After half-time Reading continued to dominate possession and chances but could not find a way back into the match, finishing with just five shots on target from 13 in total.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took responsibility for Manchester United's lacklustre display against Reading after admitting his team selection had made the task more hard. It far from a ideal performance and he will be annoyed to have only scored one goal, but his ability to take one of the two good chances he had was ultimately the difference between the two side. Months of misery and depression have come to an end following the departure of Jose Mourinho and as we roll into 2019 there is a new wave of optimism at the club.
Romelu Lukaku is looking forward to the trip. There will be a few changes and they'll get a chance.
"I still have pictures in my mind every January, the gaffer (Ferguson) with the stopwatch and he times us - all of those runs", Solskjaer recalled.
A club statement explained: 'Paul Pogba has not completely recovered from the knock he sustained against Newcastle and stayed back for treatment. Understandably, then, United were playing with the full extent of their abilities - but there were still some reasons to worry.
23' - GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Reading (Mata). Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot will occupy the full-back positions.
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Perhaps if it wasn't for a rather lucky opening goal, Manchester United might've ended up sharing the spoils or worse, losing the game.
"And of course, it's about trophies - if you can get to the final of the FA Cup and get a trophy".
The 19-year-old winger appeared from the bench on the hour mark to finally make his long-awaited official debut for the Red Devils.
United moved their signing section into the part of the stadium usually reserved for away fans in an effort to improve the atmosphere and it seemed to work.
Solskjaer is focusing on FA Cup progress against Reading, who are second from bottom of the Championship.
Yiadom pulled a spectacular save from United's Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the first half after firing from 20 yards.
"United's players look motivated and inspired".