Early team news: Man United v Reading | Emirates FA Cup fourth round


Royals boss Ince has admitted his players have been flying in training, in a bid to get into the XI at Old Trafford.

Right-back Kelvin Abrefa should be available again but experienced striker Andy Carroll, the former England international, faces a race against time to be ready after hurting his ankle. It may transpire that he is not back leading the line until the start of next month. Sam Hutchinson (Achilles), Liam Moore (hamstring) and Naby Sarr (foot) have also been on the injured list, and Dejan Tetek is another absentee.

“We’re always a threat from set-pieces,” warned Ince. “Cup games are different, you raise your game 20 or 30 per cent and you’re hoping every player who plays raises their standard. That’s how you get giant-killings.

“I always felt this was a bit of a distraction. Our priority is to stay in this league and it has not been easy. Training has been great this week and everybody has been running about like they have never before, so choosing an XI won’t be easy. Any performance will help us going into the Watford game [in the Championship].”


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