Oliver Norwood on why Manchester United dreams may be dashed

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Reading's Oliver Norwood would relish a reunion with Manchester United in the FA Cup but says another shock could be on the cards.

Oliver Norwood has been speaking to the Reading Post and expressed a desire to face former employers Manchester United in the FA Cup.

The Reading midfielder helped his current employers into the fifth round on Saturday by netting in a 2-1 victory over Championship rivals Cardiff City.

He is now waiting on the outcome of Monday’s draw, with it possible that he could be handed a reunion with familiar faces.

Norwood is a product of Manchester United’s academy system, but left Old Trafford in 2012 after seeing his route to the first-team blocked.

He would relish a shot at the Premier League heavyweights in knockout competition, but is aware that in a season of shocks – with Chelsea and Manchester City falling at the fourth round stage – there is no guarantee that the Red Devils will successfully negotiate a replay with non-league Cambridge United.

Norwood told the Reading Post: “I want United away. I was there from six until I was 21. It was my life.

“I’ve never been back so it would be nice. It’s everyone’s dream to play at Old Trafford.

“But they’ve got to beat Cambridge yet. After watching them on Friday night they might struggle.”

United were held to a goalless draw by Cambridge in their initial meeting, but will be on home soil for the return date.

Reading, meanwhile, are viewing the FA Cup as a welcome distraction to their league struggles.

The Royals sit just seven points clear of the second-tier drop zone at present and are still searching for a spark to ignite their season.

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