Top Premier League clubs are reportedly lobbying for the five substitute rule to be reintroduced ahead of the new season.
Top-flight clubs were allowed to make five changes at three separate intervals – not including half-time – when the 2019-20 season restarted following the coronavirus pandemic.
Football's law-makers, the IFAB, gave leagues the opportunity to continue with five subs if they wished for the new campaign, but Premier League sides voted 13-7 in favour of reverting to three.
However, according to The Sun, both Manchester club along with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are among clubs keen for the option of making five changes to continue.
The unhappy leading clubs have found enough support to raise the issue again with the conversation now back on the agenda.
Some clubs have reportedly changed their minds since the vote, despite concerns keeping the increased number of substitutions would disproportionately benefit the bigger sides due to the talent on their benches.
If the lobbying clubs get their way, it will be the latest in a string of rule changes for the new season.
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