While it was not their finest performance of the season by any stretch of the imagination, the home side got the job done thanks to a deflected goal from Wayne Rooney during the first half.
You can find out how the match unfolded with our minute-by-minute commentary below.
MAN UNITED: Evans, Valencia, Lindegaard, Chicharito, Carrick, Powell, Kagawa
READING: McCarthy, Gunter, Harte, Morrison, Akpan, Blackman, Le Fondre
"We've got a couple of tough games coming up next and we need to do the best we can," Pearce told the Reading Chronicle. "If we go [to Old Trafford] and put on a proper team performance you never know what might happen."