Zlatan Ibrahimovic blames himself for Manchester United’s frustrating 1-1 draw with Bournemouth after his penalty miss in the second half.
Ibrahimovic had the chance to give Man United a 2-1 lead with less than 20 minutes remaining but a strong hand from Artur Boruc kept his penalty out and Bournemouth went on to hold out for a draw against the run of play with ten men.
The result saw Man United drop another two points in the tightening race for a top four finish and speaking after the game, Ibrahimovic didn’t shy away from his errors.
“We are very disappointed,” he said to MUTV.
“We should have won. I take the blame. I missed the penalty. I had a lot of chances and should have scored. I didn’t and I take fully the responsibility and I will rise from this and come back even stronger and continue. This is nothing unusual, it has happened before and it can happen again.
“We’ll keep working, keep going and keep our heads up. I mean if you create so many chances, you should score. You expect to score, you want to score. We missed a lot of opportunities today and I should have scored. We only took only one point and it should have been there with the situation we had, the advantage of playing one more. We should have closed the game already in the first half.”
Obviously had Ibrahimovic put his penalty away it could have changed the result of the game but all over the pitch we saw bedlam in a game which will be remembered more for the chaos than the football. So many players seemingly lost their head in the fracas and that lack of composure played into Bournemouth’s hands as they sat deep with only ten men; what we needed was some leadership and composure, what we saw on the pitch was United trying to batter down the Bournemouth door without enough incision. Ultimately, we failed.
It’s a dreadful result not to beat Bournemouth with ten men at Old Trafford. Sure, Boruc had a great game but so many problems were our own undoing. Was Ibrahimovic solely responsible for that? Absolutely not, and United’s squad as a whole needs to make sure it simply doesn’t happen again. That’s been said plenty this season but in the business end of the campaign it really cannot keep happening if we do want a top four finish.