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'Excited' Moyes ready for bow

Manchester United manager David Moyes is looking forward to his first match in charge when the Red Devils take on the Singha All Stars at a sell-out Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok on Saturday.

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David Moyes: Manchester United manager ready for first match in charge

David Moyes: Manchester United manager ready for first match in charge

The former Everton boss is embarking on a new chapter in his career after taking over the United reins from Sir Alex Ferguson and has found the club's pre-season tour an interesting experience so far.

"When we arrived at the airport there were lots of screaming young ladies," said Moyes.

"I don't think it was for me but it was like some famous pop group arriving. It was incredible.

"We were taken on to pay respects to the king, who is in hospital just now. It was pandemonium when we got there.

"I have not been surprised but the scale of things has been fantastic.

"I am really excited. But I am more excited about the players I am working with. They would lift any coach but they have certainly lifted me.

"I see the ability but the biggest thing is their professionalism, which is second to none.

"I am really pleased to see how committed they are. Every training game they play they want to win.

"The players at Manchester United have that in-built attitude. Long may that continue."

Rio Ferdinand spoke highly of Moyes' work so far, confirming the new regime, which also includes his former team-mate Phil Neville, has been well received in the United dressing room.

"It is too early to compare but the intensity of training has gone up," he said.

"The players want to impress the new coaching staff because we want to be in the starting XI come the first game of the season.

"Training has been very hard but very fair. The lads are enjoying it. There is an edge to all the new things we are doing."

With not just Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie missing, but also Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez, who played in the recent Confederations Cup for Japan and Mexico respectively, the only orthodox striker at Moyes' disposal is Danny Welbeck.

It should be the start of a long season for the England man, which it is hoped will end at the World Cup final.

United fans will hope he increases his goals output significantly though, having found the net just twice in all competitions last term.

"I have only seen Danny for a short time but I have been impressed," said Moyes.

"He looks a very good player. A lot of things he has done have been excellent and if we can add some goals to his tally last year it will make a big difference.

"But what I have seen so far he is an exciting player and someone I am looking forward to working with."

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