Penalty king eyes United debut

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Reading's Andre Bikey hopes to follow up his penalty shoot-out success against Darlington, with a first Premiership start against Manchester United this weekend.

The 21-year-old Cameroon international scored the decisive spot-kick to hand The Royals passage through to the Carling Cup third round after Darlington had forced a 3-3 draw at The Madejski Stadium.

Though he concedes a start against The Red Devils is unlikely, the summer signing is hoping to make manager Steve Coppell's matchday 16 to face boyhood heroes United.

"The team is playing well and there is no need to change but the manager knows I have the capacity to play in The Premiership. I am ready to play but if I have to wait then I will," said Bikey.

"I can't say whether I will play against Manchester United but I know I will get my opportunity at some point.

"When I was a boy I supported Manchester United because they won the Champions League in 1999. They played very well and beat Bayern Munich.

"I knew about them before that but after that game everything changed for me. I remember the game so well. Manchester were losing until the end but scored two goals right at the end."

Despite Reading's fine start to their maiden top flight campaign - the club have claimed three wins from their first five matches - Coppell believes the lapses evident against Darlington prove much of his squad are still acclimatising to life at Reading.

"We have still got fellows who are living out of a hotel and it takes time for everybody to settle in and play our way. It is asking a lot for them to slot in so quickly," said Coppell

"We obviously have an awful lot of work to do with some of the players just to show them our ways."