Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United manager frustrated Premier League clubs voted against five substitutes

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has bemoaned the decision by Premier League clubs to vote against using five substitutes this season.

The rule was brought in when the 2019-20 season restarted in June after a three-month hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the top flight has reverted to three substitutions, something Solskjaer believes has contributed to the number of injuries this campaign in a congested calendar.

Asked whether he was in favour of five substitutes, Solskjaer said: “100 per cent. I don’t understand and I cannot believe the vote went against because we have to look after the players.

“We have to think about the players. This season is the most demanding season of all.

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“I can see the point why clubs voted against but if you take a step back and think about these professional footballers and their mental and physical health the only sensible solution would have been to give us the opportunity to rest a few more.

“We have already seen a lot of injuries in the Premier League. I would have liked to have five subs.”

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