Manchester United 1 Sevilla 3 match report: Rio Ferdinand testimonial ends in defeat as David Moyes is off to a shaky start
Loss to Primera Division side means Moyes has won just two of his first seven games in charge ahead of Sunday's Community Shield clash with Wigan
Saturday 10 August 2013
David Moyes' difficult start to life at Manchester United continued at Old Trafford tonight as Sevilla spoiled Rio Ferdinand's testimonial.
On-loan Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin was among the scorers for the Primera Division outfit, who were in Montenegro last night to complete a comfortable Europa League victory over Mladost Podgorica.
While it was only a friendly and most of United's senior stars missed out in readiness for Sunday's Community Shield encounter with Wigan at Wembley, it does mean they have won just two of seven pre-season matches since Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer.
Following the failure to make any significant signings to date, and the continued uncertainty over Wayne Rooney's future, the result is hardly the ideal backdrop to a Premier League title defence that starts at Swansea next Saturday.
Yet, speaking to BT Sport immediately before tonight's game, Moyes insisted he has had a "brilliant" five weeks in charge and he was only encountering issues anyone would have come across, including his predecessor.
"Everybody who takes over at Manchester United has testing times," he said.
"Even Sir Alex Ferguson had testing times. It is no different for David Moyes."
Nevertheless, Moyes could not be happy at the ease with which Vitolo and Marin, the latter on a season-long loan from Stamford Bridge, got their first-half goals.
Prior to the double blow, Chilean teenager Angelo Henriquez fired straight at Beto after being sent clean through, while afterwards, Shinji Kagawa should have found the net after being picked out at the far post by Antonio Valencia, only to be thwarted by the visitors' keeper.
Valencia blazed over in first-half stoppage time before Adnan Januzaj was off target with a curling effort just after the break.
Januzaj's presence, along with that of Jesse Lingard, who was introduced at half-time, was a reminder of two young stars that have shone during pre-season.
And the pair combined as the Belgian forced another good save out of Beto before nipping onto the rebound and crossing for Valencia to finish off.
Lingard just failed to finish off Fabio's low cross as he slid in at the far post, while a more experienced United outfit - bolstered by the introductions of Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Wilfired Zaha - began to take control.
Zaha and Carrick both had opportunities to level near the end but were unable to take them.
Valencia celebrates his goal by paying tribute to his late friend and international team-mate Christian Benitez
Restored to England's senior squad for next week's friendly with Scotland, Zaha almost brought United level three minutes from time, only for Beto to make another smart save.
In the end, Bryan Rabello ensured there was no way back for United, although if nothing else, Moyes was able to see the development of his young players continue.
"It is good that we are giving young players a game," he said.
"It has always been part of the tradition of this club and I am looking forward to making that happen.
"There are one or two who make me think they are not far away.
"We will push them and see where we get to."
Actress sees off speculation about her appearance in an amazing way
The Washington Post editor helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein bring down President Nixon
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Latest in Sport
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from spine injury after doing somersault celebration
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Why Isco will provide just as great a threat at Anfield as the injured Gareth Bale would have
Angel Di Maria injury: Manchester United sweat over fitness of record signing as he is in danger of missing Chelsea clash
West Brom vs Manchester United player ratings: Saido Berahino scores highest, whilst Marcos Rojo scores lowest
Video: Boxer Vido Loncar brutally assaults referee following defeat
- 1 Salisbury ranked seventh-best city in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015
- 2 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 3 Banksy has not been arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 5 Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
Worst Airports of 2014: Poll names Islamabad airport in Pakistan worst in the world