Manchester United only found out on Wednesday their £89m signing Paul Pogba will be carrying over a one-game ban from Juventus. Chris Smalling is also banned following his sending off in the FA Cup final. Luke Shaw, 21, will play in his first Premier League match since his double leg break in September 2015.
New signings Zlatan Ibrahimović, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all expected to make their debuts in the starting eleven. Mkhitaryan is taking Jesse Lingard’s place as the young winger is doubtful, and the only other absentee through injury is Cameron Borthwich-Jackson.
Provisional squad: De Gea, Shaw, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan, Romero, Rojo, Rashford, Schneiderlein, Fellaini, Mata, Depay, Jones.
Manchester United will line up in Mourinho’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation with Zlatan up front and Rooney as number 10. It’s obvious the defence is a work in progress as we’ll see Daley Blind at centre-back, which is far from a natural role for this wingback. Luke Shaw, having returned to competitive football in the Community Shield match against Leicester, will make his return to BPL and, more importantly, to playing in front of Old Trafford fans.
Manchester Utd (4-2-3-1): De Gea – Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw – Carrick, Herrera – Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial – Ibrahimovic. Manager Jose Mourinho.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will be without winger Junior Stanislas due to a hearnia, and Tyrone Mings’ return to football after a season-long injury is still pending. He could make an appearance in September.
Provisional squad: Boruc, S. Cook, Smith, L. Cook, Daniels, Francis, Surman, Stanislas,Gosling, Gradel, King, Federici, Wiggins, O’Kane, MacDonald, Pugh, Grabban, Wilson, Ake, Arter.
AFC Bournemouth (4-4-2): Federici – Ake, Francis, Cook, Daniels – Ibe, Arter, Gosling, Gradel – Wilson, Afobe. Manager Eddie Howe.
Bournemouth have a positive record against Manchester United and are unbeaten in their last four home games against United in all competitions, including a 2-1 home win in BPL 2015-16.
Bournemouth and Manchester United kick off on Sunday at 13.30 UK time.