Bournemouth 1 Man United 3
Manchester United Factsbook Report: Bournemouth 1 Manchester United 3, Vitality Stadium, English Premier League, August 14, 2016. Jose Mourinho was well pleased after his Manchester United team had comfortably defeated Bournemouth 3-1 at Vitality Stadium. Midfielder Juan Mata gave United the lead in the first period, while forwards Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic added a goal each for the visitors after the resumption of play before Adam Smith netted a late consolation for The Cherries.
Jose Mourinho´s Manchester United Squad for the 2016-17 campaign included goalkeepers David de Gea, Sam Johnstone, and Sergio Romero; defenders Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Sadik El-Fitouri, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, and Chris Smalling; midfielders Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Antonio Valencia, and Ashley Young; and forwards Memphis Depay, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Wayne Rooney. After defeating reigning Premiership Champions Leicester City 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in the FA Community Shield, FA Cup holders Manchester United kicked off the new Premier League season with a match against Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium. The South Coasters nearly went into the lead after a mere four minutes of action when England player Luke Shaw failed to control a looping cross from Charlie Daniels and the loose ball was grabbed by Callum Wilson, only for the former Coventry City favourite to shoot wide from the edge of the six-yard box. Manchester United, who were without £89 million signing Paul Pogba because of suspension, also had an early chance as Juan Mata sent a lofted pass towards Wayne Rooney in the ninth minute of proceedings, but the opportunity was thwarted by Simon Francis. As the first half progressed, though, United gradually took control of the game and Mata gave the visitors the upper hand after a dreadful back pass from Francis just a mere five minutes ahead of the interval.
Following the intermission, Rooney registered a second goal for Manchester United with a well placed header from some six yards out fourteen minutes into second half, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic made the score 3-0 to the visiting outfit with a low shot from outside the eighteen-yard area four minutes past the hour mark, before Adam Smith recorded a consolation goal for Bournemouth when the previous England U21 defender ferociously hammered the ball past away shot stopper David de Gea and into the top right-hand corner of the net five minutes later. Manchester United definitely parked the bus afterwards, and with three points more or less assured, the special one decided to replace Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, and Wayne Rooney with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Memphis Depay respectively during the closing stages of the clash. In other season openers, Hull City surprisingly beat Leicester City by two goals to one at KCOM Stadium, Manchester City defeated Sunderland two-one at Etihad Stadium, Middlesbrough were held to a one-all draw against Stoke City at Riverside Stadium, Burnley were beaten one-nil by Swansea City at Turf Moor, Southampton drew one-all with Watford St Mary’s Stadium, Crystal Palace succumbed to a one-nil loss at the hands of West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur played out a one-all draw at Goodison Park, Liverpool edged out Arsenal by four goals to three at Emirates Stadium, and Chelsea overcame West Ham United by two-one at Stamford Bridge where Diego Costa hit the winner for The Blues in the final minute.
Jose Mourinho, who had succeeded Louis van Gaal three months earlier, was in a refreshingly good mood following the professional and comfortable 3-1 win over Bournemouth on the opening weekend of the season. At the press conference after the encounter with Eddie Howe´s men, the newly hired Manchester United boss told the press that he was delighted with his team´s collective effort and also praised his players for following his bus-parking tactics to the letter in the second half of proceedings. Jose Mourinho: “I am very happy. Bournemouth always start with great intensity, but we kept our control. We weren’t surprised and then we started playing. Instead of going for a bigger result you have to try to control. We went for that and we were always in control. I am happy with the team.” Bournemouth Team: Artur Boruc, Steve Cook, Adam Smith, Charlie Daniels, Simon Francis, Harry Arter, Lewis Cook, Drew Surman, Jordon Ibe, Josh King, Callum Wilson. Substitutes: Nathan Ake, Brad Smith, Dan Gosling, Max Gradel, Benik Afobe, Lewis Grabban, Adam Federici. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Valencia, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mata, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Marcos Rojo, Memphis Depay, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick, Marcus Rashford, Sergio Romero.
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