Written by Ben Oliver
The first Super Sunday game of the 2016/17 Premier League saw AFC Bournemouth host Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium. The game was Jose Mourinho’s first Premier League match as the manager of Manchester United, in which he handed full debuts to two of his new signings, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe also gave two of his new signings their debuts, with Lewis Cook and Jordon Ibe both starting for the Cherries.
Mourinho got off to the ideal start with a 3-1 victory over Eddie Howe’s men, which also included a debut goal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The game was fairly even for large spells of the game, but individual errors from the Cherries allowed Manchester United to take control and ease to a comfortable victory.
We rate the players performances below:
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Artur Boruc- 6/10
Made some brilliant saves to keep the score down and couldn’t have done much about any of the goals.
Adam Smith- 7.5/10
Had a good game, kept Martial fairly quiet and scored a really good goal to give Bournemouth a bit of hope.
Simon Francis- 4.5/10
Had a shocker for Manchester United’s opening goal, firstly leaving his pass back to Boruc short and then having the ball rebound off him into Mata for him to tap it into an open goal.
Steve Cook- 5.5/10
Didn’t do too much wrong and tidied up well at times. However, misplaced a number of passes and struggled more as the game went on.
Charlie Daniels 5/10
Pinned back in his own half for large proportions of the game, but when he had the chance to break forward he didn’t take it. Looked a yard off the pace.
Andrew Surman- 5.5/10
Started the game well and was good in possession but struggled massively defensively and left Bournemouth’s defence vulnerable at times.
Harry Arter- 6/10
Put in a good shift and never gave up, but struggled against the physicality of Fellaini.
Lewis Cook- 7.5/10
A hugely promising debut for the teenager who looked as if he had been playing Premier League football for years. Looked very composed on the ball and put a good shift in.
Jordon Ibe- 6/10
Lacked the cutting edge but looked good on the ball and was always trying to make things happen. A lot more to come from the former Liverpool man.
Callum Wilson- 5.5/10
Didn’t touch the ball a huge amount and was isolated at times. Struggled against the very impressive Eric Bailly.
Joshua King- 6/10
Looked dangerous when he was on the ball but wasn’t comfortable defensively and was at fault for United’s 2nd goal.
David De Gea- 6
Didn’t have too much to do, wasn’t at fault for the Bournemouth goal and also made a brilliant save towards the end of the game.
Antonio Valencia- 7.5
Played very well, especially defensively. Helped keep the Bournemouth front 3 quiet. His persistence and cross helped make the 2nd goal.
Eric Bailly- 9
Without a doubt my Man of the Match. Did not put a foot wrong and looks like he could be a brilliant signing from Mourinho.
Daley Blind- 7
Was solid at the back and looked good on the ball, made some good challenges on Wilson to keep him quiet.
Luke Shaw- 6
Grew into the game and started to look more like the Luke Shaw we saw before his long term injury, but did look hesitant early on.
Marouane Fellaini- 7.5
Had a really good game and made it very difficult for Arter and Surman due to his physicality. Won the midfield battle and therefore helped influence the game.
Ander Herrera- 5.5
Possibly United’s worst performer, misplaced a number of long passes and was the only midfielder than the Bournemouth midfield had any joy against.
Juan Mata- 7.5
Had an impressive game and surely put to bed the rumours of him moving elsewhere. Showed persistence for the first goal in which he tapped into an open net. Always managed to find space that the Bournemouth midfield had left.
Wayne Rooney- 6
Wasn’t his finest game but he did score a goal and also played some lovely long passes when he dropped deeper.
Anthony Martial- 6
Was always looking to create something when he got the ball. However wasn’t his day and wasn’t involved too much during the game.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 7.5
Had a very quiet first half, but grew into the game in the second half. He played Rooney through 1 on 1 and then popped up with an impressive goal from distance.
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