New Man Utd manager takes positives despite 1-0 loss in Bangkok while Liverpool start off with win
David Moyes’ first match as Manchester United manager ended in defeat but the Scot was stressing the positives after his team went down 1-0 to a Singha All-Star XI in Bangkok.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor saw two youngsters impress in Adnan Januzaj, 18, during the first half, and Wilfried Zaha, who almost scored on his United debut, his shot hitting a post. Teeratep Winothai got the only goal, five minutes into the second half, while United were unable to convert several good chances.
“It’s always good when you give a young player a chance and he shows up”
“If I’m going to lose any games I’m happy to lose these ones,” Moyes said. “We missed a couple of chances at the end which may well have got us something out of the game but the important thing is we got a few of the players through 90 minutes.
“It was a really good fitness workout – anyone who was watching [in the stadium] tonight will tell you that, as it was very warm. So I was pleased with that. Overall the fitness of the players was good and I’ll take that as a positive.”
Moyes also saved a word for the performance of Januzaj, who was a feature of the United team that won the Barclays Under-21 Premier League last season and was voted young player of the year by United fans.
“Adnan played well tonight and was a plus for us,” he said. “He was the pick of the group. It’s always good when you give a young player a chance and he shows up, which he did tonight. And the more he plays like that, the more opportunities he’s liable to get.”