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Ibrahimovic facing prospect of ban for clash with Mings

Man United 1 Bournemouth 1

By Simon Peach

Zlatan Ibrahimovic apologised for a "bad day" that will prove even more costly should the Manchester United striker face retrospective Football Association action.

A week on from his match-winning performance in the EFL Cup final, the 35-year-old was making headlines for the wrong reasons after ugly clashes and wasting the chance to turn a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth into a much-needed win.

Ibrahimovic's penalty was saved by the impressive Artur Boruc and the striker could have been sent off after catching Tyrone Mings with an elbow shortly after the Cherries defender landed on the back of his head.

The striker denied wrongdoing but accepted complicity in United's undercooked display.

"It was very disappointing," Ibrahimovic said. "I take full responsibility for missing goals and missing the penalty. I have no problem with taking the blame. That is the game.

"I should have scored. We created a lot of chances. The penalty is the one I am most angry about.

"We had a great chance to get into the top four but we didn't. The whole team are very disappointed.

"Last week we had a fantastic week and it could be the effect of that you saw here, maybe we were too confident, I don't know."

United's tough day could worsen if Ibrahimovic is sanctioned.

It's understood the FA has been gathering all available footage of Saturday's incidents as it waits for the referee's report to arrive today.

If the officials confirm they did not see the Ibrahimovic and Mings flare-ups, then the cases will go to the review panel that decides on not-seen incident.

"It is what it is," Ibrahimovic said. "I am not a player who will stand here and blame a player. What happens on the field stays on the field. I can talk about my situation. I jumped straight up, he jumps in for me, I jump very high and protect myself at the same time as I always do and go for the ball.

"He jumps into me and jumps into my elbow. Hopefully he is not injured."

Asked if he was worried about retrospective action, Ibrahimovic said: "I respect every decision. I am not here to attack anybody. My purpose was not to do that."

Mings also denied wrongdoing after his collision with Ibrahimovic was labelled "disgraceful" by former England defender Jamie Carragher.

"It wasn't intentional," Mings said. "If there is reaction, there is reaction after. They have time to slow it down and look at it from different angles.

"I obviously didn't mean it, but if there is reaction, there is reaction - everyone will have an opinion. That is football."

The incidents and Andrew Surman's sending off overshadowed a pulsating draw, bringing the Cherries' four-match losing run to a timely halt.

"Hopefully it can be a catalyst," Mings said. "There is no point coming here and getting a result like that and not backing it up with any performances after so we need to play well in the remaining games of the season."

MAN UTD: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Shaw (Lingard, 70 mins), Carrick (Fellaini, 70 mins), Pogba, Mata, Rooney (Rashford, 70 mins), Martial, Ibrahimovic. Unused subs: Romero, Blind, Smalling, Herrera.

BOURNEMOUTH: Boruc, Smith, Cook, Mings (Cargill, 78 mins), Daniels, Surman, Arter, Fraser, Pugh (Gosling, 46 mins), King (Gradel, 87 mins), Afobe. Unused subs: Allsop, B Smith, Ibe, Wilshere.

Man of the Match: Artur Boruc

Match rating: 6/10

Referee: Kevin Friend

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