Eddie Howe: 'Error in conceding first goal changed game against Man United'

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Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, front, and team mate Marouane Fellaini react during the English Premier League soccer match between Bournemouth and Manchester United at Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England, Sunday.

Mourinho hailed Ibrahimovic as a star "at the top of his qualities" after the 34-year-old sealed United's 3-1 Premier League victory over Bournemouth with a 20-yard strike. When they scored, I had to change the shape to get more control.

"Eric Cantona was here at the best moment in his career. In the first half we weren't 100 percent but we had more space in the second half and could play our game", Ibrahimovic said.

The goal means the 34-year-old has now scored on his maiden appearances in the Champions League, Serie A, LaLiga, Ligue 1 and the English top flight.

The former Tottenham striker was also impressed by Luke Shaw, who successfully came through his first Premier League game since breaking his leg last September. The manager is helping bring this feeling of aggression and character that we need to win games which is very important. Being new to the league is not easy. "A new environment, new stadiums, clubs, team-mates".

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"Against Bournemouth on Sunday, he played his way into the game brilliantly without trying to prove any points". United were without world-record £89m signing Paul Pogba through suspension, while midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan started on the bench, with Mata preferred.

Pogba will be available for United's next game, which comes against Southampton at Old Trafford on Friday evening. We weren't surprised and then we started playing.

Juan Mata opened the scoring, but he was helped along by Simon Francis after the defender under-hit a back-pass to his goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, in the previous year of his contract, said Arsenal lacked some nouse defensively. Arturo Vidal and Thomas Mueller scored in the second half.

Determined to make a positive start, United applied most of the pressure in a tightly contested first half that saw few chances. "Conceding three is the opposite of emotions", Klopp told journalists. I know him very well because I worked with him for six months at a previous club.

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