‘It favours the powerful clubs’: Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says the five subs per-game rule makes things HARDER for his side as they aim to crown a stunning season with a Champions League place
- Sheffield United resume their season on Wednesday with a trip to Aston Villa
- It will be one of the first Premier League games where teams can make five subs
- But United manager Chris Wilder says the rule favours the bigger teams
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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has spoken out against new Premier League rules that will allow five substitutes a match when the season resumes this week.
The Blades return to action on Wednesday when they head to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa, with Wilder’s men looking to maintain their tremendous form from before the coronavirus interval.
Wilder will be able to make five switches during the match but the United boss is not a fan of the new rules.
Chris Wilder is not a fan of the new rules that allow teams to make five substitutes a match
Wilder says the rule favours the powerful clubs that have greater depth than Sheffield United
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Wilder said: ‘It favours the powerful clubs. We don’t think that is the right way to go about it.’
The rule change has largely been met with a favourable response from clubs, with the five switches appearing to pave the way for more academy players to carve out a chance for first-team action.
Another reason for its introduction is that it allows more players to be rested which, in turn, should lower the chances of sustaining an injury as the end of the season is crammed in.
But Wilder clearly feels the benefit lies with the bigger clubs that boast a deeper squad depth.
‘We are delighted we are back playing and giving people something to watch in difficult times,’ Wilder added, but he refused to be drawn on his club’s European chances.
United are seventh but are only two points behind Manchester United in fifth. Victory over Villa would see them overtake Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and a fifth place finish could be enough to seal a Champions League place if Manchester City’s European ban is upheld in the Court of Arbitration for sport.
But Wilder is not getting distracted by talk of Europe.
‘Are we going to talk about Villa or what? It’s the first game up,’ he said. ‘Is there any chance to talk about that? Because that’s all I am looking at. I am not looking at anything else,’ he said.
United return to action on Wednesday against Aston Villa – a win would move them up to fifth
Wilder is refusing to allow his players to get distracted by talk of European football
‘If it gets to the situation where we are one or two games out and we are still in a fantastic position then we will possibly talk about that.
‘At the moment we have quarter of a season to go near enough. I am sure that you have seen the fixture list as such as I have seen it, there are some incredible challenges in front of us.
‘We have got to control what we can control and that is our own performances and results and if we are still there with a couple of games to go then we will look to turn a good season into a memorable one.’
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