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Ralf Rangnick asked about two Champions League rule changes affecting Manchester United

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has once again mentioned his displeasure at the Premier League substitutes rule ahead of their Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid this evening.

Rangnick has previously called for the Premier League to reconsider their stance on substitutions — and gave an unsolicited opinion on the ruling once again, as well as being asked about the scrapping of the away goals rule.

For the restart of the 2019-20 season in June, clubs were allowed to make five substitutions rather than the usual three due to the tight schedule and potential absences caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Premier League reverted to the three-subs rule at the start of last term but in the other four major leagues — Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1 — teams can still make five substitutions.

United are also allowed to make five substitutions in Champions League matches but Rangnick insists the rule needs to return to domestic competitions.Away goal rules have been scrapped in the Champions League this season, putting less of an emphasis of importance on scoring away from home, but United will hope to bring back a positive result back to Old Trafford for March 15.

On whether that rule changes United’s approach, Rangnick added: “Well, not really but I mean it’s an important change.

“I’m not saying it’s a good change. It’s important to know that it is not that important to score, it’s about getting a good result that leaves us all the chances for our home game against Atletico.”

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