An incredibly open start to the game saw the hosts go ahead on 23 minutes when Marco Rojo scored his first Premier League goal for the club, diverting Antonio Valencia’s cross-shot past Artur Boruc.
Bournemouth levelled it up just five minutes before the break, however, Eddie Howe’s side equalising from the penalty spot through Joshua King after Phil Jones had brought down Marc Pugh. The game was heading into the interval when huge controversy broke out, Mings stamping on Ibrahimovic who retaliated minutes later by elbowing the defender. Both incidents were seemingly missed by referee Kevin Friend who took no action against either player, although he did speak at length to Ibrahimovic and captain Wayne Rooney. To add further confusion, Friend opted to send off Andrew Surman for two yellow cards, although he took a very time to brandish the red card, following Surman’s second yellow.
Mourinho made a triple substitute after the break with Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellani and Marcus Rashford replacing Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney and within seconds United won a penalty after Adam Smith was adjudged to have handled. Up stepped Ibrahimovic but his kick was superbly saved by Boruc, diving to his right to deny United’s top goalscorer.
United continued to dominate proceedings but could not find a way past a dogged Bournemouth side who hung on for a point..