Bournemouth 1 – 3 Manchester United – Manchester United began their 2016/17 Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win away at Bournemouth.
Juan Mata had been gifted a goal by the Bournemouth defense at the end of the 1st half, and goals by Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the second half gave United a 3-goal lead. Adam Smith had pulled one back for Bournemouth, but it was not enough to stop United from shooting to the top of the table.
“It was a difficult game,” Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports. “We weren’t 100 per cent in the first half, we couldn’t play our game, but we had more space in the second half and could play our game. But it was important to start good.”
“It’s not easy,” Zlatan said after playing his first Premier League game. “A new environment, new stadiums, clubs, team-mates. I just play my game.”
“I try to do my job and help my team-mates. The first objective is to win, and it’s also good if I score. But it’s the same importance whoever scores.”
“It’s always important to win your first game,” club captain Rooney added. “We looked dangerous on the counter-attack and created chances.
“We have made a real statement bringing in four great signings and the new manager. There is a lot of excitement from ourselves and the fans.
Rooney added that he didn’t feel threatened by any of the new signings saying: “I’ve not had to prove anything to anyone. I’ve been playing a long time. I believe I’m good enough to play.”