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Reading defender O'Shea: I'm surprised Man Utd have struggled since Ferguson

Reading defender John O'Shea is ready to face former club Manchester United in the FA Cup.

O'Shea is likely to be making his final outing at Old Trafford on Saturday. During a 13-year career at United, he made almost 400 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson, winning five Premier League titles, a Champions League, three League Cups and an FA Cup.

On Ferguson's departure, the Irishman said: "You always felt it was going to be difficult. But you thought they'd be able to cope with it a bit better. You've had a new manager come in and bring in his signings, another comes in, a couple more signings, a couple more go out.

"It's difficult to get it right, but because of United's success and financial power, you still expect them to be that much closer. It has been tough to watch at times. You had such a man in charge in Sir Alex that the managers coming in have wanted to create their own impression. But now they seem to have turned a corner. Ole has brought his own smile and freshness to it."

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