Christian Eriksen believes five substitution rule will help Manchester United this season
The Premier League was the last major league in Europe to introduce this rule. There was a major belief that such a rule would only benefit the big teams who have good squad depth available.
Eriksen believes that such a rule will benefit his side and he is not wrong in thinking that. The Dane believes both players and manager will benefit from such a rule.
“[The whole squad] is going to be very important and I think this is a good year to have five substitutions – it will help the pressure on a lot of the players and also I think it will give the manager a few more options.”
There was a belief that allowing such a rule in the Premier League would only benefit the top teams as they can afford to have bigger depth in their squad.
But it would be naive to think along those lines in a rigid manner. Every club has a very hectic schedule ahead of themselves for the next two months, due to the World Cup in November. United will play multiple games each week across different competitions till November.
Eriksen is not wrong in thinking that it will benefit both players and managers. The players can get the much-needed rest and managers could bring in new players and see their capabilities and potential during the games.
Rotation and squad depth will play a very important role this season. Erik ten Hag has good depth available to him and it will be interesting to see how he chooses to use it. United have been in good form in the league but suffered a controversial defeat in their opening Europa League game last time out.
The Red Devils had a mixed transfer window as the departures of Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic, and Paul Pogba among others meant the squad depth was initially reduced. However, the acquisition of players like Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Antony, and Casemiro has helped us in that regard.
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Ten Hag will hope for three points from their next game when United travel to face Sheriff this Thursday. With the Premier League games for this weekend getting postponed, it remains to be seen when the new dates are declared.