Brian McDermott has told his critics to get real ahead of Reading's clash with Manchester United on Saturday night.

Royals supporters have begun to question McDermott's methods following a frustrating start to life back in the Barclays Premier League. But McDermott hopes the glamour game with United proves a timely reminder of just how quickly he has transformed the npower Championship winners' fortunes since taking charge three years ago.

He said: "When we were second from bottom in the Championship, if you said to each and every single one of our supporters, 'You're going to be on nine points after 13 games in the Premier League and you're going to be playing Manchester United at 5.30pm on the telly on a Saturday rather than get relegated - would you take that?', they probably would."

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