Manchester United made it five wins from five under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with an unconvincing 2-0 victory over Reading in the FA Cup third round.First-half goals from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku were enough for the home side at Old Trafford, although the nine changes made to the team that won at Newcastle United left them looking largely disjointed.Reading, who sit 23rd in the Championship, enjoyed 60 per cent of the possession and had 13 shots to United’s eight, although a comeback never truly looked likely. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The downside was the fact Alexis Sanchez had to go off 64 minutes in, having apparently hurt the hamstring that kept him sidelined throughout December.Mata dispatched a cool penalty – his first FA Cup goal since the victorious final of May 2016 – after referee Stuart Atwell penalised Omar Richards for a foul on the Spaniard following a VAR consultation, with Fred’s strike having been disallowed for offside in the same move.It was harsh on Reading, who had started better, and they should have been level when Danny Loader made a mess of a one-on-one with Sergio Romero after Lukaku was denied by Anssi Jaakkola at the other end.Andy Yiadom was denied by Romero at his near post as United continued to struggle, but a stray pass from John Swift proved costly in first-half injury time, with Lukaku rounding Jaakkola to make it 2-0 from Sanchez’s throughball.Solskjaer handed youngster Tahith Chong the chance to impress off the bench and was then forced to take off Sanchez, who indicated his troublesome right hamstring was again causing him discomfort.@Alexis_Sanchez #MUFC pic.twitter.com/bAH5rD6J8N— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 5, 2019Sone Aluko was denied by a good save from Romero, but United were mostly comfortable in the closing minutes as they secured their place in next Monday’s fourth-round draw. What does it mean? Solskjaer streak continues but Sanchez a worryA fifth victory from his first five games in charge will do no harm to Solskjaer’s chances of getting the job permanently, even if this was not a particularly strong performance from his much-changed side.However, while their hopes of a third FA Cup final in four seasons remain intact, the sight of Sanchez asking to come off in the second half of his first start since early November will not be a welcome sight.The Chilean did sit on the bench after going off, so Solskjaer will hope the forward was merely being cautious ahead of a training camp in Dubai.McTominay meticulousScott McTominay was one of United’s only consistently good players throughout the match, winning seven tackles and ending the game with the best pass completion rate of any of the home side’s starting XI (92.3 per cent).Pereira out of sortsAndreas Pereira was caught in possession one too many times in the first half, once on the edge of his own penalty area. He does not look all that comfortable in a deep midfield role, even if Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho have used him there.Key Opta Facts21 – Juan Mata has been directly involved in 21 goals in 24 starts in the FA Cup (10 goals, 11 assists). Specialist. pic.twitter.com/WB1kgGwrdv— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 5, 2019- United have lost just one of their last 52 FA Cup games against teams from a lower division (W44 D7), suffering defeat to Leeds United in January 2010.- Sanchez has been directly involved in 18 goals in 19 FA Cup games (nine goals, nine assists).- Lukaku has scored 13 goals in his last 14 FA Cup appearances, including six in seven for the Red Devils.What’s next?United head to Dubai for warm-weather training before facing Tottenham at Wembley in the Premier League on January 13, with Reading entertaining Nottingham Forest in the Championship a day prior. read more
ARC Found Passenger Increases up to 40 Percent Compared to 2018 Numbers ARLINGTON, Va. – Jan. 31, 2019 – According to a new analysis by Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), an influx of visitors will fly to Atlanta for the Super Bowl scheduled for February 3. ARC found that passengers from the Los Angeles area increased 31 percent and passengers from New England swelled by 40 percent compared to the same period in 2018. Approximately the same number of visitors will take flights to Atlanta from each of the teams’ home markets, with Rams’ fans paying more for the longer trip. The average round-trip ticket price from Los Angeles to Atlanta was $718, while visitors flying from New England paid an average of $342. “Average ticket prices in each market have not increased a significant amount year over year. Both sets of fans are willing to pay the same relative price premium,” said ARC’s Head of Analytics Scott Gillespie. “I’d say this ticket data looks a lot like a coin toss—each fan base is showing the same degree of commitment to support their team.” The analysis was completed using the following parameters:Tickets purchased through January 23 from U.S. travel agency locations and online travel agencies for flights between January 27 and February 10. Results do not include sales of tickets purchased directly from airlines.Average ticket price compiled from tickets settled through ARC with Atlanta as the final destination.Airports for the Los Angeles area included LAX, BUR, LGB and SNA. Airports for New England included BOS, PVD, MHT, PWM and BGR. About ARCAn industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $94.8 billion in ticket transactions in 2018 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 295 million passenger trips. ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com.