Moyes began his first preseason with United against Singha XI, a collection of the best players from the Thailand domestic league. The match took on added significance as a glimpse into what kind of side Moyes will be looking to put out this year. A 4-3-3 was chosen for the occasion, sending out Welback, Januzaj, Giggs, Anderson, Cleverley, Carrick, Fabio, Ferdinand, Evans, and Buttner.
Surprisingly, the plucky Singha XI side regularly troubled the United back line. Johnny Evans and Rio Ferdinand often failed to contain players from running in behind them at center back. Given the circumstances, it's not something to be worried about, but it is something to pay attention too in the upcoming preseason matches.
Manchester United's attack throughout the entire game was pretty slow, defined by casual possession between the three center fielders. If there's any main point to take away from the match its that United need a new center midfielder, badly. Carrick is class, we knew that, but Anderson and Cleverley aren't good enough to take on the best of Europe (and England). Anderson has improved, he used to be dire, but I still see him as a very effective player to bring off the bench. Roma's rumored to be selling De Rossi, United should be all over that, a Carrick-De Rossi pivot would do a world of good to the side as a whole.
Another interest in the match was Adnan Januzaj. The young Belgian was lively, full of tricks, and generally a bright spot in the attack. Twitter was going crazy anointing his arrival, which is a bit much, but he is a player that needs watching. The same cannot be said for Danny Welbeck. His subpar goal scoring is often excused by pundits, claiming his superior movement and build up play. I just don't see it, he's had his moments (namely the goal against Real Madrid), but ultimate is lacking in possession. Any idea that he'll rise to a starring role in the side is overly ambitious in my mind.
All the other Man U players were average, including new signing Wilfried Zaha. The stifling heat and the sleepy nature of preseason weighed on the player in all likelihood. The following preseason games, as the side builds sharpness and camaraderie, should reveal more clues as to how Man U's side will shape up this year.