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Watch Live: Bournemouth vs. Manchester United (Lineups, Live Stream)

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The Jose Mourinho era at Manchester United officially begins at Vitality Stadium as they begin their season at Bournemouth, live on NBCSN at 8:30am E.T. or live online at

Paul Pogba’s return to the Red Devils will have to wait, with the Frenchman suspended for the season opener due to yellow card accumulation at the end of last season with Juventus. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, however, will take center stage having logged a fantastic, flashy preseason.

WATCH LIVE: Bournemouth vs. Manchester United live online

Starting alongside the Swede, somewhat surprisingly, is Juan Mata. The Spanish playmaker was shamed by Mourinho by subbing on and then off again in the Community Shield. The two have a dubious history, and given that and the preseason actions, it seemed likely Mata would be on the fringe of the squad.

Also suspended is Chris Smalling, so new signing Eric Bailly and incumbent defender Daley Blind partner in the middle of United’s back line. New playmaker Henrik Mkhitaryan begins on the bench.

For Bournemouth, they begin a promising campaign, finally with a full bill of health. New singing Jordan Ibe comes into the midfield in an attacking-heavy lineup.

Manchester United has really struggled at Vitality recently, with Bournemouth unbeaten in their last four home matches against Manchester United, including a 2-1 win here over the Red Devils last season.


Bournemouth – Boruc, Smith, Francis, Steve Cook, Daniels, Surman, Arter, Lewis Cook, Ibe, Wilson, King.
Bench – Federici, Gosling, Ake, Afobe, Gradel, Smith, Grabban.

Manchester United – De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Fellaini, Ander Herrera; Mata, Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimovic.
Bench – Romero, Rojo, Memphis, Carrick, Rashford, Schneiderlin, Mkhitaryan.

West Brom 1-1 Liverpool: Young Liverpool side unable to ensure European play

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Despite the possibility of European play firmly on the line, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp played a largely reserve lineup for the second straight match.

It didn’t work so well last time out. This time, Jordan Ibe ensured a point, but it wasn’t enough to grab Europa League play as the draw means Liverpool finish eighth, outside a possible Europa League place, leaving them with Champions League or bust.

West Brom took the lead on 14 minutes as 17-year-old Jonathan Leko absolutely carved up the Liverpool barricade, cutting down the middle and finding Salomon Rondon who beat Adam Bogdan at his near post to open the scoring.

It would only last until the 23rd minute, when Jordan Ibe brought Liverpool level all on his own. He picked up a pass over the halfway line on the right, and with acres of space, he charged forward, cut inside, and rifled into the bottom corner to bring Liverpool level.

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Straight off halftime, West Brom nearly went back on top off a set-piece. A free-kick from a good distance out floated into the box, glancing off the head of Rondon. The Venezuelan nearly started celebrating, but the ball clanged the far post and came back out, and his off-balance follow up skied over.

[ MORE: Final Premier League standings ]

The home side had yet another chance on the hour mark. A right-sided cross from Craig Dawson fizzed across the face of goal, just out of reach of Rondon who got a slight touch with his head, but not enough to put it on net. The touch from Rondon also put off Craig Gardner unmarked at the far post, who may have had a shot to touch home had it not glanced off the first man.

The Baggies continued to push for a winner, with a 67th minute corner coming close, but as Dawson rose to meet it, he collided with Bogdan and was unable to make contact.

[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]

A draw means Liverpool finishes the year in eighth on 60 points, two back of West Ham in 7th and three behind Southampton and Manchester United. A one-goal win would have put them level with West Ham and potentially in need of a playoff, while a two-goal or more win would have given them 7th place. 7th position only becomes a Europa League position should Manchester United win the FA Cup.

West Brom, meanwhile, jumps Crystal Palace to finish in 14th on 43 points.

Europa League roundup: Liverpool, Spurs, Dortmund all victorious

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A roundup of Thursday’s UEFA Europa League group stage action:

Rubin Kazan 0-1 Liverpool

Don’t look now, but it’s three straight wins for Liverpool (all competitions) under new manager Jurgen Klopp following a slow start (three straight draws, all competitions) to begin his tenure at Anfield. On Thursday, it was Jordan Ibe (52nd minute) who gave the Reds three key points in their quest to advance from the Europa League’s Group B. Ibe cut through the heart of Rubin’s midfield, received the ball from Roberto Firmino and fired low and hard past the goalkeeper for his first professional goal for Liverpool. Through four games played, Liverpool sit second in the group, two points behind Swiss side Sion, whom Klopp’s men will play away to on the final group stage matchday.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Anderlecht

Harry Kane gave Tottenham their first lead with a pinpoint finish from the top of the penalty area just before the half-hour mark, but the Belgian powerhouse hit back at the Premier League side through Imoh Ezekiel’s 72nd-minute equalizer. That set the stage for Mousa Dembele‘s stunning strike to win it for Spurs, the Belgian midfielder’s third goal in three games (all competitions). Son Heung-Min laid the ball off to Dembele and the Belgian unleashed a right-footed blast that was always moving away from the goalkeeper and found the upper-90 in the 87th minute. Through four games played, Spurs lead Group J, a single point ahead of Monaco, who are set to visit White Hart Lane on the final day of the group stage.

Borussia Dortmund 4-0 FK Qabala

If there’s a favorite to win the Europa League this early, Dortmund have to be among those considered. Thomas Tuchel’s side continue to tear through Group C (10 goals scored – five more than the next highest) with a 4-0 hammering of Azerbaijani side Qabala on Thursday. Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored three of four goals for Dortmund, who got one more through a Qabala own goal. Dortmund are through to the knockout stage of the Europa League and will clinch top spot in the group with a win over FC Krasnodar next matchday.

Elsewhere in Europa League action

Dinamo Minsk 1-2 Villarreal
Athletic Bilbao 5-1 Partizan Belgrade
Napoli 5-0 FC Midtjylland
Lech Poznan 0-2 Fiorentina
Rosenborg 0-2 Lazio
FK Qarabag 1-1 Monaco
Marseille 1-0 Braga
Saint-Etienne 3-0 Dnipro
Sion 1-1 Bordeaux
Sparta Prague 1-1 Schalke
Augsburg 4-1 AZ Alkmaar
Besiktas 1-1 Lokomotiv Moscow
Club Brugge 1-0 Legia Warsaw
Groningen 0-1 Liberec
Viktoria Plzen 1-2 Rapid Wien
FC Krasnodar 2-1 PAOK
Belenenses 0-2 Basel
Astera Tripolis 2-0 APOEL Nicosia
Skenderbeu 3-0 Sporting CP

Premier League friendly roundup: Man City lose in Germany, Liverpool win in Finland

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A roundup of Premier League teams in preseason action Saturday:

Stuttgart 4-2 Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini’s Man City suffered a heavy defeat away to Stuttgart after giving up four first-half goals. Filip Kostic, Daniel Didavi and Daniel Ginczek (two) were the goalscorers on the day, as the City defense looked a far cry from the unit that conceded just 38 goals during the 2014-15 Premier League season.

From left to right, City’s starting defense consisted of Bacary Sagna, Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala and Aleksandar Kolarov. Kelechi Iheanacho (84th minute) and Edin Dzeko (89th) scored late consolation goals for the Blues.

HJK 0-2 Liverpool

Recently arrived Belgian attacker Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho bagged goals for Liverpool as the Reds rolled to a 2-0 victory over Finnish side HJK Helsinki.

Origi hammered home from close range in the 73rd minute after Jordan Ibe and James Milner combined down the right flank and inside the penalty area. Coutinho’s tally came off a short corner kick routine. After dribbling his way into the penalty area, the Brazilian midfielder rifled a shot inside the far post. Brendan Rodgers’ will face League One side Swindon Town on Sunday.

Nottingham Forest 3-3 Aston Villa

Scott Sinclair bagged three goals (22nd, 52nd and 64th minutes) for Aston Villa, but a pair of late Nottingham Forest goals (Henri Lansbury – 81st – and Kelvin Wilson – 90th) to go along with Dexter Blackstock’s 1st minute tally meant the Championship outfit had secured themselves a 3-3 draw with Tim Sherwood’s side.

Elsewhere in Premier League preseason

Fulham 1-1 Crystal Palace
Norwich City 2-1 Brentford
Leeds United 2-0 Everton
Hannover 0-1 Sunderland
Birmingham City 2-3 Leicester City

PL Friendly Roundup: Real Madrid downs Manchester City, Liverpool draws Malaysia XI

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Four Premier League teams were in action today across the globe, and it was a mixed day for teams in the English top flight look to get ready for the season that is quickly nearing.

Manchester City was pounded by Real Madrid in the Australian edition of the International Champions Cup in the early morning on Friday in the title of the event. The Spanish giants toppled their Champions League foes 4-1 as Ronaldo scored a stunner in the first half.

Real Madrid raced out to a 3-0 lead on a goal from the Portuguese phenom plus ones from Pepe and Karim Benzema, while Yaya Toure slotted a penalty to pull one back before halftime, and Madrid cruised in the second half, restoring their three-goal lead late from substitute Denis Cheryshev.

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Liverpool also found themselves with a disappointing result, finishing with a 1-1 draw against the Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur. Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh stunned the Reds in the 13th minute to take the lead for the home side, but Jordan Ibe brought things back level on the half-hour mark. That was all the scoring despite a heavy host of starters on the field for the Premier League side, with Malaysia coming the closest in the second half, requiring an impressive stop by Adam Bogdan late into stoppage time.

Crystal Palace smashed South African side SuperSport United to reach the final of the Cape Town Cup. Mile Jedinak opened the scoring in just the third minute, and Lee Chung-yong, Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell all scored first-half goals to push Palace firmly in front. They would cruise through the second half to a 4-0 win as Patrick Bamford made his team debut in the second half. Alan Pardew’s side will take on either Sporting Lisbon or Ajax Cape Town in the finals on Sunday.

Finally, Swansea City finished level with Championship side Reading as both sides scored quick-fire second-half goals to end with a 1-1 draw. After a dull first half, Reading’s Nick Blackmon stunned Swansea just a minute after the break with a shot from well far out that hit off the underside of the crossbar and went in. The lead lasted just over a minute, as Jefferson Montero found Kyle Bartley for the tap-in equalizer. Jonjo Shelvey was influential in the second half, but couldn’t put Swansea ahead throughout the second 45.