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“I'm still getting to know my players. I have several players back home who I've not met yet because of international duties. I don't have a starting XI for the Swansea game formulated in my head yet. We still have three games before the season starts. We'll look at it then.”

- David Moyes

26/07/2013 07:54, Report by Mark Froggatt

Moyes: First XI not set

David Moyes insists he is yet to formulate a starting XI for Manchester United’s opening match of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season against Swansea City.

The match, to be held at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 17 August, will be the manager’s first top-flight outing in charge of the Reds following the retirement of his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, adding to the intrigue of what is already a traditionally exciting fixture.

However, despite working closely with his recently acquired squad of champions during this summer’s Tour 2013 presented by Aon, Moyes is yet to decide on a favoured team and would like to evaluate his players further before the big kick off.

“I'm still getting to know my players,” David explains. “I have several players back home who I've not met yet because of international duties. I don't have a starting XI for the Swansea game formulated in my head yet. We still have three games before the season starts. We'll look at it then.”

The first of those three remaining matches is Monday’s clash with Kitchee FC in Hong Kong, where heavy rain has made for difficult playing conditions in recent weeks. And although the boss is concerned, he remains hopeful of improvements.

“I do have concerns about the surface but it's mainly due to the weather and that's an act of God, so we can't do anything about that. We'll travel to Hong Kong tomorrow and hopefully find the conditions improved and the pitch in a better state than it's been in recently.”

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