All-Stars 1 Man United 0

Alexander Buttner

The Sing­ha All-Stars 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0, Ra­jamangala Na­tion­al Sta­dium, Friendly Mat­ch, Ju­ly 13, 2013. Da­vid Moyes’s fir­st mat­ch in charge of Man­chester Uni­ted Foot­ball Club ended in a nar­row de­feat as the Bar­clays Pre­mier Lea­gue te­am were de­feated 1-0 by Sing­ha All-Star El­ev­en at the Ra­jamangala Na­tion­al Sta­dium. The Thai All-Stars were very well or­gan­ised de­fens­ively and Dr. Vichit Yamboonruang´s men played wi­th heart and intent.

Pre­mier Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted, who were with­out key play­ers Robin van Per­sie and Way­ne Roo­ney, cre­ated very little dur­ing the fir­st pe­riod and de­cent scor­ing op­por­tun­it­ies were few and far be­tween. In the 34th min­ute of the sum­mer tour fix­ture, how­ever, Neth­er­lands U21 in­ter­na­tion­al Al­ex­an­der Buttner sus­tained a minor right ham­string in­jury and had to be re­placed wi­th fel­low full back Ra­fael da Silva. Then, a mere four min­utes in­to the sec­ond ha­lf the tie, Bangkok Glass for­ward Teer­atep Winothai power­ed an ac­cur­ate ef­fort from in­side the eight­een area pa­st Man­chester Uni­ted stop­per Ben Amos and in­to the net to pro­vide The Thai All Stars si­de a fully de­served 1-0 lead in front of a 50,000 strong ho­me crowd at Ra­jamangala Na­tion­al Sta­dium in Bangkok. Fif­teen min­utes la­ter in the friendly en­counter, Man­chester Uni­ted man­ager Da­vid Moyes ev­entually de­cided to make a triple sub­sti­tu­tion as Oli­veira An­der­son, Tom Clev­er­ley, and Ry­an Gig­gs came off for Phil Jones, Jessie Lin­gard, and Wil­fried Za­ha re­spect­ively, hand­ing the lat­ter his fir­st te­am de­but for the Old Traf­ford club. Za­ha went on to en­joy an ex­cel­lent mat­ch for Man­chester Uni­ted, and it was the £10 mil­lion trans­fer sign­ing from Crys­tal Pal­ace who ac­tu­ally came the nearest to scor­ing, but his dan­ger­ous curl­ing shot went off the far post and out of harm´s way wi­th eight min­utes left on the watch of ref­er­ee Chaiya Ma­haprab. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ben Amos, Fa­bio da Silva, Al­ex Buttner, Rio Fer­dinand, Jon­ny Evans, Ry­an Gig­gs, Tom Clev­er­ley, Mi­chael Car­rick, Oli­veira An­der­son, Ad­nan Janu­zaj, Dan­ny Wel­beck. Sub­stitutes: Ra­fael da Silva, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Pil Jones, Za­ha, Jesse Lin­gard, Will Ke­ane, An­ders Lindegaard.

 

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Man­chester Uni­ted trashed Te­am Singa­pore to the tune of a 8-1 score in a pre-sea­son friendly watched by over 44,000 people at the Na­tion­al Sta­dium in Singa­pore on the 24th of Ju­ly 2001. 

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