Why Man Utd couldn't make a 5th substitution to replace Brandon Williams against Southampton 
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Why Man Utd couldn’t make a 5th substitution to replace Brandon Williams against Southampton 

United fans were angry that their manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer refused to replace injured Brandon Williams in their side’s 2-2 draw against Southampton on Monday.

Manchester United were forced to play the last minutes in their 2-2 draw against Southampton on Monday with 10-man after injury to one of their players.

A dangerous challenge by Kyle Walker-Peters on Brandon Williams left the United player in blood and a nasty injury ending his time on the pitch.

With United already made four substitutions, mathematically they could still make one more since the Premier League have allowed five substitutions.

But the manager didn’t and United played the last minutes of the game with 10-man and they eventually conceded an equaliser.

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Ole Gunner Solskjaer couldn’t make the the substitution because the new five substitutions rule allows for the substitutions to be made in three segments.

Meaning you could use your five substitutions in the formats; 3-1-1, 1–2-1, 2-2-1, 1-1-2, and 2-1-2 if you want to complete the five substitutions.

In this game, Manchester United did a 1-1-2 bringing in Fred for Paul Pogba in the 64th minute, Brandon Williams for Luke Shaw in the 70th minute then Daniel James for Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay for Bruno Fernandes in the 84th minute.

The three segments have been used up and there was no way Ole Gunner Solskjaer could bring on any other player for his injured star.

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Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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