MICHAEL OWEN has fired back at Manchester United supporters who took issue with his suggestion that Liverpool should have targeted Marcus Rashford’s ankle in yesterday’s game.
The incident happened on live TV during the Premier League clash at Old Trafford and resulted in a huge backlash against the former United and Liverpool striker.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced into making three first-half substitutions during the 0-0 draw, leaving Rashford to play the full 90 minutes with a dodgy ankle.
Owen then claimed that Jurgen Klopp should instruct his players to target Rashford’s ankle in a bid to reduce the Red Devils to ten men.
This prompted a flurry of angry comments on social media, with many believing Owen’s remarks overstepped a line.
But the former England ace reckons he said nothing wrong, and merely providing some insight during the game.
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Owen tweeted: “Hadn’t realised there were so many angels here on Twitter. For everyone in uproar over my comments yesterday, get real.
“As an ex-player I am employed to give my views and insights into what happens at football clubs all over the land.”
However, United fans were not buying the excuse, with one replying: “There’s a difference between saying what you think and just having those thoughts.
“As an ex pro, who suffered from injuries throughout his career, you should have a bit more class about you. It was just a bit distasteful and not needed.”