Reading perspective: Dan Wimbush, The Tilehurst End.
After back-to-back defeats nobody is safe, though I'd expect to see the same back five at least. Garath McCleary might come in for Hal Robson-Kanu, and Jimmy Kebe could be in contention if he shakes off an injury. Danny Guthrie is pushing for a start after returning to training following a thigh injury. Up front, any two from Pogrebnyak, Hunt, Le Fondre and Roberts could start, but my betting would be on Roberts and Pogrebnyak.
After the euphoria of beating Everton, Reading fans have come back down to Earth after two very disappointing defeats at Wigan and Aston Villa. In both of those games we were in a position to take a least a point going into the final ten minutes, but both times came up short. We now enter a difficult December with Saturday's game the first of a month that also includes games with Manchester City and Arsenal. Points might be a tad hard to come by.
Historically we've done OK against Manchester United, with three of the last six meetings ending in draws. Brian McDermott has generally done quite well against the bigger sides so despite our poor form, you can't rule out an upset.
Sean Morrison to score at 19.00. Most of our set pieces have been aimed at the former Swindon youngster, who could get another goal.
Over 3.5 goals at 2.35. We have a knack for producing high-scoring games, and I don't see this being an exception.
Both teams to score at 1.70. While I fear we may lose the game, I certainly see us scoring. United will, too.
Score prediction: Reading 2-4 Man United (32.00)
Man United perspective: Chudi Onwuazor, The Busby Way.
Manchester United have no new injury worries ahead of their trip to Reading. Whilst Nemanja Vidic is back, he is being saved for Cluj whilst Nani, Valencia and Kagawa are all still absent. With his side already through to the next round of the Champions League, Sir Alex will be playing youngsters against FC Cluj, so expect a full strength side at the Madejeski.
Manchester United still haven’t clicked this season and which side turns up is as random as the lottery. We were dire in losing to Norwich, put in a half hearted shift against QPR and despite taking an early lead against West Ham, the expected thumping failed to materialise. One thing to be happy about is that when we go behind, we can usually find the extra gear needed to get back into the game, having done so numerous times this season.
Reading have beaten us just once, all the way back in 1927, and with just one league win this season it is unlikely they will be adding to that tally on Saturday evening. Reading failed to register a goal against United, home or away, in their last top flight appearance but have managed to frustrate us, drawing three of our last six games.
Robin van Persie to score at 1.57. The Dutchman broke a three-match scoring duck against West Ham and against Reading's defence I fancy him to carry on where he left off.
Reading to lead at half-time at 7.00. Manchester United don’t have the tightest of defences either, and have kept just two clean sheets since Nemanja Vidic got injured. It may take an early shock to wake United up, so Reading to be leading at half-time may be worth a punt.
United to win at 1.40. We haven't been at our best in recent weeks, but I fully expect us to grind out another win.
Score prediction: Reading 1-2 Man United (8.00)