Manchester United lose to Singha All Star XI in David Moyes’ first game in charge

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So, this wasn’t the way it was suppose to start.

Earlier today in Thailand, David Moyes managed his first game in charge of Manchester United. But it ended in defeat to a team made up of local talent, as United lost 1-0 to Singha All-Star XI.

This is hardly a game you can pick apart and analyze but still, it is never good losing a friendly if you’re Manchester United.

Moyes will have his work cut out to try and emulate Sir Alex Ferguson’s time at Old Trafford, we all know that. And he will need a good preseason to usher out any doubts from United fans regarding his pedigree.

But after the Scotsman tasted defeat in the Far East, is more to come?

This is ridiculously early to judge Moyes, but he did have close to a full strength team on display in the searing heat in Bangkok.

Fabio, Rio Ferdinand, Johnny Evans, Alexander Büttner, Rafael, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Wilfried Zaha and Danny Welbeck all played and the likes of Robin van Persie are set to link up with the squad over the coming days as they head to Sydney, Australia.

Of course we can’t read too much into this friendly defeat, it was just used for fitness. But what is clear to me is that Moyes was testing out some of the fringe players in the squad to see if they should be taken seriously this season. Anderson, Jonny Evans and Fabio come to mind, and new signing Zaha will want to impress to increase his chances of staying at United for the upcoming season. A loan move back to Crystal Palace has been mooted by some.

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Moyes joked about the significance of the loss, but as the opening day of the EPL edges ever closer he must now be getting a pretty good idea of what his starting XI will be.

But is this loss a sign of things to come for United?

“I hope not!” Moyes joked. “If I’m going to lose any games I’m happy to lose these ones. It’s preseason.”We missed a couple of chances at the end which may well have got us something out of the game but the important thing is we got a few of the players through 90 minutes.”

Fitness and building team cohesion. Those are the important things to take out of preseason friendlies. But if you win a few, that certainly helps to build confidence.

And right now Moyes needs help if he’s going to get United firing on all cylinders ahead of a pivotal EPL season.

Meaningless friendly defeat or a warning sign? You decide.

Henry: Arsenal job would be a “dream for me”

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Thierry Henry remains a legend within the ranks of Arsenal, and the former striker says it would “be a dream” if he were to grab hold of the reigns at the London club.

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The Frenchman is currently a commentator in England and an assistant manager for the Belgium national team, however, the ex-Gunner clearly has his sights set on becoming the lead man at Arsenal one day.

“It would be a dream for me,” Henry told Sky Sports. “Interested [in the job]? Yes. Who wouldn’t be?

“But I can’t talk about it because of the respect that I have for the man in charge still, and my job that I’m doing with Belgium right now.”

Long-time manager Arsene Wenger and Henry have remained close for many years, even after Henry exited the Premier League giants, and it would likely take the former to step down from his position for Henry to have a shot at nabbing the job.

Wenger has been in charge at the Emirates Stadium since 1996, and has won three Premier League titles in that span, to go along with the rest of his club’s silverware.

UEFA bans Samir Nasri six months for IV treatment

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Former Premier League midfielder Samir Nasri has been banned for six months by European governing body UEFA for receiving an intravenous drip treatment in Los Angeles, California in December 2016.

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During the time in question, Nasri was on loan from Manchester City with Spanish side Sevilla.

Nasri reportedly received the treatment upon an initial diagnosis from his ex-girlfriend Dr. Sarabjit Anand. He later traveled to LA for the treatment, where a private medical company known as the Drip Doctors, set up the IV drip for Nasri.

The IV was said to have contained sterile water containing 50 milliliters of micronutrient components, which given in an infusion over the span of six hours is considered illegal by the World Anti-doping Agency.

Nasri is without a club at this time, after last appearing for Turkish club Antalyaspor in January. The 30-year-old left the side this winter after making just eight appearances in all competitions.

PSG suffers big blow as Neymar stretchered off against Marseille

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With an important run of fixtures upcoming, including a UEFA Champions League date with Real Madrid, the Parisians received disappointing news on Sunday.

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Despite picking up a 3-0 victory against Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain suffered a massive blow in the second stanza after Neymar was stretchered off the pitch with a right leg injury in the 81st minute.

The Brazilian international appeared to twist his ankle upon landing on the ground after going in for a challenge, although there was no contact when the attacker went down in agony.

Minutes after suffering the apparent ankle injury, Neymar was carried off the field on a stretcher by medical staff, raising questions about his availability in the coming weeks.

PSG faces a crucial run of matches, including Wednesday’s French Cup match against Marseille and their second leg UCL fixture against Real Madrid.

Unai Emery and his side currently trail 3-1 against Los Blancos, as the tie heads back to Paris for the second meeting.

This season, Neymar has tallied 28 goals in all competitions for the Parisians, including six finishes in the UCL, so his potential absence would be a huge blow to PSG’s hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals.

La Liga & Serie A: Griezmann hat-trick paces Atleti, Milan tops Roma

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A roundup of Sunday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights…

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Sevilla 2-5 Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann’s hat-trick helped pace Atletico on Sunday as Diego Simeone and Co. continue to apply pressure to Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Atleti remains seven points behind the Blaugrana in Spain’s top flight, after picking up its 17th victory of the season. The visitors scored twice in the first half with finishes from Diego Costa and Griezmann, before Koke and two more goals from the Frenchman extended the lead to 5-0.

Meanwhile, Sevilla did manage to pull back two late goals through Pablo Sarabia and Nolito, however, it was too late to complete a comeback.

Valencia 2-1 Real Sociedad

A brace from Santi Mina pulled Valencia to within two points of Real Madrid for third place in La Liga. The defeat for Sociedad keeps the bottom half side in 14th place, however, the side has a 10-point cushion above the relegation zone.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Malaga
Villareal 1-0 Getafe

 


Roma 0-2 AC Milan

A big victory for the Milan side has Gennaro Gatusso’s men back in contention for a top five place in Italy. Second-half strikes from Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria helped pace the visitors, as Roma suffered a big blow in the title race. Roma now sits 16 points behind league leaders Napoli, while already having lost earlier in the week to Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League.

 

Elsewhere in Serie A

Crotone 2-3 SPAL
Fiorentina 1-0 Chievo
Hellas 2-1 Torino
Sampdoria 2-1 Udinese
Sassuolo 0-3 Lazio
Juventus vs. Atalanta (POSTPONED)