David Moyes’ reign as Manchester United manager got off to a poor start with a 1-0 defeat against a Singha All Star XI on Saturday.
The Scot named a strong side for the friendly fixture in Bangkok, with Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs all starting. Wayne Rooney was absent though after the England striker flew home from Asia in the week with a hamstring injury.
United almost suffered a nightmare opening after just three minutes, as a long ball found Teeratep Winothai, but he took too long to get an effort in on goal. Jonny Evans made up ground to dispossess the striker and spare the tourists’ blushes.
As the first half went on, United began to dominate, although both sides had good chances to score and it was the hosts who perhaps had the best opportunity.
Winothai again had the chance after a well executed lofted pass and Ben Amos was forced into a strong reaction save to ensure the sides went in goalless at half-time.
However, just four minutes into the second period, the All Star XI were ahead thanks to a strike from the dangerous Winothai.
The 28-year-old beat Amos at his near post to give his team a surprising, but not undeserved, lead.
United brought on Wilfried Zaha later in the half to try and inject some energy into their play, but Moyes’ men struggled to break down a resolute home defence.
The former Crystal Palace man had a great opportunity to draw his side level on 81 minutes but headed wide from a deep Fabio cross.
A minute later, Zaha again threatened but saw his effort cannon back off the post, meaning Moyes started his Old Trafoord career with a defeat.
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