England glamor club Manchester United arrived in Sydney Sunday for a match against an A-League All Stars team, made more important after a shock loss to Thailand's All Stars in their first match under new manager David Moyes.
United was beaten 1-0 in Bangkok on Saturday by the Thai lineup and will be searching for a better result when they play the A-League side, captained by Brett Emerton, in Sydney next weekend.
Players including Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand signed autographs for a few dozen fans who greeted the team at Sydney Airport.
Former defender Phil Neville, who is now an assistant manager, noted Australia's perilous position in the first Ashes cricket test against England in a Twitter post.
Neville said "would be nice to wrap up the first test today and rub it in with the locals here in Sydney."