Manchester United: Five players to benefit from Premier League’s new ruling

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These Manchester United youngsters could have a huge chance.

After nearly a three-month pause causing by the coronavirus outbreak, the Premier League is just days away from an exciting resumption. Why we are saying that it is going to be an ‘exciting’ return lies in the fact that the Premier League is coming back with a number of changes to its rulings.

One of the many new inclusions would see a team making five-substitutions in a match to keep their players as much safe and fit as they could. While Premier League’s five-substitute rule would be beneficial to those who have a bigger squad, those who have minimum numbers available in the roster are not expected to face its satisfactory aftermath.

Well, according to the five-substitute rule, one team can put seven to nine players on the bench which once was limited to six players maximum before the invention of the new law. It can also be said that it is not an idea invented by Premier League officials but a mirror approach of what German Bundesliga teams have been successfully putting in work week in, week out.

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Although it remains to be seen how the idea of using five substitutions in a match pans out for the smaller Premier League teams whose squad numbers are very inadequate, it is obvious to say that teams such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur would really enjoy placing seven of their best squad-players on the bench.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a mountain to climb ahead of him as the end of the 2019-20 season would bring a new challenge in front of the Norweigan in the form of the transfer market.

The upcoming window is considered one of the most pivotal in the club’s recent history as the club continue their rebuilding procedure based on the philosophy of making a team for the future.

But before jumping into the market with the hope of recruiting some up-and-coming stars, an abrupt chance has appeared for Solskjaer to observe all of his youngsters for one last time. And neither the boss nor those players would like to miss out on those mouth-watering opportunities.

Over the last two seasons, Manchester United have witnessed the emergence of some of the best United graduates. While the likes of Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have already done enough to convince the gaffer, there are some who are yet to establish the same sort of impact on their manager’s mind.

But, as we know Solskjaer has always shown immense faith in youngsters, the remaining contenders, who are striving to prove their worth for the red side of Manchester, are expected to get their deserving chances in the remaining Premier League outings.

According to the Manchester Evening News, there are five youngsters besides Greenwood and Williams who could potentially enjoy the benefits of the newly-fixed five-substitutions rule in the Premier League.

The most sought-after names on the list are of Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, and James Garner, followed by the likes of Teden Mengi and Dylan Levitt.

Touted as an exceptional midfield talent, Angel Gomes deserves the chances more than anyone. After showing a scintillating form in the United’s pre-season tour to Australia, Gomes has only managed to record  61 minutes of Premier League football so far.

His physicality has been one of the major reasons why he has not been given frequent chances for the Reds’ senior side. Now, his future at the Mancunian club is up in the air as he is reluctant to sign a new contract with the club.

United management, including Solskjaer, believes that he is a star in the making and has a great future ahead of him at the current club. Manchester United must give the opportunities the 19-year-old deserves should they want to keep hold of him.

Manchester United have long cried for a right-winger in the transfer window but have never found a perfect one to fill the void left behind by the legendary predecessor. And it looks as if the Dutchman with afro hair could make the spot his own.

The right-winger tied his future by signing on a contract extension until 2022 with Manchester United last January. Presently, Tahith Chong needs opportunities to secure a place in Solskjaer’s first team.

Just like Chong, United midfielder James Garner has been in and out of the first-team squad this season. Despite making a vast impression while running the central region of the pitch for United U-23 side, Garner has yet to show his effectiveness in the senior jersey.

The addition of the five-substitutions rule means Gerner would get chances as a substitute. The only thing he needs to do is grab those chances presented to him. Otherwise, a loan move to a Championship side could be the only way to pursue his development next season.

Talking about Levitt and Menghi, both are talented prodigies and have been featured once in the Europa League this season. It was an away tie to Astana, which they eventually lost 2-1. However, they are still in the picture and ready to thrive.

Tough, the chances of them getting a hefty amount of minutes under their belts looks very dubious when everyone is fit in the senior squad. Nevertheless, we have to wait and see what the future has to unfold.

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Do you think Levitt and Mengi should be given some minutes in the Premier League this season?