Jose Mourinho will this afternoon make his official debut in the premier league as Manchester United manager, so also his three other new signings with the exception of Paul Pogba who is suspended while Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be chasing another debut goal when they take on Bournemouth at Dean Court.
Interestingly, four of the Red Devils five opening-day defeats have come away from home but new manager Mourinho seems to have the magic touch as he has never lost on the opening day of a Premier League season.
However, Bournemouth are tricky customers after their 16th-placed finish last season ensured that they have another crack in the Premier League but one major concern for Eddie Howe is to shore up a defence that shipped in 67 goals last campaign only relegated Aston Villa conceded more.
Howe has brought in the likes of Jordon Ibe, Brad Smith, Nathan Ake to complement the efforts of Callum Wilson, Joshua King, Max Gradel, and Tyrone Mings but will be up against it as Ibrahimovic is seeking to score on his debut like he did in the Community Shield against Leicester City and Galatasaray in his first game for Manchester United.
Manchester United have faced Bournemouth only 10 times in all competitions and today’s game will be just the third league clash between the two sides in the premier league.
Surprisingly, Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last four home meetings with United in all competitions, winning two and drawing two of those games.
Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
A horrible injury last season meant Wilson missed major part of the season but he still ended as joint-topscorer for Bournemouth and will hope for an injury free season as he hopes to shoot the club to premier league safety in their second consecutive year.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
The Swedish icon has made an immediate impact since he arrived Old Trafford from Paris Saint German. He scored the winner in the Community Shield and will hope to do a lot of that in the course of the season as United chase the premier league, Europa, Capital One, and FA Cup titles.
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)
“It is really important we are not in awe of them and that we are not too stand-offi sh.
“We have to respect our opponent but once we go into the match they are like any other player and you treat them as such.
“Ibrahimovic will probably play and he is a great talent.
“It is great to see him here but from our perspective we don’t want to be in awe of him, we want to keep him quiet.
“Really, you could pick any of the United team as a threat, even their full-backs, so we are well aware of the test that we have ahead of us.”
“The experience of playing against the superstar names and the big clubs means you naturally become a bit harder and you know what is coming.
“That will stand us in good stead for sure.”
Jose Mourinho (Manchester United)
“You cannot start like a train. You can start good and in condition to win the match…but not at the highest intensity. It’s not possible.
“I want to go into the Premier League, day one, with 33 training sessions. But half of these players are not here because the players I started with are the players that are going on loan, other players who are going to the under-21 team and the under-18 team.
“Instead of 33 training sessions, which would be the normal situation 10 years ago, 15 years ago, I have guys who are going into the Premier League day one with eight training sessions.”
Bournemouth probable XI: Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Francis, Smith, Surman, Arter, Gradel, King, Ibe, Wilson
Manchester United probable XI: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic
Bournemouth 0-3 Manchester United