Manchester United will face AFC Bournemouth in the first game week of new English Premier League 2016/2017 season in the Vitality Stadium. The match will kick-off at 1 pm BST, or 8 am EST, and will be officiated be veteran Premier League referee Andre Marriner.
Manchester United’s game against Bournemouth will be the first league game for newly appointed boss Jose Mourinho in his new club, and he will surely want to open his account with a win. The “special one” took rein at Manchester United after previous manager Louis van Gaal was sacked from the club citing underwhelming results, despite winning the FA cup title in May.
Bournemouth: Team News
Bournemouth fans are very eager for the debut of their record signing Jordan Ibe, who arrived at the club from Liverpool this summer. The Englishman is tipped for great success in his career, and he will have to deliver for Bournemouth, sooner rather than later, to justify his £15 million (roughly $19 million) price tag.
Winger Junior Stanislas will miss the game according to the BBC, so manager Eddie Howe has a slight headache over whom to play in the position of his preferred player.
Last season, Bournemouth defeated Manchester United in this fixture with 2-1 scoreline, but that was a totally different Manchester United side and this time the home side will have to work their socks off to have any chance of victory against Jose Mourinho’s men.
Bournemouth: Predicted Starting Line-up
Boruc – Francis, Smith, Steve Cook, Daniels – Gradel, Surman, Arter, Ibe – Afobe, Wilson
Manchester United: Team News
Despite signing Paul Pogba for world record fee of £100 million (roughly $129 million) in a sensational deal with Juventus, Manchester United will not have the luxury of playing him in the opening game of the new season. This is due to the ban Pogba received when playing in Juventus. But Jose Mourinho need not to worry about this so much as he can field other stellar names such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who are players recently arrived in United.
Club captain Wayne Rooney is expected to play, leading his team against Bournemouth. Anthony Martial will also start for the Manchester side, who begins second season at the club following his big money arrival from AS Monaco last summer.
As per the ESPN, Manchester United manager Mourinho was positive when asked about his team chances in this season.
“I think Manchester United has to say we want to win the title.
“At the end of the season if we are not champions because someone is better than us then great, that’s football. But at Manchester United Football Club you cannot say differently, we have to fight for the title.”
Manchester United: Predicted Starting Line-up
De Gea –Valencia, Shaw, Blind, Bailly – Carrick, Schneiderlin – Martial, Rooney, Mkhitaryan – Ibrahimovic
Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Head to Head results
These two teams have played against each other only last season with each side claiming victory in their home games. As mentioned earlier, Bournemouth shocked the 20 times Premier League champions sensationally, however Manchester United came out on top in the reverse fixture, with 3-1 scoreline.
Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Prediction
It is no secret that Manchester United will be heading into the game as massive favorites. The Red Devils simply have too much quality than their rivals and can boast some of the biggest players in the world football. David De Gea and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are the names that put fear into the heart of any opposition team and manager Howe should know that better. Having claiming victory over last season’s champions Leicester City in Community Shield, which marks the official season opener in England, Manchester United will be in confident mood, and is expected to take all three points.
Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Betting Tips
(Odds via Paddy Power)
1. Manchester United win: 17/20
2. A Draw: 13/5
3. Bournemouth win: 10/3
4: Both teams to score: 5/6
5: Scoreless draw: 5/6
Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Live Stream
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