Rooney demands action against Mings after Ibrahimovic 'stamp'

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The captain expects the defender to be punished but says he did not see his team-mate's subsequent elbow which also provoked controversy

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has called for retrospective action to be taken against Tyrone Mings after the Bournemouth defender trod on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's head during the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

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United took a 23rd-minute lead through Marcos Rojo's maiden Premier League goal but Josh King equalised from the penalty spot against his former club.

The main flashpoint arrived shortly before half-time, when Mings flew into a tackle on Rooney and stood on Ibrahimovic's head as United's top scorer lay prone.

While television pictures have sugggested that Rooney could not have seen the incident as it happened, speaking after the game the captain insisted the defender's actions were "wrong" and believes he will be punished.

"I don't think the referee saw Tyrone Mings try and stamp on Zlatan's head. I was right there. It's wrong in football," Rooney told Sky Sports, after Ibrahimovic missed a second-half penalty and Jose Mourinho's side missed out on the chance to break into the top four.

"Everyone likes to go into tackles but to try and stamp on a player's head is wrong and I'm sure there'll be action after the game."

When the ball came into the Bournemouth area moments later, Ibrahimovic struck Mings with an elbow in an act of apparent retribution. Rooney did not get a clear view of that incident, which ended in a melee and a second booking for Cherries midfielder Andrew Surman.

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"I was out on the corner by that time so I didn't see that one," Rooney added. "I'm sure if anything's happened people will have their opinion on that.

"The ones I've seen - I've been on the end of studs to the head and it's not nice. I'm sure the right punishment will be given."

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