Paul Scholes reacts to Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Reading

by Leo Nieboer

Paul Scholes has reacted to Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Reading in the FA Cup third round, insisting that the home side’s performance evoked memories of the Manchester United of old.

Jose Mourinho‘s men took charge from the first whistle and raced into a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes through goals from Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial.

Man United continued to press and put the result beyond doubt with two late goals from Marcus Rashford.

Scholes, speaking on BT Sport, was full of praise for the way United incessantly poured forward all afternoon.

“This is the Manchester United of old, wanting to get forward and score goals all the time,” he said.

“It’s a great achievement for Wayne. We’re happy for him, hopefully he can go on to break it. What a signing he’s been.”

Cruising to victory against a Championship side at home is not in itself especially praiseworthy. Indeed, it was the manner in which United dismissed Jaap Stam’s side that was remarkable: bodies pouring forward from minute one, players like Martial and Rashford terrifying the back four, Reading unable to get out of their half, Old Trafford smelling blood and quietly humming as their side – clearly bursting with confidence – strolled to an eighth successive win.

Ruthless, powerful and easy on the eye: this really was a textbook United performance.

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