READING FC put in a hard-fought performance, but were outplayed by Premier League heavyweights Manchester United as they were beaten 2-0 in the FA Cup.

Royals fell to defeat after a Juan Mata penalty and second from Romelu Lukaku gave United a two-goal advantage at the break.

Jose Gomes remains without a win in his short tenure as manager, but it was a much-improved display after the abject defeat at home to Swansea City, which ended 4-1 to the visitors.

More than 70,000 fans watched as Reading attempted to seek revenge; with United knocking them out at the same stage in 2017.

It was a much bigger margin on that day (4-0) and Reading managed to keep the likes of Sanchez and Rashford under control in the second half to limit the damage.