MOURINHO’S 1ST EPL MATCH: BOURNEMOUTH 1 UNITED 3

Barclays Premier League | 14 August 2016 | Vitality Stadium | Scorers: A. Smith 69′ | Mata 40′, Rooney 64′, Ibrahimovic 69′
Goldsands Stadium . Bournemouth
Bournemouth

Bournemouth
0-1-0, 20th Premier League
1
Adam Smith 69′
Final
Manchester United

Manchester United
1-0-0, 1st Premier League
3
Z. Ibrahimovic 64′ W. Rooney 59′ &     J. Mata 40′

Jose Mourinho began his Manchester United reign in the English Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth.

Juan Mata put the Reds ahead after capitalizing on a defensive area just before the break. Captain Wayne Rooney headed a second after the interval, before the impressive Zlatan Ibrahimovic drilled home from 25 yards. An Adam Smith strike gave Bournemouth consolation.

Mourinho made two changes as Jesse Lingard who had earlier picked up a knock in the Community Shield game and Michael Carrick made way for Mata and Ander Herrera. There were Premier League debuts for Eric Bailly alongside Daley Blind, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and, later in the match, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while Antonio Valencia notched his 250th appearance for the Red Devils.

HALF-TIME STATS
Possession: Bournemouth 51% United 49%
Shots: Bournemouth 3 United 5
Shots on target: Bournemouth 0 United 3
Corners: Bournemouth 0 United 2

United . Bournemouth & United

FULL-TIME STATS
Possession: Bournemouth 47% United 53%
Shots: Bournemouth 5 United 11
Shots on target: Bournemouth 1 United 7
Corners: Bournemouth 2 United 2

TEAMS
United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Fellaini, Herrera; Mata (Mkhitaryan 75), Rooney (c) (Memphis 89), Martial (Schneiderlin 85); Ibrahimovic.

Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis (c), A.Smith, S.Cook, Daniels, Arter, L.Cook (Gradel 82), Surman, King, Ibe (Afobe 68), Wilson (Grabban 67).

United celebrate goal over Bournemouth

REACTION FROM THE BOSS & THE RED DEVILS
“I’m really happy. It’s just the start; we need to improve every day. But we won and that’s the most important thing.” – Jose Mourinho

“It’s always nice when you’re scoring. I had a couple of chances and maybe could have got one more, but I was pleased with my overall performance and getting the goal and the three points.” – Wayne Rooney

“I always try to create some chances to help my team-mates. Whoever scored, it wouldn’t have been important, we just wanted to get the win and start the Premier League season well. It feels good [to be in the Premier League]. I feel alive.” – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“The new guys are good and bring quality. Zlatan had one chance and got one goal which is good for us. [Eric] Bailly was strong defensively and in the Premier League we need that and we hope he can continue like that.” – Marouane Fellaini

Up Man U!         

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