Reading’s Jaap Stam ready for return to Manchester United in tie of the round

United’s treble-winning centre-half will be back on familiar territory when he takes his team to Old Trafford for Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie

It was the outstanding tie to emerge from the FA Cup third-round draw made at the top of the BT Tower: Jaap Stam’s return to Manchester United, where the Dutchman helped them win the treble in his first season.

Stam, the Reading manager, left United a little more than 15 years ago after being sold to Lazio by Sir Alex Ferguson. The last time the former centre-half was at Old Trafford, in June, he shared the stage with the actor Michael Sheen, the X Factor winner Shayne Ward and the former jockey Sir AP McCoy for a charity match.

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