Football: Mings jumped into my elbow, says Ibrahimovic

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings going for the ball during their EPL match on March 4, 2017.
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings going for the ball during their EPL match on March 4, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

ENGLAND (REUTERS) - Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings "jumped into my elbow" after the two came together in a challenge during the Premier League match at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Mings seemed to stamp on Ibrahimovic's head shortly before the incident in a fiery 1-1 draw as 10-man Bournemouth dug deep to deny United victory in a game they dominated.

"I went for the ball and it was unlucky he jumped into my elbow. But it was nothing on purpose... I hope he's not injured," Ibrahimovic told MUTV.

Mings denied deliberately stamping on Ibrahimovic, although Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher described his action as "disgraceful".

"Not at all. I would never do that. That's not in my game. Hard and fair is how I like to tackle but off the ball stuff like that isn't in my game," Mings said.

"He (Ibrahimovic) is who he is, he's a good player, he's a physical player. I knew what sort of battle I was going to be in for coming here. And that's what we had all day, it was a battle," he added.

"There was maybe an elbow when the ball came in after, I didn't see it, I felt it."

Ibrahimovic was denied several times by inspired Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc who also saved his weak second half penalty to complete a rare bad day for the Swedish striker in his first season in England during which he has scored 26 goals in all competitions.