Here's Everything You Need To Know About Manchester United's Opening Premier League Game On Sunday

The Mourinho era gets underway...

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The return of Pogba, Zlatan signed up and Mourinho in the dugout. Fair to say that was a dream summer. 

Correct. Most United fans will be more than satisfied with the club's business particularly after the misery that has been the past three seasons. 

So which team is first in the firing line then?

United kick off the new Premier League campaign with the long trip south to Bournemouth. 

Bournemouth away? Quite the trek. Can I catch it on the telly?

Yep. The match will be aired on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday with a kick-off time of 1.30pm. 

Sweet. I'm sure José will have his troops ready to fly out of the blocks. 

Hmmm...

While United appear to be building a team of Galacticos, questions remain over whether they are fully prepared for the new campaign. 

Pre-season was quite disruptive. A sponsor-friendly jaunt to China was something of a disaster with adverse weather conditions forcing the cancellation of the glamour friendly against rivals City in Beijing. 

This led to United only playing four warm-up games before last weeks's somewhat fortuitous Community Shield victory over Leicester City. 

Not ideal then. Surely Bournemouth won't cause too many problems?

Don't underestimate them, particularly as they beat United 2-1 on their last trip to Dean Court back in December. 

During the summer, Cherries manager Eddie Howe was touted as a potential successor to outgoing England manager Roy Hodgson. 

Bournemouth finished 16th last season and were never really threatened by relegation despite being hotly-tipped to go down. 

I stand corrected. But I can't imagine they'll deal with the threat of Paul Pogba too well. The world's most expensive player ever and all that...

That he is but Bournemouth won't have to deal with him. Pogba is suspended for the match having picked up two bookings in the Coppa Italia for Juventus last season.You can check out Mourinho's thoughts on that here.

That's a strange one. Any other players missing?

Nope. Mourinho has reported a clean bill of health. So you can look forward to watching Pogba's fellow new signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly make their Premier League debuts. 

Perhaps United will line up something like this: 

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Still a decent team, that. Let the good times roll. Cheers.

Steady on. 

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James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.

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