Manchester United football team suffered an embarrassing upset last Saturday as their highly paid squad of players slumped to a 1-0 defeat in a friendly match against Thailand’s Singha All-Star XI in Bangkok.
Fans paid up to 4,000 baht to watch the triumphant host team beat the English Premier League champions at the Rajamangala National Stadium. The Thailand team comprised of some of the best players from the Thai Premier League. After a goal-less first half it was Thailand’s Teeratep who broke the deadlock in the 49th minute with a deflected shot that beat United keeper Amos at his near post.
There were perhaps bad omens for United prior to the game, as soon after arriving in the Thai capital the team bus got stuck underneath a chandelier at the Four Seasons Hotel entrance and workers had to climb onto the roof of the bus to free it.
Manchester’s new manager David Moyes, who recently took over from Sir Alex Ferguson, on his retirement, fielded a team without Wayne Rooney who returned to the UK earlier that day with a hamstring injury. Moyes will hope for better from his players on the rest of their tour to Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Sweden.
United begin their Premier League title defence on August 17 and in the meantime the Singha All Stars will look to add another high-profile scalp this week with a match against Chelsea.