Five Talking Points: Manchester United v Singha All Star XI
Manchester United started the 2013/14 season with a lacklustre display against Singha All-Star XI in their pre-season match under hot and humid conditions at Bangkok, where they lost 1-0 against a defensively resolute Thai side.
David Moyes, who was managing his first match as Manchester United manager, must be really disappointed with the lack of cutting edge from his side, who failed to create clear cut openings during the match.
Here are the five major talking points from the match:
1) United’s line up
All United fans must have been wondering before the match as to how their new manager will be lining his team up for his first match in-charge, and they got their answer by seeing the team sheet, where United were set to line up in a traditional 4-4-2 formation.
The formation was not alien to United as they have been following the same for the past two decades under Sir Alex Ferguson as well. However, they were lacking the natural width required for the 4-4-2 formation.
Ryan Giggs started from the left-hand side, but was very involved in the central areas during the first few exchanges of the match. Tom Cleverly, primarily a central midfield player, started on the right wing. Carrick and Anderson held the midfield responsibilities.
The defence consisted of familiar faces with Johnny Evans and Rio Ferdinand in the centre, and Fabio and Alexander Buttner at the right back and left back roles respectively.
David Moyes made several changes as the match progressed, however, it still remains to be seen if he sticks to the same formation in the matches ahead or experiments with other different options.