A game against Middlesbrough or Chelsea awaits us if we can get past Reading tonight and thankfully we’ve had a lengthy rest following the exhausting game at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. You imagine we will see plenty of changes but with a squad as strong as ours we should have enough to deal with Reading. Both Ashley Young and Nani were available but didn’t even make the bench for Real Madrid, much to their disappointment, and Chicharito will be looking for his place back in the team, particularly after all the praise he has been getting from Sir Alex Ferguson in recent weeks.
Saying that, Reading are enjoying some decent form, with only United and Spurs picking up more points than them from the last eight games in the league. We also should be mindful of how they put us through the ringer when we played them at their place earlier this season, with us managing to leave with a 4-3 victory in the end.
Hopefully, with plenty of changes, our lads will be refreshed and looking to earn their spot in the home leg of the Real Madrid game, so doing all they can to impress the boss.
Wayne Rooney is likely to play, as he always is, but Robin van Persie said in a newspaper interview today that he hopes the manager picks him to play too, as he wants to play in every game. Anderson, who reportedly said he had looked to leave United several times, might be given a go tonight, hopefully alongside Tom Cleverley.
There’s no denying that the FA Cup is our third priority this season behind winning back our title and competing in Europe, but having gone almost ten years without lifting the trophy, the vast majority of our players have never won it, and would all relish a trip to Wembley.
It’s far too early for the silly talk of a Treble but of course we want to be competing on all levels we can, obviously to give us the best chance of silverware, but also ensure we have enough games to keep our large squad happy.
Come on United!
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