Tottenham, Arsenal and United may be able to give them a run for their money on any given day with their strongest XI, but their options on the bench pale in comparison. If, under the new rules, City were drawing 0-0 with United then Guardiola would be able to potentially freshen up his entire front line with little to no impact.
But the Red Devils would struggle to bring in like-for-like replacements at the back to handle City’s fresh faces coming off the bench. Improvements to the squads at United, Arsenal and Tottenham are all likely to be made this summer to close the gap to their rivals.
But having two extra substitutes available from next season would only give an edge to those competing at the top and the trio of sides battling for a top four spot will be left with another fight to overcome.