Manchester United boss Solskjaer backs extra subs change

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the introduction of extra substitutions will be a welcome addition to the Premier League.

The league restarts on 17 June after what will be a 100-day suspension of play.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the English top flight to shut down in March.

Project restart forges ahead despite warnings

Britain’s official virus death toll has now topped 40,000, but ‘Project Restart’ will see the Premier League get going again. Manchester United return to action away to Tottenham Hotspur on 19 June.

United will have to hit the ground running as the engagement againsy former boss Jose Mourinho’s Spurs is followed by a clash with fellow European qualification hopefuls Sheffield United on 24 June. The FA Cup quarter-final at Norwich and another league match at Brighton will follow soon afterwards.

Manchester United boss Solskjaer welcomes extra subs

With 92 matches needed to complete the season matches will come thick and fast. For this reason the Premier League clubs have agreed managers will be able to make up to five substitutions per match from an expanded nine-strong bench as a way of helping sides cope with a three-month backlog of fixtures.

“I think that’s helpful because footballers, after being out for so long, going into competitive games will be a challenge for them and we have to look after them injury-wise and fitness-wise,” United manager Solskjaer told the club’s website.

“We can’t just flog one player and say to them, ‘you play every game and every minute’ because it might be a period when we have to rotate quite often.”

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United are currently three points adrift of a place in next season’s Champions League. 

“It does feel like a new season but then again, the first two games against Tottenham and Sheffield United are vital for the league standings, the table,” Solskjaer said.

Solskjaer was upbeat about the prospect of getting something out of a season that has thus far been one Manchester United fans might want to forget.

“And it’s a short season, it’s only nine (league) games so can we get as many points and good performances as possible.

“If we do get a good spell now, we could end up with some trophies and something to cheer about.

“It’s a young team with some great talent, some great work-rate, personalities… the human qualities in the group are fantastic.”

The enforced suspension has allowed Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford to regain fitness from long term injuries bolstering Solskjaer’s squad.

Mourinho awaits Manchester United

Solskjaer was cautious about their prospects of playing against Mourinho’s Spurs first up.

“Well, we hope everybody’s going to be ready for the first game.

“We’ve had time out so I don’t think we can expect that those lads who’ve missed lots of the football can last the full game.”



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