Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings charged with violent conduct by FA

SAM LONG

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings have both been charged by the FA for incidents of alleged violent conduct in Saturday's 1-1 draw between the two sides at Old Trafford.

Mings stood on the Swede's head moments before the United striker's elbow caught the Bournemouth player in the face during an aerial challenge.

The two incidents were not seen by referee Kevin Friend and went unpunished at the time but both players are facing bans if they are found guilty.

Ibrahimovic could be banned for three games, which would see the striker miss United's crucial FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea - plus Premier League fixtures against Middlesbrough and West Brom.

Ibrahimovic's potential absence could also see the veteran forward lose more ground in the race for the Golden Boot. Tottenham's Harry Kane is currently four goals clear of his United rival at the top of the goalscoring charts.

The FA has submitted a claim that a similar punishment for Mings is "clearly insufficient" and the 23-year-old could be hit with an extended suspension.

Both players have until 6pm on Tuesday March 7 to respond to the charges.

United manager Jose Mourinho attempted to play down the incident during his post-match comments, claiming only the result mattered to the Red Devils.

"Zlatan is a big man," Mourinho told the BBC.

"We are from that generation of street football and football for big guys. We are not the kind of generation who goes to the media and cries about what happened.

"What counts is the result. Nothing else matters for us."

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