Saturday, January 19, 2008


Manchester United retained their position on top of the Premier League after goals from Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo broke Reading's plucky resistance.

United did not have it all their own way by any means and for a long time it appeared they would be denied by a combination of poor finishing, excellent goalkeeping and brave Reading defending.

But with 13 minutes remaining, Rooney latched onto Carlos Tevez's through ball and directed his first-time shot past Hahnemann.

And as Reading pushed for the equaliser - James Harper's low strike in the last minute went agonisingly wide - Ronaldo broke clear to wrap up the victory.

United arrived in Berkshire after hammering six past Newcastle last weekend and were hungry for more right from the off.

Reading had problems containing Ronaldo, who was enjoying a free attacking role with Owen Hargreaves and Michael Carrick anchoring the midfield.

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