Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shares Jurgen Klopp’s frustration about the rule change in the Premier League.


Following a vote presented to the clubs before the start of the season, the Premier League decided to reduce the number of sub-teams that can be used in matches to three of the five sub-teams allowed under Project Restart.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reached an agreement with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on the controversial decision to remove five sub-teams from the Premier League.

The manager of Manchester United has spoken out in favor of the five-subs rule, which Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have endorsed.

Manchester United boss Solskjaer has now said that five subs should have been retained.

This means that the Premier League is at odds with most of Europe, as clubs in the Champions League and Europa League are still allowed to use five subs.

This has caused trouble for clubs in Europe, which are facing a hectic schedule due to the late start of the campaign.

“Because we have to look after the players and think about the players.

“One hundred percent [I would have liked to have had five substitutes in the league] and I don’t understand it and I can’t believe that the vote was against it,” Solskjaer told the MEN.

“We have seen a lot of injuries in the Premier League. Pep has talked about it. We as managers, as clubs, as medical staff, we have to take care of them.

“This season is the most exhausting season of all. I can understand why the clubs voted against it, but if you take a step back and think about these professional footballers and their mental and physical health, I think the only reasonable solution would have been to give us the opportunity to rest a little longer.

“That’s why we have to rest the players at certain times. I would have liked to have had five subs”.

Klopp, who was also joined by Frank Lampard of Chelsea, questioned the logic of using fewer players in a shorter period.

His words reflected the words of Liverpool boss Klopp, who was one of the first managers to speak out against the prospect of three substitutes.

He said: “So it’s a question of compressing a normal season into a shorter period, which will be a real challenge, especially with the wonderful rule that we have pretty much set up with 18 [players in the squad]and three [substitutes].

“Just like the whole world does, at least all of Europe, but that’s the way it is. It’s just going to be difficult, but it’s always difficult, so it’s not new.

“By the way, it’s all about the well-being of the players – that’s what I wanted to say, nothing else, but I don’t know why we have to discuss it at all.


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