Date: 14th August 2016 at 5:31pm
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Down on the south-coast this Sunday lunch-time Manchester United got off to winning start in the opening fixture of their 2016 / 2017 Premier League campaign.

With Paul Pogba suspended, Jose Mourinho chose to give Zlatan Ibrahimovic his United debut and Eric Bailly also started, however Henrikh Mkhitaryan had to make do with a place on the bench with Juan Mata preferred in midfield.

The opening exchanges were very cagey with neither goalkeeper coming under real threat, Martial flashed a shot wide whilst a tempting cross in saw Ibrahimovic clash heads with a defender as he tried to force a header home.

However, on the stroke of half time Manchester United did take the lead. A poor back-pass from Simon Francis saw Juan Mata thwarted by Boruc in the Bournemouth goal but the keepers clearance rebounded off of Francis to give Mata the easiest of chances to roll the ball into the empty net.

United started the second half well and Rooney was in the thick of the action. Bursting into the penalty area Rooney appeared to have his heels clipped and tumbled over, however Andre Marriner was having none of it and waved play on.

Seven minutes into the half though Rooney got his revenge when a speculative shot from Martial took a wicked deflection allowing Rooney to take time before guiding the looping ball into the net past Boruc.

Ibrahimovic, deciding he was now the Manchester United free kick taker, saw Boruc punch clear one effort from twenty yards out but the Bournemouth keeper could do nothing about a low shot from the Swede that slipped inside the far post to give United a 3-0 lead and Ibrahimovic his first goal in the Premier League.

However, Mourinho was denied the clean-sheet he would of liked when Adam Smith slipped into the box, collected the ball, stepped inside a defender and crashed a shot past De Gea to make it 3-1.

Bournemouth mounted a late rally but were denied a second goal when De Gea dived low-down to push an effort around the post.

Three points to Manchester United and a good start to the season.