“Zlatan the Great starts his trek for a seventh successive debut season title across five countries.
“Jose must make do without the world’s most expensive player and says his players are ‘undercooked’. Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, fit and almost like a new signing, can certainly feast on any raw spots in the United defence.
“The Cherries have strengthened sensibly but must beware second-season syndrome. Don’t gauge their season on this one though!”
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe on the new season: “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.”
Manchester United manager 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.”
I think the Cherries are in for another solid season but Manchester United will be in the hunt for the title this season, and I think they will begin with a win.