Sir Alex Ferguson praises Manchester United quality

Opposing bosses Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian McDermott on the touchline on February 18, 2013
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Sir Alex Ferguson hails the quality of the FA Cup fifth-round tie between Manchester United and Reading, which the Red Devils won 2-1.

Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed his Manchester United side and opponents Reading for the quality on show in their FA Cup fifth-round tie at Old Trafford.

Goals from Nani and Javier Hernandez gave United a two-goal lead and despite Jobi McAnuff's reply, the Premier League leaders hung on to advance to the last eight.

Ferguson told reporters: "It was a good Cup tie. It ended up a really good Cup tie when they got the goal and had a really good go at it.

"When they got the goal, they then got the ball in the box. We withstood that and I think when you analyse it, we played some great football and should have scored a lot of goals tonight.

"We missed some chances but there were shots saved and I'm really satisfied with the quality of the game."

United will face holders Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the competition, if the Blues can overcome Middlesbrough in their fifth-round clash on February 27.

United winger Nani celebrates opening the scoring against Reading on February 18, 2013
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