Manchester United are in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup after an impressive away win in Reading.

The United Under-18s followed up their 4-2 win over Scunthorpe in the final round with a 3-1 win on Thursday night in Berkshire.

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How it happened

1-0: The United youngsters took an early lead through midfielder Kobbie Mainoo after he took possession of the ball on the edge of the box. He slipped into the area before resolutely finishing.

2-0: United’s lead was later doubled in the first half by Sam Mather. He exchanged passes with striker Charlie McNeill, and while his last touch of the ball ricocheted off, he went under as his goal.

3-0: Just a minute after the second, United added a third when Reading gave the ball away. Alejandro deflected the ball back and Charlie McNeill shot the ball into the net.

3-1: The second half was largely a non-event, with United getting a little too loose. Reading brought some consolation in the 82nd minute.

United were clearly the better team and controlled the game. Mainoo, 16, convinced in midfield together with Max Oyedele and Isak Hansen-Aaroen.

Sam Mather had failed to acknowledge a second-half goal for offside as he continued his stellar season at the academy.

Logan Pye returned from injury in the second half, making his first appearance since August and looking sharp as a left-back.

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Who’s next?

United face the winners from Everton and Sheffield United in the fifth round, whose game will take place on Friday.

The game is a home game and should be played at Old Trafford, currently scheduled for Saturday 5th February, with the first team hosting Middlesbrough at FA Youth on Friday evening.

United wants to win the competition for the first time since 2011. Last season United were beaten in the fourth round.

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