Manchester United’s ‘Man of the Match’ in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth

Manchester United’s ‘Man of the Match’ in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth

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The Jose Mourinho era at Manchester United got off to a wonderful start as the 20-time English champions won comfortably in Bournemouth with three stars scoring in the process.

Juan Mata of all people would open the season scoring in the 40th minute after a careless back pass led to the Spaniard slotting the first goal of the match and United taking the early 1-0 lead just minutes before the end of a lackluster first half.

Prior to that it was captain Wayne Rooney who had the first chance of the match but the all-time England leading goal scorers’ shot was low and right at Artur Boruc, the Bournemouth keeper.

Rooney would get another chance just after the break when Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent Rooney through with a flick and although the 30-year-old would be able to muscle the Steve Cook off the ball, Boruc once again denied Rooney of the goal.

However, it was in the 59th minute when the captain finally got on the scoresheet with a well-placed header that found the back of the net after Anthony Martial had scuffed his cross from Antonio Valencia.

The highlight of the match was United’s third and final goal when Ibrahimovic struck the ball 25 yards from goal and the inch perfect shot found the back of the net.

Besides the outstanding goal, Ibrahimovic would finish the match with three aerial duels won and a total of two shots, which led him to be United’s Player of the Match in his Premier league debut win.

Southampton are next for Mourinho’s squad when they welcome them to Old Trafford this Friday night.