Moyes 'excited' ahead of first Manchester United game

The 50-year-old Scot takes charge of his first game as Red Devils manager on Saturday against the Singha All Stars as the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era gets underway in Thailand
Manchester United manager David Moyes admits he cannot wait to take charge of his first game against an All Star Thai XI on Saturday and says he's been "lifted" by the players he is inherited.

Moyes' men begin their pre-season preparations against the Singha All Stars in front of a sell-out crowd in Bangkok and the Scot says it's the moment he's been waiting for.

"I’m really excited, but I’m more excited about the players I’m working with," Moyes told reporters.

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"They would lift any coach and they’ve certainly lifted me. I see their ability but the biggest thing is the professionalism. It’s second to none.

"Also, their commitment to be winners, I see it in training now. I wouldn’t say I’m surprised, but I’m really pleased to see how committed they are in every training game we play.

"They want to win every time they play and I think that’s something about Manchester United. The players have that in-built attitude and long may that continue.

"When I first got the job, I was very much aware of the Asia Tour and that my first game would be here in Thailand. I didn’t think an awful lot about it, but I’m very excited now.

"I know the stadium’s sold out and you can see the amount of Manchester United supporters there are here in Thailand. I’m looking forward to it and, hopefully, it’s just the first of many games to come as the Manchester United manager."

Moyes will be without a host of key names with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Chicharito, Shinji Kagawa and Nemanja Vidic all missing.

"This is my first opportunity to manage the team and it will take a little bit of time for us to get used to each other, but that’s what the games are for," he continued.

"We’ll try and give as many people as we can an opportunity to play. We’ll see some young players as well. Obviously, we’ll use all the games to prepare for the start of the season.

"What the tour is going to do is give some of the younger players an opportunity to get games, some playing time.

"Some of the missing ones have had games for their national teams. One or two are injured but not far away - the likes of Chris Smalling and Ashley Young are not too far away."

Nemanja Vidic and winger Nani could rejoin the squad on tour, with the Manchester United captain suffering from sciatica and the Portuguese international recovering from an operation on his nose.