The Premier League has confirmed plans for teams to have nine substitutes on the bench next season, The Athletic report.

The 2020/21 campaign began with only seven substitutes permitted per team.

This rule was amended midway through the season to allow nine substitutes. The Premier League have decided to stick with permitting nine for the upcoming 2021/22 season.

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Keeps players happy

This is a positive for Manchester United, and Jesse Lingard is a case in point.

Last season in the first half of the campaign, Lingard often failed to make the matchday squad. As a result, he ended up going out on loan in order to rescue his career.

Lingard is a player who wants to stay, even if he won’t be first choice. Only of he or Juan Mata would make the bench if only seven were permitted. Instead, both players can get into the same matchday squad, keeping them happier.

United have more than 30 players on the books right now, and while this will be reduced as some get sent out on loan, being able to name 20 substitutes is better than 18.

It is tolerable for a player to be named on the bench. Solskjaer saw this for much of his playing career and made a name for himself as an impact player.

But it is a miserable experience for players who do not even make the matchday squad, and Solskjaer stands a better chance at keeping morale high by being able to name 20 players for Premier League games.


More choice for Solskjaer

This move should also benefit Solskjaer during matches. He will have more substitutes available, and as such, a wider variety of choice.

He can pick defensive, midfield, and attacking players and still be left with a choice as to who should come on.

United still have to decide who will head out on loan and even be sold, and having a bigger matchday squad could tempt Solskjaer to keep players he considers to be borderline, like Anthony Elanga.

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Beneficial to younger players

Anthony Elanga is one of several young players who could benefit from this ruling.

Along with Shola Shoretire, Hannibal, Amad, and James Garner, Manchester United have a talented crop of youngsters on the fringes of the first team.

The problem is that with seven substitutes, United would have to leave out an experienced player to include one of the talented prospects.

With nine, United can bring players through, onto the bench, and in circumstances where the team is leading heavily with half an hour to go, Solskjaer can bring them on to gain experience.

While one or two like Garner could still be loaned, the substitutes bench rule gives United a better chance of keeping them happy if they stay.

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