Man Utd boss Solskjaer agrees with Lampard on subs

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has joined Frank Lampard and Pep Guardiola in calling for five substitutes to be used by Premier League clubs.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has criticised the decision to revert back to three subs and has been supported by Lampard.

And Solskjaer has made it clear he agrees with them.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday morning, he said: “One-hundred per cent. I don’t understand and can’t believe clubs voted against it. It’s the most demanding season of all and we have to look after the players’ mental and physical health.

“We’ve already seen loads of injuries. I know Pep has been talking about it. We, as clubs and managers, have to look after them.”

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Chelsea boss Lampard insisted the Premier League were wrong to make the change.

“I think the ball was firmly dropped when clubs turned away from having five subs,” he said.

“We’re clearly in the most unprecedented times. The demands on players are huge, every club, and I think that was the thing that I completely agree with Pep.

“I’m not just talking about my club, I’m talking about every football player who is asked to play day after day putting themselves at injury risk.

“It’s changed the landscape so we’ll try and manage it as well as we can.

“We’re fortunate in the way that we have a big squad here, but at the same time, we want to do the best, the pressure is on the players who want to get the right results.

“And it could certainly have a big effect this year more than any other year.”

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