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Manchester United arrived in Bangkok on schedule this morning and new manager David Moyes and new player-coach Ryan Giggs were taken immediately to Sirirat Hospital where they left get-well messages for Their Majesties the King and Queen.

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New manager David Moyes wais before photos of Their Majesties the King and Queen at Sirirat hospital. PHRAKIT JANTAWONG

Ryan Giggs, who is now a Manchester United coach as well as a player, looks well-protected as he enters the hospital. PHRAKIT JANTAWONG

Manchester United arrives on schedule

The Manchester United football team arrived on schedule and within hours new manager David Moyes and new player-coach Ryan Giggs were taken to Sirirat Hospital where they left get-well messages for Their Majesties the King and Queen.

The players themselves will make public appearances a bit later. One top star will be missing, however. Robin van Persie, who played for the Netherlands in a post-season trip to Indonesia and China, will meet up with the team in Sydney next week. Japan's Shinji Kagawa will also miss the match in Bangkok.

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney glances at the waiting media while Rio Ferdinand (back) makes a video recording.

This afternoon the team is holding a football clinic at Singha Football Park at Muang Thong Thani. The Red Devils will conduct several football clinics during their stay in Thailand.

Seventeen Man Utd players are expected to compete in the friendly match on Saturday -  Anders Lindegaard, Ben Amos, Rafael da Silva, Patrice Evra, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Michael Keane, Alexander Büttner, Michael Carrick, Jesse Lingard, Adnan Januzaj, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Wilfried Zaha, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney.

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English Premier League champions arrived in Bangkok toda, but without their retired manager Alex Ferguson. The team will play pre-season friendly against Thailand's Singha All-Star team on Saturday. AFP

United arriving Thursday

Tor Chittinand

David Moyes has replaced Sir Aliex Ferguson as Manchester United manager.

English Premier League champions Manchester United will touch down in Bangkok Thursday before their pre-season friendly against Thailand's Singha All-Star team on Saturday.

The match at Rajamangala National Stadium will be a part of the 80th anniversary celebration of Singha Corporation, the club's global partner.

United will arrive in Bangkok with their new manager, David Moyes, who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season.

The team will arrive at Don Mueang airport at 8:30am with star players like Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Nemanya Vidic and Ryan Giggs, who joined the club's coaching staff at the weekend.

Upon their arrival, the team will go to Siriraj hospital to sign the get-well book for Their Majesties the King and the Queen.

In the afternoon, United players will conduct a football clinic – the 'Manchester United Soccer School' – at Singha Football Park ground at Muang Thong Thani. Moyes will then lead the players out for a training session at 4pm.

On Friday, the players will begin training at 9:30am and some of them will conduct another football clinic at Singha Football Park. The team will train at the Rajamangala National Stadium in the evening. The session will be open for fans to attend.

On match day, there will be activities arranged by Singha Corporation, starting at 3pm. The gate will open at 5pm and the match will kick off at 8pm with a live telecast on Channel 9.

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anniversary : a date when you celebrate something that happened in a previous year that is important to you - วันครบรอบ

celebration : a party or special event at which you celebrate something such as a birthday, a festival or a religious holiday - การฉลอง

clinic (noun): an occasion when an expert teaches a class on their subject -

conduct : to carry out — - ดำเนิน

global : throughout the world - ทั่วโลก

live : happening now, i.e., not recorded earlier - ถ่ายทอดสด

replace : to put a new person or thing in the place of someone or something - แทน

retired : no longer working because you have reached the age where you are officially too old to work or you want to stop working - เกษียณอายุ

session (noun): noun - a period of time used for a particular activity

telecast (noun): a programme broadcast on television - การออกอากาศทางโทรทัศน์

touch down : (of a plane or other aircraft) to make contact with the ground as it lands - นำลง (เครื่องบิน)


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