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Taking a closer look at the Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Tyrone Mings incident

Monday 6th March 2017
Over the weekend, Manchester United dropped a couple of needless points at Old Trafford. The Red Devils looked to be cruising at 1-0 up, but credit to AFC Bournemouth who didn't give in. Eventually, they ground out a well-deserved draw, but the game was marred by a couple of nasty off the ball incidents.

As the first half was drawing to a close, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had tumbled over Wayne Rooney who was on the ground. Then Tyrone Mings jumped over the pair, but as he was doing so he took a look at Ibrahimovic's head before stamping down on it with full force. Thankfully, it looked as though the Englishman grazed Manchester United's star striker rather than catching him full on.

Shortly after, Ibrahimovic was out for revenge and he got it. The pair were battling in the air to win a header when the man from Sweden threw a vicious elbow in the direction of Tyrone Mings. It certainly wasn't pretty, but can you honestly blame him? Ask yourself, what would you do if someone decided to stamp on your head.

The bizarre thing about this situation was that neither guy got sent off for absolutely horrendous actions. There was a fall guy, though, as Andrew Surman saw red for preaching at the referee (no pun intended)….

In the second half of the game, Tyrone Mings actually defended rather heroically and the fifteen-minute interval seemed to really help him clear his mind.

That was in stark contrast to the usual ever-so-cool Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The incident seemed to really affect him and, he quite obviously, wasn't thinking so clearly. It was evident throughout, but it really showed as he missed a poor penalty that could have helped his team to all three points.

It really was an odd affair. Credit to the visitors, though, they came for a point and that is exactly what they got with some help from a poor Manchester United side. To be fair, the game was feisty throughout and it was entertaining to watch. And at the end of the day, the record books will say Bournemouth took away a point – not Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings had a little spat…

The verdict

So, what's the correct punishment for them both? In my opinion, Tyrone Mings should get a lengthy ban. What he did was absolutely disgusting, and I'm not exaggerating when I say he could've seriously hurt Ibrahimovic if his studs caught him full square in the head.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic should also get a ban. Professional footballers are taught not to retaliate (however hard that may have been in this situation). The 35-year-old will definitely get a telling off from the FA and will likely miss the Red Devils' next three games which is a real blow for them.

As for Manchester United, this can only be seen as a real blow to their top four hopes. This is a game that Jose Mourinho's side should have won with relative ease but they really did make a mountain out of a molehill and that'll hurt them.

Bournemouth has been poor recently and perhaps this will give them a new lease of life. They are teetering on the edge of relegation right now and have been in much need of a confidence booster. Hopefully, for their fans, Eddie Howe and his boys will be confident on the back of this.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.

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