Ralf Rangnick suggests Premier League rule change amid Man Utd Covid crisis


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Ralf Rangnick is keen for more substitutes to be allowed (Picture: Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has backed calls for the five substitutes rule to return to the Premier League.

His efforts come after their matches with Brentford and Brighton were called off when they were left with just seven available players amid a Covid-19 outbreak at the club.

United were also forced to close their training ground in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid more players going into isolation.

With the games coming thick and fast over the festive period, Rangnick is keen to do all he can to avoid a burnout of his players, and feels the league should revert from three subs back to five, a rule that has remained in place around the rest of Europe since it was introduced at the start of the pandemic.

‘The five subs were implemented when Covid started, and I think it was the right decision to do that to save energy for players, especially if they have just recovered from Covid,’ said Rangnick.

‘The same is true right now – we are in a similar situation to the one we had one-and-a-half years ago, therefore I don’t see why it shouldn’t be as it was one-and-a-half years ago. As far as I know, in Europe, England is the only country where they only allow three subs.

‘I think it would be of great help to have five subs. I would be much more in favour of having five subs. I think we should seriously think about that again. Most of the players would be in favour of that.’


Ralf Rangnick has plenty of attacking talent at his disposal to rotate his teams (Picture: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of United’s clash with Newcastle on Monday 27, the German boss also suggested scrapping the League Cup to avoid having to play so many matches in a short period of time.

‘To play in England on Boxing Day, [around the] December 30 and January 2 is a big tradition. I’m looking forward to that, it’s the first time in my coaching career that I will be part of it,’ he added.

‘But there could be two other issues that have been discussed in the past.

‘England is the only top league that plays two cup competitions, in France they abolished the second one, we are the only country that plays two cup competitions, this is something we could speak about and discuss, the League Cup is still kept for the third and fourth division teams to improve the financial situations of those clubs.

‘But a tight calendar, too many games, this is something to speak and discuss.

‘The other issue changed is you would have to have a replay, this had been changed now, other countries, you play extra-time and penalties, and never have replays, those are topics you could speak about.’

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