Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have both been charged by the Football Association following their tit-for-tat at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Mings caught Ibrahimovic on the back of his head with his studs, and the United striker returned the favour with an elbow to the head not long after.
Neither incident was seen by the match officials at the time but the FA confirmed the charges after reviewing video evidence.
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“The players were involved in two separate incidents in or around the 44th minute which were not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video,” said an FA statement.
Both players are charged with violent conduct and have until 6pm on Tuesday to respond.
Mings could face an extended suspension if the accusation against him is upheld, as the FA said a standard three-match ban for violent conduct would not be enough.
The statement added: “Furthermore, the FA has submitted a claim that the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed by the Bournemouth defender is ‘clearly insufficient’.”
“Off-the-ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.
“Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.”
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Even a three-match ban could spell disaster for United in their quest for the FA Cup and a top four Premier League finish, however, as they have relied heavily on the Swede’s goalscoring abilities this season.
Ibrahimovic would miss the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea and league games against Middlesbrough and West Brom if banned for three games.