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TOTAL RECALL; LAST NIGHT'S FA CUP ACTION Contract rebel Nani back with bang as Fergie's troops see off Reading.

MAN UTD 2 READING 1 NANI came in from the cold last night to seal Man United's spot in the FA Cup quarter-final - and remind Sir Alex Ferguson exactly what he's capable of.

The Portuguese winger has cut a peripheral figure this season and has started only 10 games in the midst of a contract stand-off with the club.

He was only called on last night after Phil Jones was forced off with an injury but he proved the difference against a resolute Reading outfit.

Nani grabbed the opener with a neat finish after 69 minutes and two minutes later he set up Javier Hernandez to nod home the killer second.

It's been a busy few days for Nani after he was involved in a minor car accident on Friday and he was delighted to be the driving force last night.

He said: "I was really pleased to help the team and I enjoyed the game.

"I had quite a few efforts on goal and I kept on trying but the first one changed the game and it was great to help us get the result."

The home side had their tails up from the off with Reading defender Adrian Mariappa having to look lively in the opening two minutes to block efforts from Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.

Reading forward Noel Hunt then had to change his blood-stained shirt twice after a clash of heads with United skipper Nemanja Vidic.

United continued to probe for the opener but Royals keeper Adam Federici was in fine form and he made super stops from a Tom Cleverley drive and then the Ashley Young rebound.

United defender Jones was forced off after a clash with Jobi McAnuff in 38 minutes and on came Nani.

IMPACT He had an instant impact, crashing an effort off the post before forcing Federici into a fine stop.

The visiting No.1 was called upon again at the start of the second half and again he was a match for United, keeping out an Anderson dig.

The breakthrough finally came in the 69th minute when Nani controlled a pass from Antonio Valencia with his left foot, then finally beat Federici with a snap-shot with his right.

United put the game beyond doubt in the 72nd minute when Nani crossed for Hernandez and he beat Federici at his near post with a glancing header.

McAnuff pulled a goal back for Reading with nine minutes to go, which ensured an anxious finale for United, who managed to see the game out.

United boss Ferguson said: "It turned into a really good cup tie and we played some great football so I'm satisfied.

"Nani was immense and I had a feeling he might win it for us."

Reading gaffer Brian McDermott said: "I'm disappointed to lose but I'm really delighted with how we played."

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NAN OF THE Z MATCH Winger Nani celebrates and, right, boss Ferguson hails Hernandez's killer goal, top
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