Ten-man Bournemouth frustrates Man United

But like so many great players, Zlatan has an edge about him, and that came out during his team's 1-1 draw against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho is concerned that Manchester United's struggles at Old Trafford could cost them Champions League qualification following his side's 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday. Mings stamped the Manchester United striker on the head when Zlatan was on the floor. Andrew Surman wasn't quite so lucky: he collected a second yellow card for shoving Ibra to the ground, and United headed into the interval a man up.

An anonymous FC Rostov supporter has reportedly attempted to bribe the club into letting his son lead Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of the tunnel when the two clubs clash in Russian Federation on February 9th. "I'm not someone who attacks someone off the field", Ibrahimovic told the BBC at Old Trafford.

Ibrahimovic also insisted: "You have the replays, you can see the images".

"With the elbow I see it clearly, I jump up, I jump high, I protect myself, same time I go for the ball and he jumps into my elbow", Ibrahimovic said.

The match-winner in last weekend's EFL Cup final, Ibrahimovic has performed majestically in his debut season in English football but he stole the show for all the wrong reasons against Bournemouth, whose manager Eddie Howe grappled with a bout of illness on the touchline throughout an ill-tempered contest. I felt it. What happened after that with Surman getting sent off.

Both men are likely to face retrospective disciplinary action from the Football Association. "If you ask me if I'm going to be happy if Mings gets a four or five-game ban, I really don't care", Mourinho said. Zlatan Ibrahimović was presented with a chance to win the game from the penalty spot midway through the second, though man of the match Artur Boruc made an excellent save. "Hard and fair is how I like to tackle but off the ball stuff like that isn't in my game", Mings said.

Marcos Rojo put the Red Devils in front with his first ever Premier League goal, but a rash challenge from his central defensive partner Phil Jones allowed ex-United youth star Joshua King to equalise from the penalty spot.

Asked if he was anxious about retrospective action, Ibrahimovic said: "I respect every decision".

  • Julie Sanders