Bournemouth v Manchester United tips – Cherry pickings for Red Devils
Manchester United launch their 2016/17 Premier League campaign with a trip to the south coast when they take on Bournemouth on Sunday.
August 12th, 2016
To be fair, United were far from their best last season and an underwhelming campaign returned an FA Cup and nothing else, a bitter disappointment for an army of fans accustomed to far greater things. There was no shortage of cash splashed by Louis van Gaal but this counted for nothing as United’s race for the title never got into top gear.
Was it a huge surprise that the Dutchman paid the price with his job? Not really and with Jose Mourinho linked with the Old Trafford job for some time, it wasn’t a shock to see him appointed as manager during the summer.
Mourinho certainly has an excellent pedigree and he has already delivered a piece of silverware in the form of the Community Shield, not a major trophy we agree but a clear indication of United’s intentions in 2016/17.
The serious stuff is now set to start and Mourinho has been his usual ‘unrealistic’ self, by his own admission. “I like to create that expectation and I like the players to feel it,” he said. “Sometimes, during my career, I created some unrealistic targets. By doing that, you push the team to unexpected levels – to win the Champions League with Porto and Inter is unexpected. Those were very risky objectives and targets.
“To win championships in the first season is a bit of the same, but I like that. People analyse it as arrogance and so on but that’s not a problem for me. The reality is that I always feel that targets like this can only help players, managers, clubs and this kind of establishment.”
The Red Devils are 18/5 second favourites to finish in pole position at the end of the season and Mourinho hasn’t exactly been shy and retiring in the summer transfer market with Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan being joined by Paul Pogba, an indication that United mean business.
An early message to their main title rivals can be sent on Sunday with a win over a Bournemouth side who can give themselves a pat on the back for their successful efforts in remaining in the Premier League. Indeed, the Red Devils suffered defeat to the Cherries in the corresponding fixture last season and will be out to avenge this when the sides go head-to-head at the Vitality Stadium this weekend. At backable odds of 3/4 with Paddy Power, we’ll be going for a Red Devils victory on Sunday although you can grab yourself some better value by looking elsewhere.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is certain to make his mark in this match and whilst the Swedish star may not be enjoying the prime of youth, he is an undoubted talent who will be eager to impress in his first Premier League game for United. He has managed 235 goals in his stints with PSG, AC Milan, Barcelona, Inter and Juventus and scored the winner against Leicester City in the Community Shield. Who would bet against him scoring on Sunday? We won’t be.
Our betting tip: Back Ibrahimovic to score and United to win at 2/1 with Ladbrokes