Mourinho era starts with a bang

Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho at the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Manchester United, on August 14.
Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho at the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Manchester United, on August 14.PHOTO: AFP

The Jose Mourinho era at Manchester United began in emphatic fashion yesterday, as his side imperiously brushed aside Bournemouth 3-1 at Vitality Stadium. Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, making his English Premier League debut, were on target as the Portuguese manager, desperate to restore his reputation after being sacked by Chelsea, enjoyed an encouraging return to the touchline.

United, without world-record- signing Paul Pogba, who was suspended, were denied a clean sheet, but they secured success in an arena where they had succumbed under former manager Louis van Gaal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2016, with the headline 'Mourinho era starts with a bang'. Print Edition | Subscribe