FT: Singha All-Stars 1 Manchester United 0

Thanks for following Moyes' first game with me. He and United fly to Sydney straight after this game, report and reaction from which will be on site soon.

As much as he would have liked to start with a win, Moyes won't be too concerned with this result so early into United's preparations for the new season. Positives: Januzaj looked bright and inventive; Zaha was a threat and went closest to a goal; and the absence of any other striking options will give Welbeck plenty of opportunity to work on his finishing before the Community Shield on August 11 and the start of their Premier League defence six days later.

And that's it. Welbeck's chance is the final action of the game and the All-Stars have beaten United.

Januzaj's out-swinging delivery lands on the head of Welbeck but his effort from seven yards drifts over the crossbar.

The All-Stars' biggest threat and goalscorer Winothai milks the applause as he is replaced. United are running out of time if they are to avoid defeat in Moyes' first game. They have a corner though...

United throw Ferdinand and Evans forward for a set-piece on the right but Januzaj fools everyone by sliding a pass down the outside of the two-man wall for Zaha. His cross, though, is sidefooted over everyone in the box and the threat passes.

United have stepped up the pace in the search for an equaliser but tame efforts from Lingard and then Januzaj are both directed straight at the goalkeeper.

Zaha hits the post! A stepover on the right corner of the box creates enough space for the winger to unleash a left-footed curler which crashes against the face of the far post. Great effort.

Great chance for Welbeck but his finish is woeful. The United striker does well to create space in the box but his close-range effort is dragged horribly wide of the far post.

Januzaj wins the ball back brilliantly as the All-Stars threaten to counter-attack but the referee does him no favours in denying him a free-kick when he is brought down close to the edge of the box.

That cross was Fabio's last contribution. The left-back is replaced by Evra.

Zaha gets his first opportunity in a United shirt, but his header at the far post following Fabio's cross drifts harmlessly wide. The delivery took Zaha's marker out of the game but the defender's mere presence was still enough to distract the winger.

Januzaj tests the goalkeeper with a long-rage effort but Taweekul passes the examination comfortably, parrying two-handed when diving to his right. With 18 minutes remaining, United have yet to cause the All-Stars' stopper any major concern.

Zaha gets one-on-one against his defender in the box but after a couple of stepovers, the United new boy goes down under little pressure and watches the ball drift harmlessly out of play.

Zaha has started wide on the right. His first touches result in Rafael finding space on the flank but his cross is too close to the goalkeeper.

Giggs, Anderson and Cleverley all make way for Zaha, Lingard and Jones. None of the departing trio really made an impact during the hour they played; perhaps youngsters Zaha and Lingard can inject some pace and intensity.

Here comes a triple change for United. Zaha, Lingard and Jones wait to come on as United attack breaks down at the far post following neat play from Anderson and Giggs.

All-Stars goalkeeper Taweekul is called into action again, this time to parry a curling shot from Fabio. A comfortable save in the end.

United are feeling their way back into the game but Anderson's split pass finds only the All-Stars goalkeeper. On the sideline, the United substitutes are increasing the intensity of their warm-up.

United create their first moment of danger since the break and Janzaj is the architect. After a few players in red get a feel for the ball, the teenager ups the tempo and plays in Welbeck but his shot on the stretch is easy for the goalkeeper.

The All-Stars create a 3v2 situation and Winothai gets in a shot that appears to take a slight deflection off Ferdinand which fools Amos, who is beaten at his near post.


A fantastic through-ball splits Evans and Ferdinand but with Amos exposed, Dangda mis-controls and allows the UnIted defence to clear. Just like the first-half, it's another early warning for the Red Devils.

The second-half kicks off and after I said I expected numerous substitutions, Moyes has made... none. United are unchanged at the start of this second period.

Not every United fan is happy. One Little Voice got in touch via Twitter before kick-off to say: "Appalling Utd line-up. The (justified) talk is about Baines/CM, but LW and striker are looking weak. Disillusioned Utd fan here." Did you see anything in the first-half to change you mind?

Having seen Januzaj make an impression, many of you now want to see Zaha come off the bench. Elliot Kohn believes the former Crystal Palace winger will get a debut goal. His prediction: "2-1 to United. Giggs and Zaha to come off bench to score the second."

The best opportunities fell to the hosts, with a brilliant save from Amos denying the All-Stars a half-time lead. Januzaj missed United's best opportunity but the teenager generally impressed during the opening 45 minutes.

That's the last action of a goalless first half. Moyes takes his squad down the tunnel and a host of substitutions will surely take place before the second period. Who would you like to see come off the bench?

Another United corner, this time from the left, is played short, with Fabio and Cleverley working the ball in-field to Carrick, but his ball into the box is easily cleared. The England midfielder does what we'd all do and looks disgustedly at the turf.

Amos is made to pluck another long-range effort out of the air before United break, with Januzaj superbly playing in Anderson. The United midfielder is about to pull the trigger but a defender gets back to steal the ball off Anderson's toe. The resulting corner from Januzaj is too deep and drifts to safety.

Welbeck, some might say, summed up in one moment. First, he outpaces his defender to reach a hopeful ball forward, but in attempting to beat his opponent with a trick, the England forward only manages to backheel the ball out of play for a goalkick. An embarrassed Welbeck sees the funny side.

Stunning save from Amos! A simple ball over the top puts an All-Star forward in behind Rafael but the United goalkeeper makes a brilliant one-handed save to his right to keep out a firm shot.

Moyes makes his first change: Rafael replaces Buttner, who has gone straight down the tunnel for treatment. Could be a hamstring injury.

Welbeck's running earns a corner which is taken by Giggs - poorly as it turns out. The ball is cleared at the near post.

It's Giggs' turn now to pass through the All-Stars defence, but his curling ball is just too heavy for Welbeck, who sees the goalkeeper gather as the forward tried to poke it beyond him.

I was just thinking that we had not yet seen anything from Carrick yet so, right on cue, the England midfielder slides a delicious pass through to Giggs in the box, but the Welshman cannot beat his man and ends up giving away a free-kick.

Amos has his handling tested by a long-range drive which takes a deflection as it arrows towards the top corner, but the United goalkeeper shifts his feet quickly and makes the catch look simple.

Great chance for Januzaj! Fabio whips a cross from the left into the area between goalkeeper and back four but Januzaj sidefoots his volley over the bar from close range. It's a bad miss but Moyes will be encouraged to see the youngster making that kind of run.

Ranjit Khatkar seems happy with Moyes' selection. He emailed to say: "First we had Busby Babes, then the Fergie Fledglings and now the Moyes Boys! I'm glad that Amos got the nod ahead of Lindegaard and looking forward to see how Januzaj copes." Benny in Dublin is also excited to see the teenage number 44: "Looking forward to seeing how Januzaj gels with some of the more experienced players, he really impressed when playing with the U21s.".

Giggs' driven cross from deep on the right is aimed towards Welbeck but the United striker is closely marshalled by an All-Star centre-half. A brief period of head tennis follows but the ball is eventually cleared.

Moyes has clearly given Januzaj licence to roam. The teenager started on the right but has already drifted in-field and has just now popped up on the left. His first dummy delighted the crowd but his second and third allowed the defender to recover and United are forced to settle for a throw-in.

Giggs has a set-piece opportunity from 25-yards following a handball, but his effort is blocked by the hosts' wall before the clearance is completed.

The All-Stars have settled quicker, but that is perhaps to be expected given this game comes during their mid-season while United have only been back in training for just over a week. The hosts work the ball out to Thamaphan but, sensing glory, the left-back shoots high and wide from an acute angle when a cross would have been wiser.

United's first opportunity falls to Cleverley, but his attempt under pressure following Januzaj's cut-back from the right rolls harmlessly wide of the far post.

The first chance of the game falls to the visitors, and what a chance too! The All-Stars break United's woefully-set offside trap, but with forward Winothai taking too long when one-on-one with Amos, Evans gets back brilliantly to block.

United's first attack fizzles out but only after some neat interplay on the left between Giggs and Buttner. Cleverley's pass found Giggs wide left before the overlapping Buttner raced on to the veteran's neat back-heel. The Dutch left-back, though, ran the ball out of play.

United get us underway, but Ben Amos is in early action to gather a through-ball after the visitors give the ball away.

Also on Twitter, Jetson Gospel tells me he would have liked to have seen Zaha from the start. I'm also really looking forward to seeing him today. Aaron Middleton has emailed a predication of 4-0 - Welbeck (2) Anderson and Janujaz to score.

A few of your thoughts before the kick-off: On Twitter: Jay says: "Looking forward to seeing the Belgian lad in action, would of liked Zaha in there, not much width."

The teams are out, with United sporting their new kit which features the players' names written in the Thai alphabet. The King's song is playing as I type.

United received a vociferous welcome from the 8,500 fans who came out for open training in the stadium yesterday. If nothing else, today will be noisy.

United's opponents are the Singha All-Stars, the best the Thai Premier League has to offer. The venue is the Thai national stadium in Bangkok, a 55,000-seater arena which is a sea of red today.

With less than 10 minutes to kick-off, I want to hear your thoughts, on Moyes' first selection or your expectations of United generally as they enter the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. You can email me ian.watson@bskyb.com or find me on Twitter @ianwatson1.

Being United's only available striker, Danny Welbeck is likely to feature heavily throughout their tour of the Far East and Australia. Wayne Rooney returned home on Thursday with a hamstring injury; Robin van Persie did not travel; and Javier Hernandez is having a break after his international exploits this summer with Mexico.

United new boy Wilfried Zaha starts on the bench, but he will surely see some game time today, as you would expect for all the substitutes.

Probably the most interesting inclusion in the starting XI is 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj. Likely to be playing in an advanced midfield role, he's a Kosovo-born Belgian who joined United from Anderlecht in 2011.

The rest of the touring party make up the substitutes bench: Anders Lindegaard, Rafael, Patrice Evra, Phil Jones, Wilfried Zaha, Jesse Lingard, Michael Keane.

Moyes' first Manchester United line-up is as follows: Ben Amos, Fabio, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Alex Buttner, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Adnan Januzaj, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck.

The Red Devils begin their pre-season campaign against a Singha All-Star XI in Bangkok. Kick-off is 2pm BST (8pm local time).

Welcome to a new era for Manchester United as the Premier League champions take to the field for the first time under new manager David Moyes.


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