Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is hoping that his side can shut down Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Sunday as they host Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium.
The 34-year-old Swedish star is set to make his Premier League debut for the Red Devils, a week after scoring the winning goal over Leicester City in the Community Shield.
“I think Zlatan will probably play. He’s a real talent, it’s great to see him here, but we don’t want to be in awe of him, we want to keep him quiet,” Howe said.
“You can pick any one in United’s team and they will be a threat, even the full-backs, [Antonio] Valencia and [Luke] Shaw. We are well aware of the test we have. Hopefully we give as good as we get.”
After finishing in 16th place last season with 42 points, five points above the drop zone, Bournemouth are looking to stay alive in the Premier League and avoid relegation. Howe believes it will be an even tougher challenge this time around than what it was last season.
“I’m expecting it to be harder,” Howe said. “The novelty value will have worn off from players.
“The challenge is for the players to respond to the second season in a positive fashion.
“The quality of the league has gone up. With the money spent, and the players and managers that have been attracted to the league, we’ve improved and I think the other teams have as well.
“The challenge will be tougher and we need to respond.”