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Manchester United caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick feels Premier League should reinstate five substitutes rule

Ralf Rangnick offered a positive update on his squad after a Covid-19 outbreak saw their Carrington training ground shutdown and back-to-back league matches postponed.

Manchester United caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick wants the Premier League to reintroduce the rule allowing teams to make five substitutes.

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United is one of many sides to have experienced a Covid-19 outbreak this month, seeing matches against Brentford and Brighton postponed, as well as their training ground shut down.

The Premier League is meeting managers and captains on Thursday afternoon to discuss how best to manage player welfare as fixture congestion becomes a big issue, confounded by the busy winter schedule.

Rangnick feels it would make sense to reinstate five subs – a rule which has remained in the rest of Europe’s top leagues since it has introduced in summer 2020 at the beginning 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, ahead of the Monday Night Football encounter with Newcastle, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

“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.

He added: “I think it would be of great help to have five subs. I would be much more in favor of having five subs. I think we should seriously think about that again. Most of the players would be in favor of that.”

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Ralf Rangnick suggestions on how to tackle fixture pile-up

With player welfare high on the agenda, Rangnick – a relative newcomer to English football. He has asked for his views on how best to tackle fixture congestion.

He offered up two areas that may help avoid a fixture pile-up in the future.

“England is the only league in the top five leagues in Europe that plays two cup competitions,” said the former RB Leipzig and Schalke boss. “France abolished the other one I think a year or two ago.

“This is something we could maybe speak about and discuss. I know the Carabao Cup has been kept for the third. And fourth division teams to recoup the financial situations of those clubs.

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“I think if we talk about a tight calendar and playing too many games – this is something we can discuss.

“The other issue – which has been changed in the last weeks. Also, that is in the FA Cup after a draw you have a replay. I think this is a good idea.

“In other countries, you play extra-time and penalties and you never have that replay situation. Those might be issues that you can talk about.”

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