Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings were involved in two unsavoury incidents as Manchester United hosted Bournemouth.
The central defender and striker had already clashed several times during the first half, when Ibrahimovic tripped over teammate Wayne Rooney and fell to the ground. With Mings running past Rooney, the Bournemouth player trod down with his foot on Ibrahimovic’s head.
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Ibrahimovic looked up after the incident and clearly spotted what had happened. That became more evident when a cross was delivered into the box, and Mings fell to the floor.
Bournemouth’s players were incensed and surrounded referee Kevin Friend, who spoke to both his assistant and Wayne Rooney.
Replays showed that Ibrahimovic deliberately elbowed Mings in the face, presumably as a reaction to Mings’ assault.
Impressively, Friend gave Andrew Surman a second yellow card for shoving Ibrahimovic, but booked neither Mings nor Ibrahimovic.
Both will now wait to see if they face charges from the Football Association over their behaviour.