Manchester United v Reading betting tips

Aside from Tottenham winning at Old Trafford in September, Manchester United have been typically flawless at home this season and Sir Alex Ferguson will have been well pleased with this fifth round FA Cup draw which pits his team against Reading.

The Red Devils did an excellent job at the Bernabeu on Wednesday when drawing 1-1 with Real Madrid and the players will now be recovering before attempting to land United a place in the quarter final of a competition which they haven’t won on too many occasions recently.

As you might expect, the Premier League leaders are very short to win this match and BetVictor are being most generous with their 1/4 quote about United beating the Royals, although it would take a hefty bankroll to make much profit at those odds.

It might also be the case that Ferguson entrusts the likes of Javier Hernandez, Paul Scholes and Tom Cleverley with the task of steering the Red Devils towards a potential treble this season, with Robin van Persie having been rested for previous rounds and replays.

Chicharito rarely lets his manager down and odds of 4/1 (bet365) about him scoring first in this match look attractive, while Antonio Valencia is surprisingly big at 12/1 (Ladbrokes) considering he could play in an advanced position for this particular game.

As for Reading, they have a fighting chance of Premier League survival after a recent resurgence although Brian McDermott will want his team to serve it up at Old Trafford rather than defend for their lives and try to scramble a replay.

We might see a bright performance from the Berkshire side based on the fact that there is no pressure on the visitors and odds of 12/1 are available that they pull off a surprise win in this match.

Perhaps Adam Le Fondre will enjoy a rare start for the Royals and the recently-crowned player of the month for January might be ready to pounce on any defensive lapse at the back, with the former Rotherham man a 14/1 chance with Ladbrokes to score first.

This is the sort of game where both teams will have a crack at scoring a few goals and we should note that there was a crazy match between the sides earlier in the season when United came from behind twice to win 4-3 at the Madejski Stadium.

Odds of 125/1 are available that United win 4-3 again and a 4-2 victory can be backed at 50/1 (Coral), with the Red Devils always prone to conceding the odd goal during a season where they have come from behind on so many occasions.