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Premier League: AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Man United

Ibrahimovic scores United's third

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his Premier League debut with a spectacular goal as Manchester United started the season with a 3-1 win at AFC Bournmouth.

The striker expertly arrowed a 30-yard strike into the bottom left corner of the goal 64 minutes into his first match in English league football.

Juan Mata put Jose Mourinho on course for a victory in his first league match as Man Utd manager shortly before half-time.

The ball bobbled off AFC Bournemouth captain Simon Francis, who had played Mata in with an underhit backpass in the same passage of play, and the Spaniard tapped into an empty net.

Wayne Rooney added United’s second when he cleverly headed across Boruc after Anthony Martial’s scuffed volley fell into his path, before Ibrahimovic struck in superb fashion.

Adam Smith scored a brilliant goal of his own to give the hosts hope, turning past his marker and blasting into the top corner from just inside the penalty area after a clever pass from substitute Lewis Grabban.

But it was just a consolation as former Chelsea manager Mourinho enjoyed a fine start to his tenure at Man Utd.


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