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  1. So after been given £240m to spend at the beginning of season 2 my business is complete, with a net spend of £122m; My first team and reserve team are now as follows; Hopefully should be able to challenge on all fronts with the strength in depth.
  2. Season 1 - Review Can't remember if I have ever done a Man U save in previous FM's but this seems like a good time to try and revive their fortunes. Transfers With the squad already being pretty decent I decided to add pure quality rather than quantity and targeted a new LB, DMC and ST. Fortunately I was able to bring in my first choice in each position, manipulating the initial £100m budget just enough to allow a net spend of £112m. Sadly offloading players proved a little more difficult. There was one major change in January, with Everton coming in to replace Mata (Mata had performed well in the first half of the season, but I wanted to replace him sooner rather than later). Formation I decided on a fairly standard 4-4-2 formation. The Season The PL season was much easier than expected, going top early on and never dropping out of top spot. Based on a couple of other saves I have done I was expecting a much harder fight from Liverpool, especially having signed both Grimaldo and Milik from under their noses (both players were in negotiations with them when I made my bids and both players said Liverpool was their preferred destination). The Carabao Cup wasn't deemed important by the board and was a good opportunity to experiment, with my reserve side taking a beating from a full strength Liverpool side despite a good performance. We topped a relatively easy Europa League group before comfortably beating Besiktas in the first knockout round. In the second knockout round a 1-0 home win against RB Leipzig (should have been at least 5-0) wasn't enough after Daniel James got sent off inside 5 minutes in the return leg, eventually leading to a 2-0 defeat (2-1 on aggregate) despite our best efforts. A double was on the cards after an easy run to the FA Cup final, before Arsenal won an extremely even game by being more clinical in front of goal. End of Season The squads performance was excellent and everyone chipped in, Victor Lindelöf being the only outfield player not to register a goal. Rashford and Milik were unstoppable up front (Rashford scoring an incredible 5 hattricks during the season), and Lingard providing an extremely respectable 17 assists. The biggest surprise of the season was Tahith Chong who chipped in with 12 goals in just 15 starts. A brilliant Premier League season saw a number of awards come our way; (unbelievably Lingard was left out of Englands' 2020 European Championship squad) While we also dominated the Premier League Team of the Year; And brought with it three new Man Utd Premier League records; Next Season After such a good season I was hoping for a decent transfer budget and the board duly delivered; Now for some fun!
  3. How has this ended 0-0? How have we had 31 shots, hit the woodwork 4 times, but only 1 CCC?
  4. Beowulf P107 going well with Man U; Annoyingly the only defeat in this run came thanks to a 5th minute sending off. The draw against Man City was a last kick equaliser for them and the West Ham draw was thrown away from a 2-0 lead and cruising.
  5. Using Beowulf; It's brilliant at home but not so great away as the last three PL games highlight perfectly; Are there any complimentary tactics that are a bit more solid away from home?
  6. Also noticed that a lot of opposition chances are created by simple balls over the top. Will dropping the DL affect the tactic?
  7. Using Wulf and it's working well, dominating every game but getting frustrated at results like this; Why do the AI seem to score with a higher percentage of shots despite having weaker players???
  8. Wondering which tactic is performing the best for top teams since update, Wulf, Sympathy or Tequila Sunrise?
  9. Was slightly concerned the update might ruin Tequila Sunrise tactic which has been going well, but based on first game hopefully not;
  10. How is this possible? Winning every game & with a GD of over 160 is so unrealistic. Out of interest why are most of your players showing as Alienated under the Playing Time heading?
  11. It's at the bottom of @stanleycjames post towards the top of this page
  12. So after finishing 4th in my first season with Aston VIlla using Sympathy vol1, second season syndrome hit. Predicted to finish top 7 in season 2, but after a very inconsistent start to the season was in 11th and in danger of the sack. Switched to the 4-4-2tweakedby lass and the turnaround in form has been instant; The last three game run has been ridiculous, wasn't expecting a single point.
  13. 2019/2020 Season Review Pre-season As I always do, I left the arrangement of friendlies to my Assistant Manager, which resulted in an extremely easy pre-season (with the exception of one loss, which came despite completely dominating the game). The main thing was that everyone got plenty of football and therefore match fitness. August 2019 I was hoping for an easy first game back in the Premier League, but then the fixtures were announced. We were given a difficult game first up at home to Chelsea, but then came three games that could all be targeted for points. After a fantastic (and well deserved) 2-0 win over Chelsea boosted confidence, two further wins and a draw followed to leave us joint top at the end of August. The only blip was an early exit from the Carabao Cup, where a much-weakened team lost to Cardiff. September 2019 Due to the international break only three fixtures were played in September, with some startling results (none more so than the 7-4 victory at Goodison Park). 13 goals in the three games resulted in three more wins and top spot in the league. October 2019 October was another great month, with only three fixtures played again due to International commitments. A very creditable draw at home to Manchester City and wins away at Leicester and Sheffield United saw us retain top spot and our unbeaten record (8 wins and 2 draws). November 2019 After beginning the month with a win at home to Crystal Palace an extremely tough run followed, defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United were followed up by a draw with Spurs. This saw us drop to fourth place in a very congested top end of the table. December 2019 After such a tough November, December gave us a favourable run of fixtures which resulted in a 10-point return from a possible 15. This saw us jump back into second place behind Liverpool, who were starting to pull away from the chasing pack. January 2020 With January came the FA Cup Third round and subsequently the first real need for rotation of the squad. We scraped through after extra time in the replay, before suffering defeat to Norwich in the Fourth Round. Three wins and two defeats in the league saw us drop back into fourth, still clinging to a Champions League place. February 2020 After a stunning 5-1 win over Chelsea we were on a high but were quickly brought back down to earth with a 4-2 home defeat by run-away leaders Liverpool. 4 points from the other two games provided a solid return and kept us in a Champions League spot. March 2020 An unbelievably quiet month saw us pick up 4-1 victories in our only two games and moved us up to third place. This put us some way clear of fifth place and a Champions League spot was unbelievably looking likely. April 2020 Another very tough month resulted in only 7 points from a possible 15 and dropped us back into 4th place with the chasing pack closing the gap. After the defeat by Spurs, a game we dominated from start to finish, they were now only 4 points behind with a game in hand. By the end of the month they had taken advantage of the game in hand and gone above us by a single point with three games remaining. May 2020 May was going to be very much “squeaky bum time”, but with three very winnable games things looked promising, and the pressure now switched to Spurs to retain their Champions League place. A nervy 2-1 win over Watford, coupled with Spurs draw at Old Trafford, put us a point above them and back in control of our own destiny in the race for the top four. Draws for both of us in the penultimate round of games meant the battle was going into the final game(s) of the season with only a single point difference, but with Spurs crucially having a considerably better goal difference. In the final game of the season Wolves scored with their first three shots of the game to lead 3-0 after 15 minutes. Despite our best efforts, and completely dominating the game, no more goals were scored and it looked like a heart-breaking end to the season. Total devastation quickly turned to elation with the news that Spurs had lost 2-1 at West Ham, both West Ham goals (including an 83rd minute winner) scored by Robert Snodgrass who had been on loan at Villa in the 2017/2018 season and become a huge fan favourite. Less than a year after being promoted from the Championship Villa had remarkably qualified for the Champions League and the financial windfall that comes with it. The squad performed brilliantly, with Wesley and Edouard both breaking the 20 goal barrier and Trezeguet weighing in with 8 goals and 12 assists in his debut season. My best signing was without doubt Rafa Soares who scored 2 goals and assisted 12 times from the wing-back position, having cost a bargain £2.8m. Stay tuned for updates on the new season and thanks for reading!
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