Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (right) sees his shot blocked by Reading goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi during their English FA Cup third round match.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (right) sees his shot blocked by Reading goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi during their English FA Cup third round match. Rui Vieira

Rooney equals club record as Man Utd flogs Reading

THE FA Cup third round has thrown up some surprise results but there was no shock at Old Trafford, where Manchester United had an easy win over Championship side Reading, 4-0.

Wayne Rooney scored the opener, his 249th goal for the club, pulling him level with United legend Sir Bobby Charlton as the club's record scorer.

Further strikes from Anthony Martial and a double from Marcus Rashford completed the rout.

Fellow English Premier League sides Bournemouth, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion weren't so lucky, losing to Millwall, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County respectively.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe made 11 changes to the side that drew 3-3 with Arsenal in midweek and it showed as Steve Morison, Shaun Cummings and Shane Ferguson struck for Millwall, which is in the third tier of English football.

"We are so stretched, the Premier League is such a demanding league, we feel we need our best players available for selection,” Howe said in defence of his team selection.

Tony Pulis's West Brom - eighth in the EPL - were beaten by Championship side Derby County 2-1 at home, while his former club Stoke City lost 2-0 at home to Championship outfit Wolves.

EPL champion Leicester City put its poor league form behind it, earning a first away victory in domestic competitions this season with summer signing Ahmed Musa scoring twice in a 2-1 victory at Everton.

Arsenal looked in trouble at another Championship club when it trailed 1-0 at second-tier Preston North End at half-time.

But Aaron Ramsey's curler one minute after the break cancelled out Callum Robinson's early opener before Olivier Giroud's 89th-minute winner sent the Gunners through 2-1.

Marco Silva won the battle of the new managers as his Hull City side accounted for Paul Clement's Swansea City outfit 2-0.

Former England manager Sam Allardyce is still searching for his first win as Crystal Palace boss, following a 0-0 draw with one of his old clubs, Bolton Wanderers.

Sunderland and Southampton require replays after draws. Sunderland was held 0-0 by EPL rival Burnley while Southampton was pegged back at Norwich City, which equalised in stoppage time for a 2-2 draw.

Seventh-tier Stourbridge's journey is over after a 2-1 loss at League Two Wycombe Wanderers, while Lincoln City, which now plays in the National League, drew 2-2 with Championship title contenders Ipswich Town.

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