw his shot deflected off a defender and over the keeper’s head

11:52 am

GOAL Man Utd 1-0 Reading (Wayne Rooney – 21 mins)

11:51 am

Man United slowly upping the tempo now and as the seek the opener – 20 mins

11:48 am

SHOT! Some nice passing by Man United and Welbeck with the final, but climbed high and wide – 18 mins

11:45 am

CHANCE! Ashley Young with a shot on target, but just went wide of the mark. Lovely pass from Rio Ferdinand – 15 mins

11:43 am

Poor by Rooney and easily cleared by Reading’s backline

11:43 am

Free-kick to Manchester United 13 mins

11:41 am

Manchester United are yet to get settle down, while Reading are doing a very good job keeping their shape and getting behind the ball

11:38 am

UPDATE: Man Utd 0-0 Reading – No goals as yet in the contest – 8 mins

11:32 am

Cross by Ashley Young is over everyone and goes out for the goal kick – 2 mins

11:30 am

Game underway and crowd already getting into the contest

11:29 am

Robin van Persie hasn’t scored in six games, but did net the winner in the 4-3 EPL win for Man United when they last met in the league.

11:27 am

Reading enter the game on a five game losing streak and will find it hard to improve that result tonight.

11:26 am

Teams are in the tunnel and getting ready to come onto the pitch for today’s clash.

11:22 am

Kick-off is almost here. Alex Ferguson says “the mind set is only to win the game today” not about the lead.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has also handed starting places to Chris Smalling at right-back and Alexander Buttner at left-back, with Rafael and Patrice Evra both left out of the squad completely.

Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, who returns to the starting line-up have been partnered to play at centre-back, while Ryan Giggs also starts for the Barclays Premier League leaders.

Anderson, Danny Welbeck, and Ashley Young have also been handed starting places, with Michael Carrick, Nick Powell, Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez amongst the substitutes.

A win for Manchester United would see them going 15 points clear at the top of the EPL standings, after defending champions and second place Manchester City were beaten 2-0 at Everton in the earlier game.

Meanwhile, Reading make three changes to the side that lost to Aston Villa in the last outing with Jem Karacan, Nicky Shorey and Garath McCleary coming in to start.

Manchester United v Reading Team Starting XI

Manchester United: De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Buttner; Welbeck, Giggs, Anderson, Young; Rooney, van Persie.
Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Valencia, Hernandez, Carrick, Powell, Kagawa.

Reading: Taylor, Shorey, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Hunt.
Subs: McCarthy, Gunter, Harte, Morrison, Akpan, Blackman, Le Fondre

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