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  1. Ive been considering having 4141 DM-Wide as one of my rotational tactics. 433, 4231 & 4141 dm-wide. Not much difference between them, just the midfield organisation depending on the team we're facing. In my previous save i had Pogba (DLP-S) & vdBeek (CM-S) with Bruno in CAM, and Pogba was amazing, he had a spell of about 10 games where he was regularly on the scoresheet (7-8 goals) and plenty of assists too. Im sure he ended up 2nd highest goalscorer, but probably because Martial & Rashford only had spells where they were great, and then Haaland was the main striker from Jan on, so they hit double figures, but Pogba played more games and that helped. What ive never been sure on is whether im better off playing to a specific formation & style as already defined, or whether i should adjust it to match the players preferences. Im not talking about playing people in positions unsuited to them (ie Matic as DLP), but taking one they rate at 80% with, and using a 100% one. Am i basically taking a working tactic and weakening it bit-by-bit by telling everyone to do what they're best at (100% role), rather than whats needed of them (60-80% role), and could an inferior quality end up being better simply because they're used correctly, and vice-versa.
  2. Thats bonkers! How'd it end?? I've just entered December, after a strong start we seemed to struggle but still do enough to win. I was 5pts behind City in 2nd, Liverpool 3pts behind me in 3rd. Then a handful of games later i hadnt even noticed their first defeat, but the live table had me move ahead of City who were losing against Liverpool. They lost 3 on the bounce, and now after 18 games City are 4pts behind me and 1 ahead of Liverpool (who just 0-0'd v Everton) and now i suspect things might get more tense cos we'll drop plenty of points in the second half as matches come flying in think & fast as i dont really have the quality in the squad for back-to-back important games. The first 6 months are easy cos typically its a weak Europa side clogging up the fixture list and sticking a few kids in with Mata, Matic, Pereira, Jones, Young etc. When its FAC & EL knock-outs, and a top-6 side in there too, we're too thin. That said, transfer funds have finally arrived and i've already kinda broke my 2-3 summer, 1 winter signing policy, I added Haaland as i'd always planned, and i had to move on Luis as Liverpool had, now they might be moving on to Dias and im contemplating stepping in there with a deal arranged for the summer. Martial is doing great, 12 in 16 league games (missed 3/5 pens though), but a lot of his goals seem to come from balls played from deep over the defence for him to run onto 1-on-1. Against the sides who pack the defence, we struggle just as IRL, and Haaland was very useful in games like that in my original game. He's a bully in the box. Has anyone signed Eriksen? That move strikes me as an authentic Utd move, rather than Bruno who seems to be slightly better and younger too. I'd like a CAM option, and ive gone with Bruno in the previous save and last years game, so dont really want to keep repeating the same game.
  3. Has anyone seen FM achieve anything as realistic as this before? Put Havertz as a transfer target late Sept on a closed window start, and the next day Ed's made an offer. I look at the next mail, he offered 600k. Its uncanny.
  4. Finally got my new season underway, and 4th game is Liverpool (default fixtures) and just laughed them out of Old Trafford, 4-0 We just walked all over them, and Martial missed a penalty just before HT when 3-0 up. Beat Leicester 3-1, lost 1-0 at City, came back to beat Norwich 2-1, and now artificially top knocking Liverpool off in the process simply because we've played that match before the others played their 4th. Ended the weekend in 2nd, just a point behind Arsenal who've had 4 easy games. I've already had Shaw pick up 2 injuries (3-4wk and 1wk) which doesnt fill me with confidence, as i think we can make top 4 with the team we have, but injuries will be a huge issue. I'd started the season with 4231 Control Possession, with 433 wide CP and 433 Gegenpress just training in the background. I dont like starting a season with Gegenpress as i feel the high intensity early on creates problems with late match stamina levels, however they seemed to finish the previous game alright and had a week to recover, so I switched it up. I'll likely rotate between them 3 tactics over the course of the season, see how it goes. I'd normally have bought someone for AMC, giving more reason to play someone in the middle, but with the choice of Lingard, Mata & Pereira, its not ideal. I'd rather use Pogba and/or Fred in an AP-A role while McT or Matic provides cover.
  5. I've started a new save, I wanted to finish the previous games first season to get a little more experience (incl is it possible to keep Pogba with PSG sniffing - it is, with CL football and ~400k/wk offered straight away), but felt i'd gone too aggressive with my changes and i won all 4 trophies incl a 3-0 EL final against Madrid (won 1 CL group game in a very average group). So i'm starting fresh with a slightly larger db, and im following the recent trend of others and disabled the first transfer window too. Never done it before, so it feels a little odd. What I want to do is try and be a bit more realistic: - No wholesale clear outs and crazy spending sprees - Aim for 2-in, 3-out each summer, and 1-in, 1-out if need during the winter. - Target 1 big name signing, and 2 reasonably priced players with potential. Something similar to recent years. - Bringing academy players through to the first team and given a chance. - Sticking with players who simply arent good enough, because its cheaper than selling and replacing them with decent players. IMO FM hasnt dont a particularly good job of reflecting the stranglehold the Glazers have on the club, and you can easily live with them as owners and have success without being a decent player. So im going to try and impose some of those restrictions on myself. Besides, who really wants to play games and them be fun... right guys?
  6. I'd love to see the ability to save and then load the settings within Responsibilities, possibly allow this sort of data to be tied to the managers avatar/profile when you start new games, simply so theres less work to do when starting a new save. Same look, same ability/qualifications, and same duties. Things might change from game to game, but probably not by much. Most people simply dont care for certain aspects, and having to keep going back because you missed a setting and have to locate it, can get a little frustrating. Just simple QoL feature, nothing game changing.
  7. Yeah, it had a lot of ppl unimpressed when it was hitting their save last year, not aware that Brexit was even a thing in the game, getting 18mo into a save and then up pops the news. IMO it kinda sucks when we're all playing the same game, same starting point, but 2/3 of people have a different set of rules (im aware some will find that hypocritical), because their virtual brexit went differently. Its not like the chance of getting a sugar daddy owner or something, its involving politics into a game, when the outcome hasnt been decided IRL.
  8. Its random, unless you disable it with the editor beforehand (or download a ruleset that does it) like i did
  9. Thats kinda how i went into my game, i just wanted to stabilise things, and make sure we made the top 4 & CL spot. However i went too far and fixed things a little too quickly, and the likes of Liverpool & City just dont have that ruthless streak in FM that we've seen from them the last few years IRL. They're sloppy, so the challenge of finishing ahead of them isnt too unrealistic. Improve the squad and its certainly doable. I regret my start somewhat (Chilwell, Dias, vdBeek & Bruno F, then Haaland in winter) and kinda wish i'd just picked up say vdBeek/Bruno and Haaland (late summer or winter) and treat it as how we SHOULD have ended this last transfer window, rather than leaving midfield weaker (No Herrera & Pogba sulking) and no CF. I think i might just finish the season, and then restart it as above. I'd really like to try and play the game in a more sensible manner, and not just buy 6 amazing players every summer, 2 every winter, and have an unrecognisable team within 2 seasons. Just sign 2 decent players, and bring through a couple of the u18s at the same time.
  10. I prefer - Mike 'nobody calls me Mike' Phelan If anyone doesnt get the reference, its from a good few years after losing at Stamford bridge when the players went out for their post-match warm down and Evra got into a bit of a scuffle with the groundsmen, and as part of his testimony, Phelan said nobody calls him Mike anymore, then signed his statement... Mike. Presumably that name being said was relevant to defending Evra & co. When it comes to coaching staff, is there anything relevant other than their stars? Assuming they speako the lingo etc. I have mine currently at... Keeping: 5 & 4.5 Defending: 4.5 & 4 Attacking: 5 (me) & 4.5 Possession: 4 & 4.5 Fitness: 4.5 & 4.5 Thats enough to be #1 in 3 stats, best avg in league, and worst stat still only puts us 3rd vs rest. Not sure if some people dont wanna know who, so i'll stick in spoiler. Im only using top divisions in Spain, France, Germany & Italy. Top 2 in English, and then something like key players in South America. Nothing too exotic. One of the reasons im questioning whether stars is the only relevant factor in coaching, is because im seeing a handful of players where 2/3 of their attribute scores have dropped. Chilwell, vdBeek, Pereira, Bruno Fernandes. All far from their peak, yet seem to be on the decline. Training is left to Phelan, the only time ive got involved is when ive watched positional changes worked on, like Dan James on RW. None are currently carrying any kind of injury, either. Im just a little concerned that 4 talented players, 3 ive just signed, are going backwards, at least in numbers. I havent medled with anything on that side of things, the training is 'as is' and left to other people to control. So its not like ive giving them the week off. Is there something i can do to fix that, or is that just the normal flow?
  11. We play FM very differently The room goes dark, clouds form and start to rumble... Just got the achievement for scoring in 20 consecutive games, in my first loss in 26 games, first points dropped in 14. Stupidly forgot to double-check the teams fitness before starting the game, and most of them finished in the 60's, Pogba got a knock early on to make matters worse, and in my attempts to go more attacking and make something of a 1-1 game at Chelsea with 80min left, they scored twice. Im following stupid mistakes with stupid decision. Im still 2pts clear with a game in hand over Liverpool, 9 games left. So its still looking pretty good, but i have Europa games, City in FAC Q's, and both Liverpool & Arsenal away in the final 4 league games. Its all the games that arent on the calendar yet that are going to make things worse.
  12. Ugh, Luis too!? Any specific changes you made which you feel were responsible for getting him more involved? I just got my youth intake, and theres a cracking keeper in there. Beyond that, 3-4 star CD, 2-3 star CM, and the rest are lower. Sadly i dont think ive ever even started a 5th season in any game, and ive played since CM93-94, possibly earlier. I usually buy too many player and find it doesnt feel like Utd any more, and lose interest. Thats why i'd kinda like to reign things in a little this year. Last year i tried to, and failed (Mbappe, Kane, Savic, de Ligt, de Jong etc). Im already tempted to sell vdBeek as a stop-gap buy, but he's been solid and at 'regular starter' should be fine rotated more so than an important/star player.
  13. Is Pogba still an issue even after some silverware? League or Europa. I suspect everyone has him with promised CL football, but it'd be annoying if we give him that and he then sulks if he isnt allowed to leave anyway. If we failed, then fair enough. We promise him CL football or he can leave, he promises if we get CL football he'll find a different reason he wants to leave. Pretty accurate, really. Maybe Havertz could be a good replacement. I wanted to bring in Sancho and a DLP/CDM/DM like Tonali or Luis. That was going to be it for my 2nd summer. I think i'll also try and offer Pogba a new contract as soon as a CL spot is guaranteed. The question is whether he'd still want to leave right after signing a new contract, or i'll end up paying him bonus payments for renewing then watch him go to PSG anyway. @Zeonflux Yeah im finding pretty much the same. Like they're isolated most of the game. Im not really sure which page would be the best way to analyse it besides of watching the full match, but his recent form might be best. I'd say he has avg 10 passes, and 3-4 shots per 90min. What that doesnt include is how many times he gets the ball but is tackled, and i dont see a way to add it, if its even a measured stat. As mentioned in my previous post, im not entirely sure how to send him out. Ive been going back n forth between Pressing (his preferred) and Complete which i think he could excel at, Letting him drop deeper and get involved and play in the wide players, as well as being available further up the pitch to put it away. It could also lead to him being in the wrong place when needed. Too deep when crossed come in, Alone and unavailable when trying to build up play. Presumably a better ability/understanding to play those roles helps him make the right decisions on where he needs to be. I had no idea Sancho & Haaland would change their stance in the first summer. I had a handful of targets who just flat out said nah right at the beginning, and i left it there and got on with finding someone else, and going back when things looked better at the club.
  14. F*CK VAR!!! Not even 9min in and 3 goals disallowed (ended 1-0 with 89th min winner, no VAR to save them that time!) Currently in March, next game is Europa Quarters vs Wolfsberg. Havent lost since late November, and havent even dropped a point since the first week of Feb. I have a 3pt gap to Liverpool (played 1 extra) and 8pts to City on equal games. They've continued to squander points throughout the season, while i started sloppy but once we got a bit of a run, we've been unstoppable. Pogba has been unbelieveable since January, scoring in the last 6 games. 11 in our 14 games in 2020, he didnt play in 2 of those matches (kept the first team fresh for consecutive games before playing City), and another match he came on at the 81st minute and still scored the winner on the very same minute he came on! He's not even the penalty taker. Haaland has been impressove, too. 5 in 10, and he's starting the key games. I started him as pressing forward, then tried complete, before going back to pressing. Pressing is his preference, but I suspect that unless the 2 wingers are playing a similar pressing game, he's just chasing his tail. If anyone fancies providing some thoughts on whether i should persist with 'complete' and mould him that way, or continue with pressing and what i'd need to achieve that (presumably wide players with stamina, anticipation & work rate, and maybe pace, teamwork & concentration?), it'd certainly be appreciated. I've always just let them play in their preferred role, rather than sent them out playing my way.
  15. Yeah, a custom kit pack was used (edit - although tbh i thought that was purely used to show what the kit looked like, rather than being used in the 3DME. If thats 2 different things, i havent downloaded anything i know to be specifically for the 3DME models). I havent seen it happen since, and as i mentioned, when the 2nd half kicked off everyone seemed to be fine again. No idea how i'd reproduce it. I dont recall doing anything unusual beforehand.
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