MANCHESTER- Wayne Rooney made his 550th Premier League appearance today but the occasion wasn’t the centre of attention after United failed to pick up all three points in a frustrating 1-1 draw with 10-men Bournemouth.
Luke Shaw made his return to the United line up after a long spell on the sideline.
The match started off well for United, Rooney had a chance in the opening minute that went just over the crossbar. Paul Pogba also had an early opportunity on goal.
Bournemouth had a chance of their own early on, when Benik Afobe was through on goal but slipped at a vital time.
United started piling the pressure on, chances from Martial and Ibrahimovic saw the Red Devils inch closer to the opening goal.
In the 23rd minute, Man United took the lead after Antonio Valencia’s pass into the box was redirected into the bottom left corner by Marcos Rojo. It was the Argentine’s first Premier League goal for the club.
Bournemouth levelled the match up in the 39th minute when Phil Jones gave away a penalty. Former United player Joshua King converted the penalty into the top left corner.
The controversy began right before halftime when Tyrone Mings stepped on Ibrahimovic’s head, seconds later Ibrahimovic elbowed Mings in the face and Andrew Surman pushed Ibrahimovic down. Ibrahimovic was already booked minutes earlier.
Which resulted in Surman picking up his second yellow card and was sent off. Mings and Ibrahimovic were not sent off and it was 1-1 at halftime. Zlatan Ibrahimovic could’ve arguably been sent off along with Surman.
Man United started the second half off very strong, piling the pressure on the visitors with lots of possession.
United seemed to be losing their creativity in the second half. Mourinho didn’t like what he was seeing and he made a triple change seeing Fellaini, Rashford and Lingard replace Rooney, Carrick and Shaw.
United were awarded a penalty after Smith was called for a handball. Ibrahimovic who should’ve arguably been sent off, missed the penalty when Boruc made a good low save to keep the score 1-1.
Late pressure from United wasn’t enough. The Red Devils lost a huge opportunity to climb into the top 4 and it was a big point for The Cherries who are winless in 2017. United had their 7th draw at Old Trafford and remain in 6th.
Man United: Away v Rostov. Thursday, March 9th. 1:00pm EST.
Bournemouth: Home v West Ham. Saturday, March 11th. 10:00am EST.