By Andrew Hyslop
- Zlatan Ibrahimović could face a three-match ban
- Ibrahimović appeared to elbow Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings
Manchester United’s top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimović could face a three-match ban after appearing to deliberately elbow Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings.
The incident occurred in the 45th minute of the game after Mings had appeared to stamp on the Swedish striker’s head moments earlier.
Meaning both men could face retrospective action from the Football Association if referee Kevin Friend reports that he didn’t see either incident.
If Ibrahimović is suspended he will miss the FA Cup clash with Chelsea and Premier League games against Middlesbrough (A) and West Bromwich Albion (H).
The aftermath of the incident saw Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman being sent off after he shoved Ibrahimović in the chest. Surman received a second yellow card after being booked earlier in the first-half for a challenge on Luke Shaw.
At the time the score was deadlocked at 1-1 after Joshua King had levelled for Bournemouth from the spot.
The second-half saw Eddie Howe’s side sitting back and telling United break us down if you can. Which they failed to do and dropped another two points at home against a team they were expected to beat.
The best chance for United to get the winning goal came when Kevin Friend pointed to the spot after Adam Smith appeared to hand as Pogba looked to flick the ball back into play.
A bad day was rounded for Ibrahimović when he saw Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc save his spot-kick.
The result saw Manchester United miss another opportunity to put the pressure on the teams above them.
After yesterday’s results we see Manchester United sitting sixth in the table on 49 points. One point behind fifth placed Arsenal, three behind Liverpool and Manchester City and four behind Tottenham in second.
View the full Premier League table here