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Mourinho: Mings 'knows what he did' to Ibrahimovic

Goal.com logo Goal.com 04-03-2017

Jose Mourinho says Tyrone Mings "knows what he did" after the Bournemouth defender appeared to intentionally stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's head during the 1-1 draw between the two sides at Old Trafford.

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The two players engaged in a running battle throughout the game with Mings clashing with the Swede while he was on the ground, and the striker retaliating moments later with an apparent elbow.

Neither player was punished for their actions during the game by referee Kevin Friend and Mourinho was relucant to discuss the incidents at length after the final whistle.

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"I'm a football man, I'm in football many years, I don't like to speak after matches about what happened during matches. What happened, happened and the referee was there," he told Sky Sports when asked about the incident after the game.

"If you ask me if I'm happy that Tyrone Mings gets a three or four or five match ban, I really don't care about it. He knows what he did, he knows better than anyone what he did, he knows better than the referee his intention in the moment, in the emotion of the moment. I really don't care."

United went ahead through Marco Rojo's first Premier League goal for the club but Bournemouth levelled after Joshua King equalised from the penalty spot before being reduced to 10 men after Andrew Surman was sent off.

The Red Devils then had the chance to secure victory after they were awarded a penalty, only for Artur Boruc to save Ibrahimovic's effort and Mourinho was disappointed his side failed to see off the struggling Cherries.

"What’s important to me is the result of the game, the fact that once more we deserved to win by far, but we didn’t," he added.

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"We lost two points, we lost a good opportunity to close the gap at the top of the league."

The draw means United miss the chance to move in to the top four and remain in sixth place in the table, level on points with Liverpool who welcome Arsenal to Anfield in the evening kick-off.

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