Michael Owen says he expects the offside rule to be changed after Man City's controversial goal against Aston Villa.

In an open game, City eventually took the lead in the 79th minute when Bernardo Silva fired home after Rodri's pass.

Yet Rodri only had possession of the ball due to tackling Villa defender Tyrone Mings when coming from an offside position.

Villa manager Dean Smith was incensed that the goal was allowed to stand and was eventually sent to the stands for arguing about the decision with Jon Moss.

It subsequently came to light post-match that the decision to allow the goal was correct due to the fact that Mings purposefully opted to play the ball when Rodri was offside.

Premier League rules state that, if a player in an offside position receives possession from an opponent deliberately playing the ball, they are not considered to be offside anymore.

It was a decision that angered plenty, with Rio Ferdinand hitting out at the rule, arguing that Rodri was clearly affecting play when in an offside position.

Michael Owen agreed and tweeted that the issue was so controversial that it will eventually prompt a rule change.

Manchester City shrugged off the difficulties caused by a Covid-19 outbreak to sweep aside Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

First-half goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne effectively ended the match before the break with the home side only able to score a consolation in injury time.

It puts the Blues in good heart ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

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He said: "Absolutely staggering how that’s not been given offside. It’s been such a good game, to be decided on that is shocking.

"I can guarantee that the rule will change at the earliest opportunity. The introduction of new rules, in general, has improved our game over the years. But if that goal is legitimate, there’s a loophole in this one that needs closing immediately."