Manchester United dropped two vital, important points against ten-man Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Saturday in a dramatic and engrossing match.
Going ahead thanks to Marcos Rojo, United looked set to pick up another victory and put serious pressure on Arsenal and Liverpool above them. However, a Joshua King penalty got the Cherries level and despite getting a man sent off, Eddie Howe’s men managed to hold on for an excellent result.
While the result itself was momentous enough, what had everyone talking were the clashes between Tyrone Mings and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Mings appeared to stamp on the head of Ibrahimovic before Swede swung a wild elbow into his face in a later incident.
Kevin Friend appeared to lose control of the entire situation and even seemed confused about whether to send Andrew Surman off for a push on Ibrahimovic in the wake of his elbow.
Neither Mings nor Ibrahimovic received punishment for their naughtiness and they are incidents sure to be in the headlines for days to come.
One Twitter too it of course saw a big reaction…
In the time it took for Kevin Friend to talk to players, collect evidence and still get it wrong…you could have had VARs' verdict.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) March 4, 2017
Kevin Friend is a hero, had the opportunity to send Zlatan off but let him stay on so that he could miss the penalty and keep them in 6th ????????
— Danny Welbeck (@WelBeast) March 4, 2017
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) March 4, 2017
There is more chance of Aguero getting banned for Zlatan's elbow than Zlatan himself…
— PepTalk_MCFC (@PepTalk_MCFC) March 4, 2017
Ref has bottled this big time!!!!!
Mings should have gone for the stamp!
Zlatan should have got red for the elbow!
— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) March 4, 2017
That Mings stamp is horrible to watch. But you're having a laugh if you think that was in any way intentional. Unlike the elbow. #afcb
— Sam (@SamStapleton_) March 4, 2017
Wow, that's stamp from Mings and that elbow from Ibra are absolutely disgraceful. Both should be off. Ref sort it out ????#MUNBOU
— William Lodge (@WLodge_39) March 4, 2017