Friday 23 June 2017

Manchester United v Bournemouth - story of the match

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a penalty saved during an action-packed afternoon at Old Trafford
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a penalty saved during an action-packed afternoon at Old Trafford

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's failure from the spot could be compounded by a spell on the sidelines after 10-man Bournemouth secured a memorable 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Ugly scenes and poor officiating overshadowed a thrilling lunchtime encounter as Marcos Rojo's first ever Premier League goal was cancelled out by Josh King's penalty as the first half ended chaotically.

Andrew Surman received the first red card of his career - awarded once blundering referee Kevin Friend realised he had booked the Bournemouth captain twice - having reacted angrily to Ibrahimovic's elbow on Tyrone Mings, who moments earlier stamped - inadvertently or otherwise - on the United striker.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"I wouldn't normally defend an elbow to the face but Mings' stamp on Ibra's head was so disgusting he deserved what came back. #MUNBOU" - Piers Morgan tries to justify Ibrahimovic's actions.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

With an exciting contest finely poised at 1-1 just before the break, a series of flashpoints culminated in Surman's stoppage-time dismissal. Both Mings and Ibrahimovic could have been dismissed - the former for a stamp on the Swede's head which only he can determine the intent of, and the striker for a subsequent elbow, seemingly retaliatory. Yet Surman was the only one punished for then shoving Ibrahimovic, and even then it took referee Friend a long time to realise it was the second time he had brandished the yellow card at him.

STAT OF THE MATCH

On the 39 occasions a visiting team have had a player sent off at Old Trafford in the Premier League, none have gone on to win. In those instances United's opponents managed nine draws, including this one by the Cherries, and 30 defeats.

STAR MAN

Artur Boruc. The Pole was kept busy from the start as he made an early one-on-one save from Paul Pogba and made further stops from Anthony Martial and Ibrahimovic. He was already the leading contender for the man-of-the-match award when he guessed the right way to keep out the Swede's 71st-minute penalty in front of the Stretford End.

RATINGS

Manchester United

David De Gea 6

Antonio Valencia 6

Phil Jones 5

Marcos Rojo 7

Luke Shaw 7

Michael Carrick 7

Paul Pogba 7

Anthony Martial 7

Wayne Rooney 6

Juan Mata 6

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 6

Subsitutes

Marcus Rashford (on for Shaw) 5

Jesse Lingard (on for Rooney) 6

Marouane Fellaini (on for Carrick) 6

Bournemouth

Artur Boruc 9

Adam Smith 6

Steve Cook 7

Tyrone Mings 6

Charlie Daniels 7

Andrew Surman 5

Harry Arter 6

Ryan Fraser 6

Marc Pugh 6

Joshua King 7

Benik Afobe 6

Substitutes

Dan Gosling (on for Pugh) 7

Baily Cargill (on for Mings) 7

Max Gradel (on for King) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

FC Rostov v Manchester United (Europa League, March 9)

Bournemouth v West Ham (Premier League, March 11)

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