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Saturday 13 July 2013

Friendly review: Moyes era starts with defeat

New Man Utd manager takes positives despite 1-0 loss in Bangkok while Liverpool start off with win

  • Moyes took the positives from his first match as United manager

  • Zaha impressed on his United debut and almost equalised

  • Januzaj also left a positive impression during his first-half appearance

  • United's Ben Amos clears the ball against the Singha All-Star X1

  • Moyes speaks to Zaha as he is about to come on during the second half in Bangkok

  • Coutinho, left, celebrates opening the scoring for Liverpool against Preston from the spot

  • Ibe, 17, also got on the scoresheet in Liverpool's first friendly of the pre-season

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"
David Moyes

"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."

Aspas scores on debut for Liverpool

Liverpool's new forward Iago Aspas scored on his debut as Brendan Rogers' side beat Preston North End 4-0 at Deepdale in a match to honour Bill Shankly, a manager on Merseyside and player at Preston.

Aspas, signed from Celta Vigo, curled the final goal at Deepdale after a penalty from Philippe Coutinho, a goal from 17-year-old Jordon Ibe and a strike from Raheem Sterling.

"Iago works hard; he's got a trick in and around the box and he excites supporters," Rodgers told the Liverpool website. "He's a good guy and he works very hard for the supporters.

"He drifts well in between the lines and always wants to receive the ball but what I like is that he wants to score goals."

Simon Mignolet enjoyed a quiet debut in the Liverpool goal after signing from Sunderland, while Kolo Toure also started smoothly in the centre of their defence. Rodgers' two Spanish signings, Aspas and Luis Alberto, played the second half while captain Steven Gerrard watched from the sidelines.

West Ham United beat Bournemouth 2-0 on the South Coast with goals from Kevin Nolan and Jack Collison, while Swansea City edged past Den Haag thanks to an early Wayne Routledge goal on their tour of the Netherlands.

Friendly results

Singha All-Star XI 1-0 Manchester United
Preston North End 0-4 Liverpool (Coutinho, Ibe, Sterling, Aspas)
Bournemouth 0-2 West Ham United (Nolan, Collison)
Den Haag 0-1 Swansea City (Routledge)

Friendly fixtures

Sunday 14 July
(kick-offs BST)
Indonesia All Stars v Arsenal, 2.45pm
VfL BOchum v Aston Villa, 3.30pm
Supersport United v Manchester City, 3pm
Austria Vienna v Everton, 5pm
Cartagines v Fulham, 11pm

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Key Points

  • David Moyes sees his team lose 1-0 to a Singha All-Star XI in his first match as Manchester United manager
  • Moyes singles out Adnan Januzaj for praise after 18-year-old played first half
  • Liverpool ease to 4-0 win over Preston, while West Ham and Swansea also record victories