Man Utd 1-1 Bournemouth: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Tyrone Mings at centre of chaotic draw

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a penalty saved as Manchester United were held to a controversy-filled 1-1 draw by 10-man Bournemouth.

After Joshua King’s penalty cancelled out Marcos Rojo’s 23rd-minute opener, there were two flash points before half time as Tyrone Mings stamped on the head of Ibrahimovic, and the Swede responded shortly afterwards by elbowing the defender as they competed at a corner.

Neither player was punished by referee Kevin Friend and instead Bournemouth’s Andrew Surman was shown a second yellow card for pushing Ibrahimovic in the melee that followed.

 

Ibrahimovic was at the centre of the action again in the second half as he saw a penalty well saved by Artur Boruc.

And United could not find a winner as they were held to their seventh home draw in the Premier League this season.

The draw comes less than a week after Manchester United’s EFL Cup win and leaves them sixth in the table.

 

The frustration that Manchester United showed at the final whistle was a far cry from the pre-match positivity as Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney made their first starts since October and December respectively.

For Bournemouth it was pre-match uncertainty as manager Eddie Howe was expected to miss the game through illness, but ended up in the dugout after travelling to Old Trafford separately.

If Howe was still feeling under the weather, his mood would not have been lifted by his side’s showing in the opening 20 minutes as they looked fragile defensively.

 

 

Rooney headed over the bar before Paul Pogba was denied by Boruc, and Ibrahimovic failed to turn in a pass across goal.

Benik Afobe spurned a great chance at the other end when he slipped after being played through on goal, but otherwise it was United who dominated, with Boruc twice saving from Anthony Martial.

The breakthrough eventually arrived in the 23rd minute as Rojo turned in Valencia’s cross.

 

 

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