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Old Trafford (ATT 75,605) 16th March 2013 - Kick off 17:30

Man Utd Manchester United vs Reading Reading

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W Rooney (21)


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  1. Manchester United move 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win which keeps managerless Reading in deep relegation trouble. A deflected, first-half Rooney goal secured the victory as Sir Alex Ferguson's side capitalised on Manchester City's loss at Everton earlier on Saturday. Defeat means there is no quick-fix for Reading following the controversial sacking of Brian McDermott in the week and they remain seven points from safety. Stay with us for all the post-match reaction.

  2. 90 + 5


  3. 90 + 4

    Chance for Van Persie from Kagawa's cross on the right. But Van Persie's overhead kick is high over the crossbar from six yards.

  4. 90 + 3

    This really has been a game to quickly forget. It has been played at the tempo of a pre-season friendly. United are holding the ball in the Reading corner.

  5. 90 + 2

    Ferdinand hits the ball long to Welbeck, who takes a whack from Mariappa when challenging for the ball in the air.

  6. 90 + 1

    United are now simply trying to keep the ball and from a throw-in in the Reading half play the ball back to Ferdinand.

  7. 90

    ADDED TIME: There will be a minimum of five minutes added time before the final whistle.

  8. 89

    The rumours is there will be five minutes of stoppage time after all the injuries and substitutions.

  9. 88

    Before the corner, Reading send on the tall and powerful Morrison in place of Kelly. Morrison gets his head to the ball but nods wide of the target.

  10. 87

    There are now a lot of empty seats at Old Trafford. This game has had the feeling of being over for a long time. But Reading win a corner on the left.

  11. 86

    Kagawa comes on for Anderson, who had a steady if not spectacular game.

  12. 85

    Rooney smashes an effort just over the crossbar after being found on the edge of the box by a first-time lay-off from Welbeck, who had been fed in by Giggs. It is a nice move and Rooney's shot only just goes over the crossbar.

  13. 84

    Giggs again causes problems from the next corner with a good bit of trickery. Reading just about survive from the resulting corner.

  14. 83

    Giggs plays a short corner and is then able to drift into the box. His deflected cross-shot has to be palmed behind for another corner by Taylor.

  15. 82

    Blackman has put himself about since coming on but Reading have lacked quality in important areas today.

  16. 81

    Blackman then fouls Ferdinand and gives United a free-kick just on the edge of their own box. De Gea hits the set-piece long and up field.

  17. 80

    Reading win another throw-in in quick succession down the left before Blackman then crosses. But Rooney, back in his own penalty area, heads clear.

  18. 79

    Blackman puts Vidic under pressure inside his own penalty area and the centre-back has to hack the ball out for a throw-in on the left.

  19. 78

    Giggs advances down the left but his cross is cut out at the near post. United remain on the attack but Rooney fires over the crossbar.

  20. 77

    United look as if they are happy to see out the remaining 13 minutes plus stoppage time with this one-goal advantage.

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