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  1. Yeah, I agree - this used to annoy the **** out of me back when he was Chelsea manager. Even in the original database in FM16 he would always hang around forever and do really well, even though in real life they completely collapsed and he got the sack that season.
  2. Not really. Although to be fair that six titles in a row looks pretty bad. But whatever the reason for such dominance is, when it continues this far into the future it's not really about United being overrated. A few years into a save and it's much more down to AI squad building and tactics, in addition to the huge (and realistic) amounts of money they get. Back when Mourinho was still Chelsea manager he seemed to always stay there forever in FM and his teams were incredibly difficult to beat. In a United save in FM15 no matter how many points I got in a season Mourinho's Chelsea were never far away, and all the other teams were far below us both. Maybe there's just something in the way Mourinho behaves tactically in FM that makes this happen?
  3. You know you've made it big when this happens: Already did the same to a Liverpool CB, got him to request a transfer and signed him for 59 million despite them initially asking for well over 100 million.
  4. Holy crap what a nerve wrecking end to the season. Up to early March we were flying for a good while, regularly scoring 4-5 goals per game. Then star striker Marzierli gets torn knee ligaments in what was effectively a dead rubber second leg against OM in the champions league (we won the first leg 4-0) and suddenly every game becomes an absolute battle. Among the games left - United at home, Chelsea away, Liverpool away. Somehow manage to win them all, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw at Swansea. Penultimate game of the season, at home against Arsenal, we're 4 points ahead - draw and the title is ours, lose and we surely have to win the last match away at Palace as Arsenal play already relegated Fulham at home. It's been a while since I've screamed at the game so loudly. First and only missed penalty of the season. Iglesias is a great penalty taker, too. After the game I couldn't help but remember my Carlisle save in FM16, where in the last season I played I needed a win at Everton on the last day to win the title, only got a draw and City took the title. Thankfully my players weren't as nervous as I was and we took a comfortable win in the end. 2-0 after first half, they switch to a more attacking tactic so I adjust, they score after a couple of minutes at which point I was on the verge of a heart attack. Thankfully Iglesias got a third at around the hour mark, after which it was pretty smooth sailing. Although I still switched to contain near the end. Here's the table: Also worthy of mention that this was the first time since the 2017-18 season that United didn't win the title - they won 6 on the trot. Newcastle is an interesting team. They were flying early on in the season, spending a few months in top 4, then suddenly turned completely crap and tumbled down the table to around 10th, only to find their form again and surge back up the table. They lost their last UCL group game 8-1 to Sporting, lost 4-0 away to Juve in the first knockout round only to maul them 8-0 at home, beat United 5-2 on aggregate in the QF, then lost 4-1 away to Barca but won 3-0 at home, so made it to the final on away goals. They'll be playing against Bayern, whom I beat comfortably twice in the group stages, so they could certainly win the whole thing. I just hope they don't come after my players, already had to give two players a raise to keep them happy during the season as Newcastle was eyeing them. Anyway, Marzierli. Guy's so good it feels like cheating. After he came back from his injury he was pretty bad for the last few games. His average rating was above 8 before the injury. At the rate he was scoring goals, had he stayed fit I'm pretty sure he'd have broken Andy Cole's scoring record (which hasn't been broken yet). He was wanting away in January again, I refused to sell him and gave him a new contract when he calmed down. No interest in him as of yet, hopefully stays that way. Getting a bit boring to deal with the same stuff every summer. In terms of transfers, I had a couple of high profile exits, so ended up with a couple of high profile incomings as well. The strategy I ended up with was "push for the top". I felt we needed to capitalize on our top four finish and get in the players that could really take us to the top. Mane (DL), Centeno (CM), Alli and Gursoy (AMR) were signed for the first XI, Faaborg (GK), Paz (DR) and Garth (CB) forced themselves in. The signing of Faaborg was pretty hilarious. He was United's backup keeper. I wanted a better 2nd choice in Woodman's place as Butland is approaching his sell by date. Managed to sign Faaborg on the cheap, and when I transfer list previous backup Woodman United sign him. Madness. Anyway, highest profile signings alongside Alli were Gursoy and Centeno, both of whom were on record fees at the time. Had a very good season. If he was just a tiny bit faster, he'd be perfect, but pretty damn close as it is. All the red arrows are because I recently retrained him to be accomplished at ST. Pretty difficult to assess his season if I'm honest. I don't think he ever had a bad game, so I guess he had a good season. Was hoping for a few more goals and assists (got 4+12 in all competitions), although he's mainly playing as a box-to-box so maybe I was expecting too much. Alli was fairly inconsistent. Fantastic at his best, but his finishing was poor too often. Hopefully he'll improve next season. And last, but not least: a 4-star academy graduate! His list of cons is pretty grim reading (consistency, determination, competitive streak all orange, yellow one-footedness) so I don't think he'll make it here, but nice to see that level of PA. Maybe some day we get a serious potential first-teamer. Plans for next season: 1: sell senior players and give squad roles to prospects. I have a DR, CB and AMR that look very promising but need to be playing proper first team football next season. Can't loan them out as I want them to be home grown, so I need to play them myself. 2: sign a real top class CB. 3: do better in the champions league.
  5. Yeah, Fleetwood is a sugar daddy club so I'd imagine that's exactly what will happen.
  6. Mother of all newgens

    I was planning on sharing this guy in the end of the season but he's angling for a move again so I should probably share while I still have him. ... Signed in the summer 2021 from Empoli for then club record 30 million, with 7,5 million worth of add-ons. Has been my first choice striker since. Had a good first season, a phenomenal second season, a very good third season and so far is on course to have his best season yet, if I can hold on to him and his performances don't suffer from his unhappiness. Although to be fair he was unhappy for several months in his second season but kept on banging them in. He was player of the tournament in the European Championship last summer as Italy won the trophy: Fairly decent, that. Only got one assist against my England team, though. And this happened just now: So far in 149 (24) apps he has 116 goals and 57 assists, playing mainly as a DLF/S in a 433. So one goal or assist per appearance.
  7. psycho!

    The problem is that the bwm role has the tackle harder PI always selected, combined with his dirtiness that's a pretty obvious result. You could try a different role, for example cm/s, and just set his closing down to maximum. With his aggression/dirtiness/ppm he'll still pick up cards, but should be considerably less.
  8. Scored quite a few for me in my Ebbsfleet save. Nadiem Amiri has bagged a few in my Peterborough save. Great corner taker too.
  9. Season finished. Ultimately the European super cup turned out to be our only silverware of the season, as we were knocked out of the league cup semi final by Leeds (they got a deserved 2-1 win at our place, we completely and utterly battered them at their place but only scored 2, they got a late goal and then won on pens after about 8-9 takers each), in the champions league quarters by Benfica 4-3 on aggregate (we won 3-1 at home, then conceded 3 set piece goals away) and lost the FA cup final to Chelsea 4-1 that probably flattered us more than Chelsea. But we'll be playing Champions league football again next year! On the final day we were playing United away and City were playing Newcastle away, was nervous about finishing fourth as wins against United have been few and far between and away we've never even managed a draw. In the end City got beaten 3-0 so our 2-0 defeat didn't make a difference. Also got manager of the season: Here are the transfers: Sold Reinhardt as I couldn't really justify turning that amount down when he was an obvious second choice behind Marzierli. Betinho I didn't want to sell, but he had a release clause in his contract which I didn't realize until Newcastle had already made their bid (all other release clauses in my players contracts were for champions league teams, so had become obsolete in the summer). Tried to offer him a new contract but he demanded 300k per week and max I could offer was around 150k so couldn't help it. Signed Farid from Arsenal as a replacement, not as much a physical beast as Betinho but better mentals across the board. In the end the only thing I missed about Betinho was his passing ability. Selling Correa and signing Horta was a no-brainer, younger player of similar ability available for cheaper. Got about similar level of performance out of Horta, main difference was he was never injured. Record signing Iglesias is a striker who can also play right wing, played him as a right winger almost exclusively. He took a while to get going but ended the season with 13 goals, a decent return for a winger. Like I posted earlier, I managed to keep Marzierli for at least one more season. He's angling for a move again, this time to PSG, we'll see if I can manage to keep him this time around. Here's his profile: Amazing player. Not quite as good as the previous season, but still 32 goals and 17 assists in 45(9) appearances is a very good return. Here's the Finnish left back signed for 650k back in 2019: Not great, but bang-for-the-buck factor is amazing. Home grown, vice captain. Not really sure where to go with the squad now. Three positions are in need of improvement, both full backs and supporting midfielder. I have a world class midfielder scouted that I can afford and should be willing to sign, but the full back positions are a problem, especially left back. All quality attacking left backs are on insane wages and high potential younger players are not good enough attacking wise, and in my experience full backs don't really improve their crossing/dribbling/off the ball that much, no matter how you train them. The fact I need at least one full back on the pitch to be good in the air for set piece purposes doesn't help, neither does the fact that 3/4 of my current full backs have a UK nationality (and the 4th will too by next season) which is an additional problem, as I don't have UK nationals in abundance. I suppose the question of can we keep Marzierli or not will determine the direction I'll have to go in.
  10. This annoys me a great deal. We definitely need a promise of "allow player to leave" with no promised obligation to find a buyer. Same with loans, too.
  11. Nice to see loads of posts here! @ernemann Derby could be a good choice, too. Had a fun time with them in last year's game. @Cal585 Great to see people use Finnish players to good effect - Sparv is one of the few decent players we have IRL. I'm well underway with the next season, doing pretty well. I'll be posting a full update once I get the season finished. But have to post this now, the huge transfer saga of the previous summer: The bids: The conclusion: And the inevitable consequence: I have to say that I've never had bids that high for any player in any save. Not sure how much higher they would've gone after negotiating as I just flat out rejected them. Current world record in my save is 108 mill paid by PSG to City for De Bruyne back in 2018, so it would've been a new record.
  12. Seems it's pretty safe to say this thread is completely dead... Nevertheless, I'll keep posting updates as long as I keep the save going. After the double cup win last season the main aim was to improve our league performance, which we did: Arguably should have done better too, basically our home form cost us a top 4 spot. In the home table we were 9th, W7, D5, L7, while in the away table we were 2nd with W11, D4, L4. Despite the league being the main focus, we didn't finish the season trophyless: So we'll be playing in the champions league next season! And it's great news in more than one way, as it means we actually have a chance to keep this guy: Obviously hit the jackpot with him. Early on in the season his potential went from 4 gold + 1 black and potential to be one of the best players at the club to solid 5 gold and potential to be world class. In January I had to reject a number of offers for him from United, PSG and Dortmund, which obviously didn't please him. He was unhappy for a few months but kept banging them in. Now apparently I'm one of his favored personnel and Peterborough is a favored club, so as we now have champions league football on offer I think he won't mind staying. And I have to say that I don't think I've gotten a better season from any striker on any save in any FM since Vincent Aboubakar in FM15: Absolutely brilliant. A hat trick in the Europa final, an early brace before going off injured in the semi final second leg, remarkable performances from a guy who's supposedly average in big games. Here's our transfers for this season: Robertson, Toure and Correa came in as starters, D'Alessandro, Luis Gustavo, Ademilton and Real Pacheco as rotation players, rest of the summer transfers are youngsters. Amiri and Grealish came in January as replacements for Harit and Lanzini. The biggest success of the summer transfers would probably be Ademilton, who turned out to be very good: Started the season as a rotation player, but after Correa broke his ankle around March I moved Amiri to Correa's position and Ademilton took Amiri's position in the first XI. Did very well, apart from picking up our only red card of the season in the Europa final, which was thankfully all but over despite half an hour left to play, as we were already leading 5-1 at that point. This guy looks very promising too: And he was only 18 when he joined so he'll be home grown eventually. Oh yeah, this also happened: Decided to give it a go as well. Lost a friendly at home against Cyprus, and didn't just lose, they outplayed us.
  13. Domestic cup double! Managed to win even without my star striker Marzierli, who got a torn hamstring in our penultimate league game. Hopefully his injury means no one will be looking to buy him in the summer. In the final we took an early lead through Mahrez, who's been underwhelming all season. We kept reasonably well in control of the game, hit the post once and had a couple of good chances but couldn't score more. Origi missed a sitter for Arsenal, apart from that they didn't really threaten that much. My favorite game of the season, though, was the semi final against United: Well in control of the game, but just couldn't score, until out of nowhere Reinhardt skips past a couple of defenders and curls one into the top corner from the edge of the box. The league season was a travesty, though. Should've been comfortably 6th at the very least. Starting with a 2-0 home defeat against City on October 31st and ending in a 2-2 draw at Brighton on February 12th we played 16 league games, W3 D4 L9. Abysmal. After that we only lost two and drew two, and one of the defeats was away at Palace on the last day of the season, where they secured premier league survival. We'll be playing in the Europa next season, so I'll be needing to add numbers to the squad. I've already agreed deals for three young Brazilians (striker, midfielder and winger) and will need to add at least one decent center back in the summer. But again a lot will depend on who we can keep over the summer. Five of our regular starters are currently wanted by either Newcastle or the bigger clubs, so we might be in for a struggle.
  14. Welcome, @RickH, good luck with Colchester! Won my first "major" trophy: Too bad we've been woeful in the league. I've been away from the game for about a week on holiday, and since coming back our already shaky form went from bad to worse, including going eight games without a win in the league. Somewhere in the middle of that run we managed to somehow beat Southampton 5-0 on aggregate in the league cup, but in the league we've been crap. Now we've got four back to back wins, two of them in the league. Have to keep this form going as we're definitely not safe from relegation, currently 16th with 33 points, four above Everton in 18th and two above Palace in 17th. We've got a game in hand, though. 10 games left to play.
  15. Max wage allowed

    You can usually work around this by increasing his bonuses, at least that's what I've done on previous FM's. Signing on fee, competition and appearance bonuses etc. If you plan on keeping him well into his thirties, you might as well promise him a large percentage of any future fee as it will likely not cost you any meaningful amount of money, this should make him accept a lot lower basic wage.