Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings were lucky to escape red cards while Andrew Surman was sent off as the first half of Manchester United's Premier League encounter with Bournemouth ended in chaos.
Marcos Rojo had given United the lead after both teams had passed up big chances, but Phil Jones conceded a clear penalty which was converted by Joshua King.
The game lit up even further immediately before the break, though, as Mings stood on the head of Ibrahimovic while he was on the ground following a tackle.
Shortly afterwards, Ibrahimovic challenged for a corner and elbowed Mings as he jumped. The pair had also been involved in another incident off the ball earlier in the game as the Swede threw Mings to the ground, yet he only received a yellow card for protesting over the penalty.
Though both players went unpunished for those moments, Surman, booked 10 minutes earlier for a foul on Luke Shaw, was given a second yellow card for a push on Ibra.
Retrospective punishment of Ibrahimovic's elbow will probably cost Manchester United his services for 3 games at a key stage of the season. — Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) March 4, 2017
I wouldn't normally defend an elbow to the face but Mings' stamp on Ibra's head was so disgusting he deserved what came back. #MUNBOU pic.twitter.com/WzTgEkYXL8 — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 4, 2017
From what I can tell it looked like the referee had a long chat with the United players and then Zlatan decided he shouldn't be sent off. — Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 4, 2017
Hope Zlatan's elbow's ok after that head butt.— Sam Homewood (@SamHomewood) March 4, 2017
Zlatan stamped on the head and headbutted on the elbow within seconds. Unbelievable restraint. — Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) March 4, 2017
Zlatan (elbow) and Mings (stamp) should both see red. Roll on video technology. — Henry Winter (@henrywinter) March 4, 2017