Friday 20 April 2018

Video - Harry Arter on the Mings v Ibrahimovic clashes after his verbal exchange with Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho and Harry Arter exchange words after emerging from the tunnel for the second half of yesterday's game at Old Trafford
Jose Mourinho and Harry Arter exchange words after emerging from the tunnel for the second half of yesterday's game at Old Trafford

Bournemouth and Ireland midfielder Harry Arter was involved in a heated exchange with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday and now he has given his verdict on the nasty clashes between Tyrone Mings and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Mings appeared to stamp on Ibrahimovic’s head before the United striker responded by landing an elbow on his aggressor, with Mourinho caught on camera confronting Mings in the tunnel at the start of the second half.

Arter was quick to step in to defend his team-mate and in an incident that saw Andrew Surman sent off for pushing Ibrahimovic, with the Irishman offering up these comments to the BBC after the game.

“A few decisions went against us in this game and I felt the red card and the penalty they got was very harsh,” stated Arter.

“Andrew (Surman) saw a clear elbow from their guy (Ibrahimovic) and I felt a disappointed with that decision, but you cannot dwell on negatives.

“We showed some real grit and got what we deserved in the end. We needed a result to galvanise our season and hopefully this point does it for us.”

Meanwhile, United skipper Wayne Rooney led the calls from the United camp for Mings to face punishment after his rush of blood.

“To try and stamp on a players head is wrong and I’m sure there will be punishment after the game,” declared an irate Rooney.

“I was aware of it. I was right there and it is wrong. I’m sure it will get looked at.

“Everyone likes to see tackles in the game, but to try and stamp on a players head is wrong and I’m sure there will be punishment after the game.”

Mings denied he intended to stamp on Ibrahimovic, but he looks certain to face FA disciplinary action after an incident that was followed by an elbow seemingly delivered in revenge from the United striker.

Yet Ibrahimovic served up a novel way to describe the incident that may see him face a suspension of his own.

“What happens on the field, stays on the field,” declared the Swedish striker “The game is hard, what happened... happened. That's the way it is.

“You have the TV, you can see the images. In my situation, I jump up high and at the same time I try to protect myself and unlucky, he jumps into me. He jumps into my elbow.

“Many times these occasions happen. I hope he didn't get injured.”

This was the moment that saw Arter clashing with Mourinho:

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