United cruise to easy win at AFC Bournemouth
August 18 2016
The Premier League era under Jose Mourinho kicked-off with a comfortable 3-1 victory at AFC Bournemouth, making it two from two for United’s new manager.
United kicked-off the new league campaign in the same vein they ended the previous one; with a 3-1 win over the south coast club.
Juan Mata Garcia opened the scoring for the Red Devils before half-time, with Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic also on target.
Adam Smith's goal for the Cherries just before the 70-minute mark ultimately proved consolation, failing to spark a late Bournemouth fightback.
Despite the absence of new signing Paul Pogba through suspension, United were comfortable throughout. Summer acquisition Henrikh Mkhitaryan was also left on the bench, which must be regarded as good news for Mata.
The Spanish midfielder took advantage of a defensive mix-up, to break the deadlock; with Rooney later turning home after a mis-hit from Anthony Martial fell into his path.
A fine, long-range effort from Ibra put United three to the good, with the Swedish frontman’s emphatic finish building on his winning header in the Community Shield. A nice finish from Smith reduced the arrears, but United deserved this opening day win and head into their first home game under Mourinho, against Southampton on Friday evening, brimming with confidence.
Full Time – AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United
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