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Manchester United 2 Reading 1: match report – Javier Hernandez and Nani score

Manchester United 2 Reading 1: Clinical Nani and Hernandez see off brave Royals

PUBLISHED:

21:56 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 18 February 2013

Manchester United were made to sweat after Jobi McAnuff scored a late Reading goal after the hosts had gone two goals up.

After relentless pressure, Sir Alex Ferguson's men finally scored on 69 minutes when Nani struck from an Antonio Valencia pass.

Javier Hernandez scored United's second just three minutes after the opener, but McAnuff coolly slotted past David de Gea to make things interesting for the final ten minutes.

Near post: Javier Hernandez nodded the ball past Adam Federici to put the Reds 2-0 up

Near post: Javier Hernandez nodded the ball past Adam Federici to put the Reds 2-0 up

Breached: Nani finally opened the scoring for Manchester United at Old Trafford

Breached: Nani finally opened the scoring for Manchester United at Old Trafford

MATCH FACTS

Manchester United: De Gea, Jones (Nani 42), Smalling, Vidic, Buttner, Valencia, Anderson (Carrick 84), Young (Van Persie 64), Cleverley, Hernandez, Welbeck

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Kagawa

Goals: Nani 69, Hernandez 72

Reading: Federici, Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison, Kelly, Karacan, Leigertwood (Guthrie 63), McAnuff, Le Fondre, Hunt, McCleary (Robson-Kanu 70)

Subs not used: Andersen, Gunter, Pearce, Daniel Carrico, Pogrebnyak

Goal: McAnuff 81

Referee: Andre Marriner

More to follow…

Wheeling away: Nani came off the bench for Phil Jones in the first half

Wheeling away: Nani came off the bench for Phil Jones in the first half

Fist pump: Sir Alex Ferguson gestures to the home crowd as he makes his way out after half-time

Fist pump: Sir Alex Ferguson gestures to the home crowd as he makes his way out after half-time

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Chase: Danny Guthrie attempts to keep pace with Manchester United's Anderson

Chase: Danny Guthrie attempts to keep pace with Manchester United's Anderson

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Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

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Words of wisdom: Ferguson (left) talks to fourth official Phil Dowd as the pair leave at half-time

Words of wisdom: Ferguson (left) talks to fourth official Phil Dowd as the pair leave at half-time

Lee Mason and his men come through Chelsea 5 Manchester United 4 unscathed: Graham Poll

Mason and his men come through Stamford Bridge test unscathed

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UPDATED:

01:29 GMT, 1 November 2012

The game went as smoothly as Lee Mason could have wanted and that is largely down to the exemplary attitude of both sets of players.

Apart from one show of petulance late on from Ryan Bertrand and some handbags between Nani and Oscar, everyone was well behaved and clearly heeded the advice from their clubs.

Quiet evening: All things considered, the game went well for Lee Mason

Quiet evening: All things considered, the game went well for Lee Mason

It was eight minutes before Mason had to blow for a free kick. He was also helped by his assistants getting the big decisions right, in stark contrast to Mark Clattenburg on Sunday.

John Brooks correctly awarded Chelsea their first penalty for Alex Buttner’s foul on Victor Moses and Jake Collin got the night’s big decision correct, seeing that Gary Cahill’s header had crossed the line.

Tripped: Alexander Buttner clips Victor Moses for penalty No 1

Tripped: Alexander Buttner clips Victor Moses for penalty No 1

If you have good assistants, it makes a huge difference.

Mason’s movement and positioning were poor but fans and players just want the big decisions to be right — and they were.

Andrey Arshavin could go back to Zenit St Petersburg

Zenit want Arshavin back AGAIN as Arsenal seek to offload Russian

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UPDATED:

22:31 GMT, 11 July 2012

Zenit St Petersburg boss Luciano Spalletti could make a move for Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin.

The Italian is also an admirer of Manchester United winger Nani and Chelsea target Hulk as he revealed Zenit were hoping to sign 'top-level' players.

Flop: Arsenal loaned Andrey Arshavin back to Zenit St Petersburg last season

Flop: Arsenal loaned Andrey Arshavin back to Zenit St Petersburg last season

Qatari side Al-Sadd are also keen on 31-year-old Arshavin.

Spalletti said: 'He is one of the players who can strengthen Zenit. When a team win the league by almost 15 points you need to look for players like that.'

Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2: Danny Welbeck the hero

Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2: Valencia and Welbeck keep up the pressure on City

Manchester United kept up the pressure at the top of the Premier League with victory at the Emirates Stadium.

With Manchester City beating Tottenham in a five-goal thriller earlier in the day, Sir Alex Ferguson needed a win to close to within three points.

United were dealt a massive blow when
Phil Jones was carried off on a stretcher with quarter of an hour gone
after injuring his ankle.

But it was the visitors who went ahead in time added on at the end of the first half when Antonio Valencia got his head to Ryan Giggs' cross.

Robin van Persie wasted a golden chance to level shortly after the restart but he made amends with a cool finish with just under 20 minutes left.

United kept at it though and Welbeck's emphatic finish, after good work from Valencia on the right, secured the points.

Full report to follow…

Heads up: Antonio Valencia beats Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen to the ball for Manchester United's opener

Heads up: Antonio Valencia beats Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen to the ball for Manchester United's opener

MATCH FACTS

Arsenal: Szczesny, Djourou (Yennaris 46), Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Rosicky, Song, Ramsey, Walcott, Van Persie, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arshavin 74)

Subs not used: Almunia, Park, Squillaci, Benayoun, Miquel

Goal: Van Persie 71

Booked: Ramsey, Koscielny

Man Utd: Lindegaard, Jones (Rafael 17, Park 76), Smalling, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani (Scholes 75), Rooney, Welbeck.

Subs not used: De Gea, Berbatov, Hernandez, Fabio

Goal: Valencia 45+1

Booked: Rafael

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Attendance:

Agony: Phil Jones receives treatment before he is carried off on a stretcher (below)

Agony: Phil Jones receives treatment before he is carried off on a stretcher (below)

Phil Jones

Doubling up: Thomas Vermaelen (left) and Aaron Ramsey try to stop Manchester United's Ryan Giggs

Doubling up: Thomas Vermaelen (left) and Aaron Ramsey try to stop Manchester United's Ryan Giggs

Speedster: Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is tackled by Rafael

Speedster: Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is tackled by Rafael

United front: Sir Alex Ferguson's players celebrate Valencia's goal at the Emirates Stadium

United front: Sir Alex Ferguson's players celebrate Valencia's goal at the Emirates Stadium

Tribute: Robin van Persie had a message for his grandfather after scoring

Tribute: Robin van Persie had a message for his grandfather after scoring

WIN Manchester United v Wigan tickets

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Sportsmail has teamed up with Betfair – to give away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan and a friend to see Manchester United take on Wigan at Old Trafford on Saturday, December 26 (3pm).

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Which winger did Manchester United sign from Wigan

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QPR v Manchester United – Premier League live

LIVE: QPR v Manchester United – follow all the action as it happens

Follow Sportsmail”s coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Sunday”s action consists of four big clashes at the business end of the table. First up in west London it is QPR versus second-placed Manchester United. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

QPR v Manchester United (12pm)

Click here for the live goals as they go in

QPR: Cerny, Young, Gabbidon, Connolly, Traore, Mackie, Barton, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Bothroyd, Helguson.
Subs: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Derry, Taarabt, Campbell, Smith.

Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, Welbeck.
Subs: Lindegaard, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Hernandez, Young, Fryers.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

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11.54: From InfostradaLive:

Wayne Rooney has scored in the Premier League against 28 different clubs. QPR are one of the four current PL clubs he hasn”t scored against.

11.51: So can QPR pull off a famous victory today I have to be honest I have my doubts.

Just one home win all season and that was against nine-man Chelsea.

For United of course this presents a glorious chance for them to go top…for a few hours at least.

11.48: Full team news from Loftus Road:

QPR v Man Utd
QPR: Cerny, Young, Gabbidon, Connolly, Traore, Mackie, Barton, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Bothroyd, Helguson. Subs: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Derry, Taarabt, Campbell, Smith.

Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Hernandez, Young, Fryers.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

11.45: It”s a big afternoon of action in the Premier League so if you are out and about and need goal alerts, why not follow our live goals service on Twitter that brings you every strike involving a Premier League team as it happens

11.40: Sir Alex Ferguson makes the rare decision to name an unchanged line-up for Manchester United”s Barclays Premier League game at QPR.

Ferguson sticks with the starting XI that thrashed Wolves the previous weekend for a match in which victory would send United above Manchester City at the top of the table – for a few hours at least.

QPR make two changes, with fit-again defender Matthew Connolly handed his first start for almost four months and Heidar Helguson recalled in attack.

11.20: Morning everyone. An early start for Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United who can go top with victory over Queens Park Rangers.

First things first. Here are the teams… QPR: Cerny; Young, Gabbidon, Connolly, Traore; Barton, Faurlin, Mackie, Wright-Phillips; Helguson, Bothroyd.

Man United: De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Jones, Carrick, Nani, Valencia; Rooney, Welbeck

Heading for the top Manchester United will lead the table if they defeat QPR

Heading for the top Manchester United will lead the table if they defeat QPR