Ole Gunnar Solskjaer surprised Romelu Lukaku on his arrival at Manchester United by presenting the striker with a total analysis of his game. United hit the target with three of their five officially recorded shots on goal, in addition to Fred's effort ruled out for offside, scoring two.
The nature of the match may allow the Norwegian to make changes to his side, granting regular first teamers a well-earned rest after an intense festive period from which United have plundered maximum points.
Despite the lack of quality on display, there was a good atmosphere throughout as the club's work on improving the Old Trafford atmosphere was audible from those moved to the area normally housing the away fans.
It's possible that new arrivals are going to be in short supply, but The Sun report that Solskjaer will at least be given a say regarding the futures of his current players.
Romelu Lukaku believes Manchester United are "back to ourselves" after a hard few months.
Ultimately that did for the former Real Madrid manager when he was sacked and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, at least until the end of the season.
The second half was slightly more quiet for Lukaku as United were happy to slowly poke at Reading as not to open themselves up defensively, but it was certainly another step in the right direction.
Scott 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).
The squad flew to Dubai on Saturday evening for a warm weather training camp ahead of the trip to Wembley to face Tottenham next Sunday. "We kept them at bay then we made some mistakes, the crowd got drawn in and it's always hard". It's a chance to get Lukaku and Sanchez a start.
Alternatively, Angel Gomes may hope to start out wide, after making his first Premier League appearance of the season against Huddersfield on Boxing Day. "There will be tougher times coming, there will be tougher games coming up, we know that". We have four, five corners, they have just one, so we produce.