Manchester United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has supported expanded matchday crews, saying players psychological well-being could be influenced when they are excluded from the match day crew.
Solskjaer’s group will confront Istanbul Basaksehir in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday November 24, and he would now be able to make up to five substitutes, which chops down the odds of players getting exhausted.
He is additionally ready to choose a bigger matchday crew than is permitted in the Premier League.
Even though the increased number of matchday squads allowed in Europe give managers more options in tactics, Solskjaer believes that the players benefit mentally from being involved compared to if they stayed at home.
“So I like the five subs, I also like the size of the squads because the players feel involved, especially during lockdown,” Solskjaer said.
“Sometimes if you’re told you’re not in the squad you’ve got to stay at home and you can’t go and see your friend or see the game with a friend.
“That’s another mental welfare that we have to look after with the players, so Champions League, I like it.”
United occupy top spot in Champions League Group H ahead of Tuesday’s game, but Solksjaer has admitted he wants to get red star midfielder Bruno Fernandes at some stage as the club will play 11 games in December.
“Bruno is not going to be able to play every single game, that’s for sure,” Solskjaer said.
“So when he only played one-and-a-half games with Portugal during the international break I was very happy.”