David Moyes has taken control of his first game in charge of Manchester United since stepping in for the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson and … he lost.
But it was only a friendly against the Singha All-Star XI and he certainly didn’t have a full strength team on show but what can we take from the game.
First of all there is a slight concern over the fitness of Alex Buttner. The Dutch international had to come off with a hamstring problem and we will have to wait and see how bad that has affected him.
Ben Amos also deserves a mention. He got the nod ahead of the more experienced Anders Lindegaard and he had a rather fine moment.
Sprawling away he got a fingertip to a goal-bound effort.
But the two players who earned the most attention during and after the game had to be Danny Welbeck and Adnan Januzaj.
The pair were trending on Twitter after 90 minutes and for differing reasons.
Firstly; Welbeck. The England international showed glimpses of his exceptional talent throughout the game. Running the channels with pace, linking up with the midfield, scoring goals. Ah. Now that was actually the problem.
For all his excellent play Welbeck could not buy a goal.
It is a common complaint often laid at his door that the striker simply doesn’t have the composure of say a Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney or a Javier Hernandez and judging by the evidence on display today you have to say that has not changed.
He also produced a comical moment by the corner flag as his attempt at skill just saw him back-heel the ball out of play; much to the hilarity of everyone involved ... including himself.
Januzaj on the other hand was very impressive. Manchester United fans took to Twitter to either ask who he was or simply purr over his performance.
The Belgian didn’t show a hint of any nerves and looked a creative, technical player who could clearly play in several positions across the attacking third of the pitch.
Many United fans in the know have been raving about this lad for a while now and on the basis of this evidence there is certainly enough there to suggest he has the potential to be a real star of the future.
Speaking of stars of the future Wilfried Zaha also got onto the pitch to make his first appearance in a Manchester United shirt and also looked the part; with one moment in particular, when he rattled the woodwork, particularly impressive.
So while the result was thoroughly disappointing United fans should take stock from the performances of their young players.
Here are some Tweets on the Belgian teens performance…
image: © vagueonthehow
Januzaj woah, Januzaj woah, Our midfield dynamo, He's better than Thia-go! #MUFC— RedDevilsDaily (@RedDevilsDaily) July 13, 2013
Enjoyed Lingard's cameo and Zaha's clearly going to be fun to watch. Januzaj's made his mark though - more of him please!— Doron Salomon (@DoronSalomon) July 13, 2013
Adnan Januzaj the stand-out player so far in David Moyes' first game as Man Utd boss here in Bangkok #MUFC— David McDonnell (@DiscoMirror) July 13, 2013
Danny Welbeck produces one of the worst pieces of skill ever! http://t.co/9c62wrkgFT— Renato (@th14Renato) July 13, 2013