Sydney - David Moyes would consider it a job well done if he could achieve a
quarter of predecessor Alex Ferguson's success at Manchester United, after the
Scot began his reign at the club with a disappointing 1-0 loss in Bangkok on
The Singha All-Star XI took the lead early in the second half through
Teerathep Winothai and managed to keep the English champions, who were without
frontline strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, at bay.
As part of their pre-season tour, United will next play in Sydney, followed
by matches in Yokohama, Osaka and Hong Kong before facing AIK in Stockholm on
"It's my first season as manager of Manchester United. I'm following
probably the finest football manager that's ever lived," Moyes, who
replaced the retired Ferguson at the end of last season, told reporters in
Sydney on Sunday.
"I'm always saying, you know if I can even win a quarter of what he
won, I'll have done very well.
"So the first thing I've got to do is settle in to the job, get to know
everybody and find my way around."
During his 26 years at the club, Ferguson won 38 trophies, including 13
Premier League and two Champions League titles.
Rooney, who has been the subject of intense transfer rumours since the end
of last season, returned home with a hamstring injury hours after arriving in
Bangkok, although Van Persie will boost Moyes' attacking options when he joins
up with the squad in Sydney.
The former Everton manager thanked his colleagues at the club for helping
him make a smooth transition as he builds towards the first game of Manchester
United's Premier League title defence away to Swansea on August 17.
"I'm really fortunate that everybody who's working at the club is
making that easy for me," the Scot said.
"The players especially have been terrific in what they're doing and
we'll be adding one or two more players who've come in to join us, who have may
be been away with their international teams over the summer time in the next
month or so."
Hoping to build on the huge success of the club's recent past, Moyes
appointed club veteran Ryan Giggs, 39, as player-coach and added former
defender Phil Neville to his backroom staff.
Giggs, who made his senior debut for United in March 1991, is the most
decorated player in English soccer with 13 Premier League winner's medals, four
FA Cup winner's medals and two Champions League winner's medals among his
The former Welsh international, having always played under Ferguson,
admitted that working with Moyes was different but said he was enjoying the
"It's obviously strange because I've only had one manager for
twenty-odd years... but we move on and I've really enjoyed it," he said.
"It's like any other pre-season, you've got to work hard, you've got to
knuckle down and prepare yourself as best you can for the first game of the
"So, on the pitch it's not been that different really but obviously
it's a little bit strange because I've only known one manager so, but, no, I'm