Date: 5th March 2017 at 10:38am
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A feisty encounter at Old Trafford sees United drop two points against Bournemouth.

However, the fixture will be long remembered for an incident that happened just before half-time when Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings clashed twice.

With Manchester United looking to extend their unbeaten run and climb a place in the table, the home side totally dominated the early stages and it was a surprise they had to wait until the 23rd minute for the opening goal to come.

It came from Marcos Rojo who diverted a shot from Antonio Valencia, past Artur Boruc. The goal should have provided the platform for Manchester United to take control of the game, however Bournemouth, who had only won once in eleven games, were to equalise.

Marc Pugh darted past Phil Jones in the penalty area and was clearly fouled. The former Manchester United player Joshua King stepped forward and expertly sent the ball past David de Gea.

The incident rattled Manchester United and as half-time approached we were to witness two unsavoury incidents, the first saw Tyrone Mings clearly stamp on the head of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and then when an aerial ball came in moments later Zlatan appeared to take revenge by elbowing Mings on the side of the head.

The referee, Kevin Friend, had every justification to red-card both players but didn`t, instead it was Andrew Surman who saw red, receiving a second yellow card for a push on Ibrahimovic.

All-square at half time and with a man advantage, Manchester United had the perfect opportunity to push-on and grab the three points, however it wasn`t to happen. The closest Manchester United came to scoring was when Kevin Friend harshly awarded a penalty against Adam Smith after it was adjudged he`d handled a flick-on from Paul Pogba, but it was more a case of ball to arm than arm to ball.

Stepping up to take the penalty, Ibrahimovic looked odds-on to score but Artur Boruc dived low to pull off a good save.

From that moment on, United were chasing the game and everything became too frantic as Bournemouth produced a resolute defensive performance.

The unbeaten run was preserved but a Liverpool win later in the day, against Arsenal, saw United cast further adrift of the top four.