The case for restarting the Premier League season is currently still pretty complicated, with no agreement in place.

There would be a condensed fixture schedule and The Guardian report one option being considered to help reduce the risk of injuries is for the number of substitutions permitted per match to be increased from three to five.

It is a controversial proposal to change the rules of a competition mid-season. Yet these are unprecedented times.

Player safety is paramount and at least the reasoning behind this proposed change is in their interests.

So what effect would this have on the game, and what would it mean for Manchester United?

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Tactics, big squads, and a loan extension

Having five available substitutes will create new scenarios for managers. Will teams look to bring on as many as four, even five players at half-time in the hope fresh legs will swing a match?

There are also likely to be more superfluous time-wasting substitutions as teams with a 1-0 lead look to close out games.

It will benefit teams with big squads of players. Manchester United have options, although it is questionable how strong our depth is in certain areas.


United will need to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan, if there are as many as nine league games required to be played in a six week period, even if Marcus Rashford is passed fit to play.

Rashford could be eased back into action as a late substitute in matches.

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More chances for young players and fringe stars

Potentially, United’s talented crop of young players stand to benefit from the proposals.

There could be more opportunities for James Garner and Tahith Chong, if there as as many as five substitutes permitted per match, instead of three.

It also suits players like Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who are fit again after injury.

If United are looking to protect leads, defensive substitutions and a need for fresh legs could see Solskjaer turn to the bench to bring on players who normally may not have been called upon.

Angel Gomes is another player who may benefit. United are still looking for the youngster to extend his contract. Anything which offers him the chance at more game time, may help.

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