Preview: Manchester United vs. Reading

United striker Javier Hernandez is congratulated by Sir Alex Ferguson after his winning strike against Newcastle on December 26, 2012
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Monday evening's FA Cup fifth-round tie between Manchester United and Reading at Old Trafford.

Manchester United welcome Reading to Old Trafford in Monday night's FA Cup fifth-round tie.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 15 matches, although they did need a replay to see off West Ham United in round three.

After securing a 1-1 draw in their Champions League away leg with Real Madrid, Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to shuffle his pack somewhat.

Paul Scholes is still out with a knee injury, but the likes of Nani, Tom Cleverley and Javier Hernandez could return.

Reading, meanwhile, will be without Jason Roberts and Alex McCarthy, but have had an extended break of nine days since their last game.

The Royals are in good form too, losing just one of their last seven games.

Recent form

Manchester United: DWWWWD

Reading: LWDWWW

Possible starting lineups

Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Cleverley, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez

Reading: Federici; Kelly, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey; McCleary, Leigertwood, Akpan, McAnuff; Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre

Sports Mole says: 3-1

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson leaves the field at the final whistle after beating West Ham 1-0 during the FA Cup third round replay on January 16, 2013
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