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Moyes Upbeat Despite Thai Loss

posted 13 Jul 2013, 11:18 by Mpelembe   [ updated 13 Jul 2013, 11:19 ]

David Moyes has unhappy first match as Man Utd manager as they lose to Thai All Stars in an exhibition match

BANGKOKTHAILAND (JULY13, 2013) (REUTERS) -  David Moyes looked on the positive side after he lost his first match in charge of Manchester United, a friendly in Bangkok against a Thai All Stars team on Saturday (July 13).

United lost 1-0 after Teerathep Winothai, 28, scored in the second half, but Moyes said it was a good experience for his side.

"I'm disappointed we didn't get something out of the game but what we did get out of this was a very good fitness workout," Moyes told reporters at a post match news conference. "Anyone who is watching will tell you that it was very warm. I was pleased with that."

The new manager, who replaced the retired Alex Ferguson this summer, was also impressed with the performance of Wilfried Zaha, who joined United from Crystal Palace in January, but spent the rest of the season on loan back at the then Championship side.

"He is a part of the squad and we'll see how we can fit him it as often as we can," said Moyes.

Wayne Rooney left Thailand only hours after arriving after picking up a hamstring injury in training, while Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez were also absent, leaving some Thai fans disappointed.

"I feel bad a bit because I really want to meet Persie," said one outside the stadium.

Man Utd will now travel to Australia as their three-week tour continues, with stop offs in Japan and Hong Kong also planned.