Premier League clubs have voted against retaining the five substitutions rule for next season.
After the season restarted in June clubs were allowed to make five substitutions in three batches, rather than the usual three changes, to ease the workload on players suddenly exposed to two games a week.
The interim rule generated largely negative reactions from viewers unable to attend games and 11 of the 20 Premier League clubs voted against implementing the rule at Thursday’s shareholders meeting.
A Manchester United spokesperson refused to say whether the club was for or against adopting five substitutions on a permanent basis. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in favour of the five substitutions option for the restart.
“It depends on the games, I think,” Solskjaer said in June. “I think three subs is the right amount for a game and changing the whole five of them will probably happen because we have to look after players. They’ve been out for a long period, the Premier League is intense, it’s hard physically and they’ve got to go straight into a season after as well.
“It’s a good option for us to protect the players and make sure we don’t get any unnecessary injuries, we have to look after them and take care of them, and make sure we use those periods to make substitutions well.”
It is unclear whether clubs will still be allowed to name nine substitutes after matchday squads were extended to 20 for the remaining fixtures of the 2019-20 campaign.
The Premier League only extended benches from five to seven in 2008.