Man Utd mobbed as Asian tours start
11 July 2013, 12:04
Bangkok - Hundreds of cheering fans greeted Manchester United Thursday as they
arrived in Thailand with new manager David Moyes at the start of a busy
pre-season of Asian tours by European clubs.
A smiling Moyes performed a traditional Thai bow and greeting to
supporters and media as the squad, looking tired and wearing suits with
trainers, arrived by private jet at Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport.
The visitors then boarded a huge bus emblazoned with the words "United
in Thailand" and drove to their five-star downtown hotel, where they
were welcomed by more fans holding banners and scarves.
Moyes and United great Ryan Giggs also drew crowds for their visit to
Siriraj hospital, where they paid their respects and brought a large
bunch of flowers for Thailand's revered king and queen, who are both
England striker Wayne Rooney, at the centre of intense speculation about
his future after he asked for a transfer, walked with his head down and
did not talk to media as he arrived with his teammates.
Moyes, taking over after Alex Ferguson's 27-year, 38-trophy career at
the club, will lead out the team for the first time against a Thai
All-Star XI in Bangkok on Saturday.
Manchester United are the first to arrive in what will be a bumper Asian
pre-season for European clubs, with Chelsea also due in Bangkok this
week and Barcelona, Manchester City and Liverpool among the other clubs
headed to the region.
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