Reading boss Mark Bowen on Sheffield United ahead of FA Cup clash
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Reading boss Mark Bowen on Sheffield United ahead of FA Cup clash

Sheffield United travel to Reading this evening in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The winner of the match at the Madejski Stadium will book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

The two clubs were in the same division last season as United beat the Royals twice as they earned promotion from the Championship.

There are now 28 places between the two teams, with the Blades flying high in the Premier League and Reading in the lower reaches of the second tier.

It is ten days since Chris Wilder’s side were last in action, with their scheduled match with Aston Villa postponed at the weekend. That was because Villa were playing Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.

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Meanwhile, the Royals were 2-0 winners over Barnsley.

What the Reading boss thinks about Sheffield United

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Mark Bowen has been speaking about United ahead of their meeting. Bowen wasn’t in charge when the teams met last term, having only been appointed as manager in October.

Yet the 56-year-old has clearly been watching the Blades in action during their first top flight campaign in 12 years.

“They’ll come here and produce everything they do in Premier League games,” Bowen told BBC Sport.

“It will be a really, really tough game for us. The whole country knows what Sheffield United are capable of now.

“Some teams might maybe take their eye off the ball a little bit and think, ‘it’s only Reading’. Sheffield United just don’t do that.”

Wilder’s men are yet to meet another Premier League side in the FA Cup in 2019/20. They beat non-league AFC Fylde in the third round before triumphing over Millwall.

As for Reading, they won against League One Blackpool before beating Cardiff City following a replay.

Arsenal are the first side to book their place in the last eight having been victorious over Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Monday night.

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