Premiership giants Manchester United travel to promoted Reading looking for their 5th premiership win in 6 games. United lost their 100 % record last Sunday when they were beaten by a late Adebayor strike. Apart from that blemish, the season has been quite encouraging for Fergie’s boys. Equal on points with London rivals Chelsea, the Red Devils just can’t afford to slip up in this game of David vs Goliath at the famous Madjeski stadium.
United’s defence will be boosted by the return of Nemanja Vidic but Gabriel Heinze still is a long term absentee. In the middle of the park, Fergie has options galore with tenacious striker-turned-midfielder Alan Smith back in action. But the left side of midfield is a problem again, with Giggs and Park both out with injuries. Louis Saha has been nothing short of sensational this season, and he will be expected to pump in the goals, especially with Rooney not in the greatest of form and fitness. Tomasz Kuzcsak saved a penalty against Arsenal, but he might lose his spot to VanDer Sar if the latter is fully fit. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has once again struck a chord with the United faithful and “the baby-faced assassin” may play on the problematic left-side of midfield given his excellent goalscoring record.
Steve Coppell is on a high. Reading have won their last two Premier League games and most importantly have got 9 points to show for their struggles. Entertaining Manchester United will always be a tough ask for the newly-promoted outfit and they are plagued with injuries to Aaron Brown , Sam Sodje and Dave Kitson. South Korean Seol and left-winger Bobby Convey have been really impressive in the games so far and they will have to come up with a stellar performance against the Devils. Leading the line will be temperamental striker Leroy Lita.
My Verdict: Back to business for United. A hard-fought win though. Reading will be no pushovers. United to score two. Saha to help himself with a brace !!