David Moyes could do without the absentees list but at least he has a clutch of young players who have the chance to shine
By the close of this defeat to the Singha All-Star XI in Bangkok the absentee list had risen to double figures as Alexander Büttner limped off to make it 10 of David Moyes's first-team squad who are either crocked or still away resting following international commitments. While the left-back has a tight hamstring and might recover soon, the manager could do without any more headaches in this department.
The flipside of so many being not available to Moyes is that a clutch of young players headed by Zaha have chance to shine. Moyes needs to see far more of Zaha as he joined up with United only on Monday but following a bright display when entering as a second-half replacement he could end this three-week marathon as a promising member of the new manager's squad.
With Anders Lindegaard's future uncertain as the Danish goalkeeper continues to consider a move away from Old Trafford, Amos was given a chance in Moyes's first outing as manager. Amos conceded the sole goal of the game but this was hardly his fault, later tweeting: "Thanks to everyone who came to watch our game tonight! Happy to get a game! Shame about deflected goal but that's football! #OnToTheNextOne." The rest of his display was assured, stopping the score being greater as the Singha All Star captain, Teeratep Winothai, continually broke clear only to be repelled by Amos.
The statistic the 22-year-old will use as motivation is the just two strikes he managed last season in United colours. But given that many of his appearances were as a substitute or when being fielded out of position by Sir Alex Ferguson there were mitigating circumstances. Against the All Star XI Welbeck had chances yet failed to find the finish that would have boosted his confidence. But he will get other opportunities on tour: Robin van Persie's arrival in Sydney this week will still allow Moyes only two front men from whom to choose.