Manchester United have arrived in Sydney ahead of their next pre-season match against the A-league All Stars, as new manager David Moyes seeks his first win with the team.
His first match as boss of the 2013 English Premier League champions went badly on Saturday, as United lost 1-0 to Thailand All Stars in a friendly at Rajamangala National Stadium.
Without strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, a toothless United paid the price in stifling heat in front of a sell-out crowd of 50,000.
After a scoreless first half, the All Stars, which included five Thai internationals, struck in the 49th minute through captain Teeratep Winothai, converting a pass from Dango Siaka.
“Wherever you go the games are really tough, we found out last night in Thailand,” Moyes said on Sunday.
“We were travelling away, it was the first game for our players, this Saturday will be the second game; I’m sure the Aussie players will be a bit more in full flow than we are. So we know that any games we play, and I think that when you play Manchester United everybody wants to beat them, it’s a big scalp if they can get it.”
United left Bangkok immediately after the game for the next match in Sydney, where Van Persie will join the team.
Moyes has taken over from celebrated United manager Alex Ferguson, who was in charge for 27 successful years.
The former Everton manager’s first Premier league match will be August 17th against Swansea.