Good work on the thread @stevemc
Transfers out -
Like most, I started the season with the hope of shifting the "dead wood". Matic, seemed to be the only player I could drum up any real interest for, out he went for 9 mil to Guanzhou. Rojo and Bailly leaving on loan deals to Wolves and Marseille respectively.
Unfortunately, Lingard picked up an injury that ruled him out for the season, and a move away from the club.
Mata & Jones were unwanted by myself...….and everyone else.
Transfers in -
With a purse bursting at the seams, I had high hopes of snapping up some English talent. With my scouts looking at Sancho, Chilwell, Maddison & Rice.
In reality, I failed to lure the sought after youngsters, and settled for 1 transfer and 2 loan deals.
In came -
Leon Goretzka for 33 mil. My thought process here was that I wanted a solid, hard working BBM to partner Mr Pogba.
In came James Rodriguez on loan for the season. A no brainer this one, A solid AM for little financial & contractual commitment. Eyes & hopes were on Eriksen in the following summer.
My second loan deal - Federico Bernadeschi. With Lingard our for the year and Sancho not interested. Another loan deal seemed the sensible option, giving me the time to fulfil positions whilst waiting upon desired players.
Formation & style of play -
I wanted wide, attacking, decisive & exciting.
Settling into a 4231 attack.
I wanted my wing backs pushing up high, providing an outlet from central areas. BPCBs using the ball well, picking passes for my pacey attack. A BBM & AP in the centre providing energy and creativity. My wide players being set to IFL & IWR pushing into central areas to support my AF. Lastly my AM, linking it all together in the final third, providing goals. assists and all round technical wizardry.
My season started better than Sir Alex could of imagined. 20 league games played & 19 won. Not bad that?!
Over the next 6-8 games, my smooth, fast paced wheels, decided to, just. Fall off. Goals dried up, confidence got knocked, form.....nowhere to be found.
Tweaks & changes ensued, and my cup competition journeys all burst like a worn tyre. Europa League, knocked out by Arsenal in the 2nd RK iirc. FA Cup, losing to Liverpool in a 4th round replay and the EFL losing early doors to the mighty Irons.
Luckily, and without the pressures of cup and continental football, our league form picked up and the tweaks took shape.
My AF changed to a DLF - A.
My BBM changed to a DLP, IW-R to W-S
Various changes to my AM to AP & back to AM.
And back came the Premier league champions status to Old Trafford.
Finished with 94 pts, 6 pts above Liverpool in second.
Bernadeschi - 40 apps and 21 goals. For a loan signing, he really bought in to what I was trying to achieve.
Martial as my AF then into my DLF-A scored 27 in all comps in 43 apps.
Linderlof - A rock for me at the back, and his balls being sprayed around the pitch were a delight. ooo er.
Will try to update as I go through. Currently -