Danny Welbeck the Unlucky Star as David Moyes Suffers Defeat in 1st Man Utd Game
We have all been in that situation. A new manager comes in, and you are desperate to impress, keen to make your mark and ensure the incoming boss is aware of your talents.
And then it all falls apart within an hour of meeting the person who could end up deciding your future in the coming weeks and months. Maybe even days if you are exceptionally gifted or unfortunate.
It is the same for footballers, even England internationals attempting to ensure their star shines. Step forward, Danny Welbeck.
Manchester United manager David Moyes took charge of the team for the first time since moving from Everton to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as the Old Trafford club began their summer tour with a friendly against a Singha All Star XI at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
With the score level at 0-0, Welbeck chased a ball into the corner as United sought a way past the All Stars defence.
The forward kept the ball at his feet well, and demonstrating his trickery, the 22-year-old stepped over the ball with his right foot and promptly back-heeled it over the byline to give the opposition a goal kick.
Indeed, it is arguable that the Welbeck error was a highlight of the early stages for United, who eventually suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at the hands of the All Star XI.
Teeratep Winothai scored the only goal of the game in the 50th minute when his scuffed shot found its way past. Ironically, the Thailand international played for Moyes at Everton as a youth player between 2005 and 2006.
United player-coach Ryan Giggs did have the ball in the net during the second period, but his effort was ruled out for offside by the match official.
United also went close through former Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, Welbeck and Adnan Januzaj, who was making his first appearance in the senior team.
United will now move on to Australia where they will play an A-League Stars XI at the ANZ Stadium next Saturday. Moyes will be hoping for a better result next weekend after #moyesout became a trending fixture on the web immediately after the game.
We all knew it was going to be an uphill struggle to replace Ferguson after 26 years, but the former Goodison Park boss deserves a bit longer than one friendly. Doesn't he?
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