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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's previous comments about Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings

Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) attends a team training session at the club's training complex near Carrington, west of Manchester in north west England on March...

Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was involved in a previous incident with the now Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings.

New signing Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa poses for a picture at Bodymoor Heath training ground on January 31, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings was involved in an ugly incident over the weekend when he was alleged to have stamped on Reading striker Nelson Oliveira's face.

It is not the first time, the 25-year-old has been under this spotlight when in 2017, he was given a five-match ban for allegedly stamping on the head of then-Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

As reported by BBC Sport, Mings, who was playing for Bournemouth at the time, expressed his 'upset' at being punished by the authorities. 


During that Premier League clash at Old Trafford, Mings & Ibrahimovic were involved in a number of incidents, including the latter being accused of elbowing the defender in the face.

After that encounter, Ibrahimovic made some interesting comments about the then-Bournemouth player as he was talking about his battle with the now-Villa powerhouse. 

"What happens on the field, stays on the field," Ibrahimovic told BBC Sport in 2017. "The game is hard. What happened. Happened. That's the way it is. 

Tyrone Mings of Bournemouth and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United clash during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on March 4, 2017...

"You have the TV, you can see the images and what happened. In my situation [talking about his alleged elbow on Mings], I jump high. The same time, I protect myself and unlucky he jumps into my elbow."

In regards to the incident at the weekend, Reading posted a 'get well soon' message to Oliveira on their official Twitter account as he suffered a number of deep cuts to his face.

The game in itself finished in a goalless draw, with Mings' fellow centre-back partner, Tommy Elphick hitting the crossbar from a set-piece situation. 

Now, Villa manager Dean Smith will be preparing his side for their Friday night clash against third-placed Sheffield United on home soil.

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa in action during a training session at Bodymoor Heath training ground on January 31, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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