Bournemouth fans react to United defeat on Twitter

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action with Bournemouth's Adam Smith

Bournemouth began their 2016/17 Premier League campaign with a 3-1 defeat at home to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired Manchester United.

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring their third goalManchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring on his Premier League debut

Eddie Howe's side fell behind towards the end of the first half when Juan Mata - starting despite rumours of unrest after he was subbed off during the Community Shield - found the net from close range. 

United looked threatening throughout today's match and were rewarded by two further goals in the 59th and 64th minute via a Wayne Rooney header and a 25-yard effort from Ibrahimovic.

The Swedish striker continued his remarkable run of scoring on his domestic debuts, having also found the net in his first games in top flight football in Italy, Spain and France.

Bournemouth defender Adam Smith managed a consolation effort, but the Red Devils were good value for their 3-1 victory.

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action with Bournemouth's Adam SmithAdam Smith may have got on the scoresheet, but he struggled to shackle new man Ibrahimovic

Manager Howe wasn't overly critical of his side when he spoke to Sky Sports after the game.

"I thought the team in general functioned pretty well," he said.

He added: "We gifted them the goal and you can't do that with any team in the Premier League. We have done it to the very best today. You just have to go again."

There was mixed reaction on Twitter from fans and neutrals alike, with some supporters bemoaning the lack of tactical changes from Howe, whilst many fans and even United supporters showed encouragement to the Cherries. There was also praise for the performance of new signing Lewis Cook.

Bournemouth continue the start to the Premier League season with a visit to West Ham's new ground, the Olympic Stadium, in Sunday's 4pm kick-off.

Meanwhile Jose Mourinho's men play their first Friday night fixture as Southampton pay a visit to Old Trafford.

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