Jose Mourinho is set to begin his maiden Premier League title race as Manchester United are set to lock horns with Bournemouth in the opening match day.

The Red Devils saw much-needed quality added to their attack which failed to terrorize opposition defenses last season which has resulted in the club not qualifying for Champions League.

New manager, new players, and the club are looking for a fresh start this season and are tipped to be one of the contenders for the Premier League title this season.

The onus is on Manchester United as they are under heavy pressure to deliver results after their summer spree which brought the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba to Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth have brought in Liverpool duo (Brad Smith and Jordan Ibe) and have also secured Nathan Ake from Chelsea on a season-long deal. The club will try to remain in Premier League as they might not provide much threat to highly decorated Manchester United on the opening day.

Team News:

Paul Pogba will miss the fixture as he is banned by FA for the ban he faced during the last game he played for Juventus. Chris Smalling will also miss the fixture as he is also banned.

Bournemouth winger Junior Stanislas will also miss the season opener due to an injury.

Who Said What

Jose Mourinho: “We feel that we are candidates to win the title. Many more think the same way as us but they are afraid to say it. They prefer to play a defensive game in words.

“I think Manchester United has to say we want to win the title. At the end of the season, if we are not champions because someone is better than us then great, that’s football.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “I am expecting it to be harder (than last season).

“I think the quality of the league has gone up when you look at the quality of managers that have come in, the players that have been attracted to the league and the money that has been spent.

“I think we have improved but I think everybody else will have at the same time so the challenge is going to be tougher – and we need to make sure we respond.”

Prediction:

Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United

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