Michael Owen says he would have told Liverpool's players to kick Marcus Rashford's ankle

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Manchester United’s match against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon failed to live up to the hype.

The contest finished 0-0, with chances between the two sides few and far between.

The result does mean Liverpool now sit a point above Manchester City in the Premier League title race, though. Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Southampton means Man United are now fifth.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to throw his gameplan out of the window when injuries forced him into making three first-half substitutes.

Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all failed to see out the opening 45 minutes, meaning the Red Devils were unable to make any subs in the second half.

That hurt Marcus Rashford, who had to play the entire match despite suffering an early injury to his ankle.

Solskjaer admitted after the draw that he would be surprised if Rashford plays against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

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Owen: Liverpool should have kicked Rashford

The 21-year-old deserves a lot of credit for seeing out the game despite being in a lot of pain - he surely would have come off had the three game-ending injuries that his teammates suffered not occurred.

Yet former Premier League striker Michael Owen believes Jurgen Klopp’s side should have done all they could into forcing the England international to come off.

Owen was a pundit for Optus Sport when, at half-time, he said he would have told Liverpool’s players to “kick Rashford on the ankle” if he was Klopp.

“If I was Jurgen Klopp, in that dressing room at half-time, with Manchester United not being able to bring on another substitute, I’d be saying, ‘right, first person, first opportunity, go and kick Rashford on the ankle that he’s been limping on in the first half,” Owen said.

To openly encourage players to injure an opposing player certainly isn’t the finest act of sportsmanship, and Owen is facing a lot of criticism for his comments.

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