Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam will be looking to write his own FA Cup fairytale when he takes his Reading side to Old Trafford on Saturday for their Third Round tie.
The Dutchman spent three seasons with The Red Devils, playing his part in the club’s famous treble in 1998/1999 and an Old Trafford FA Cup giant-killing with Reading would be the perfect gift for Stam.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is likely to field a strong line up against The Royals with captain Wayne Rooney set to lead the side although there is expected to be a rotation of the goalkeepers to allow Argentine keeper Sergio Romero to have some much needed game time.
The Red Devils go into the match with no new injury concerns following Monday’s 2-0 victory over West Ham United.
Reading arrive at ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ without Finnish keeper Anssi Jaakkola who has a knee injury while midfielders Callum Harriott and Stephen Quinn are also sidelined by injury. Latvian striker Deniss Rakels could be available for selection although the player is unlikely to earn an instant recall to the starting line up.
FA Cup holders Manchester United have an excellent recent record in the competition and will provide opponents Reading with a huge challenge in front of the live television cameras at Old Trafford.