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Zlatan at centre of controversy in draw

Published:Sunday | March 5, 2017 | 3:00 AM
Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings (left) and Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the English Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, yesterday. The game ended 1-1.

MANCHESTER, England (AP):

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a penalty saved and was fortunate to avoid a red card in an incident-filled 1-1 draw against 10-man Bournemouth yesterday, the latest English Premier League setback at Old Trafford for JosÈ Mourinho's team.

A week after winning the League Cup for United with a double against Southampton at Wembley Stadium, Ibrahimovic endured a frustrating return to league action by seeing his 72nd-minute penalty clawed away by Artur Boruc.

Ibrahimovic was involved in many of the flashpoints in a thrilling game, notably when he elbowed Tyrone Mings in the head moments after the defender appeared to tread on the face of Ibrahimovic late in the first half. The referee missed both incidents and the players could face retrospective action by the English Football Association.

"I jump up and jump high and he jumps into my elbow," Ibrahimovic said of the incident with Mings, who denied he intended to hurt Ibrahimovic with his apparent stamp.

As part of the same incident, Andrew Surman was sent off for collecting a second yellow card for pushing Ibrahimovic in an angry reaction to the striker's challenge on Mings.

ROJO'S FIRST GOAL

Earlier, Marcos Rojo's first league goal was cancelled out by former United player Josh King's penalty after Phil Jones fouled Marc Pugh. That was Bournemouth's only shot on target.

It was a 10th league draw of the season for United, who were seeking a victory to climb from sixth place - the position where Mourinho's team has been for the past few months as it recovers from a poor start to the campaign.

"What happened was that we played phenomenal in the first half and should have been winning 3-0 or 4-0, then it ended up 1-1," Mourinho said.

Other results: Liverpool 3 Arsenal 1; Leicester 3 Hull City 1; Stoke City 2 Middlesbrough 0; Swansea 3 Burnley 2; Watford 3 Southampton 4; West Brom 0 Crystal Palace 2.