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  1. Sorry i've changed it now, although there isn't too much different, just more attacking with higher line and pressing, maybe this in itself is a flaw. I hear you on the defensive player, i honestly don't like using Neves in the defend duty as i feel like his ability is wasted there, although i do feel like he does ok as defensive cover he obviously lacks the skill to be 'good' at it and then he's too deep to then contribute where he's most effective. For this reason i have Florentino Luis, who i chuck in for games where i feel i'll especially need more defensive cover, but maybe i'd benefit from him playing all the time, perhaps i've been a little greedy trying to get Pogba, Bruno, Neves and Luis in the same side. Do you think that changing Pogba to Mezzella would help, along with making Bruno my primary creator in the AP role? Neves in DLP would still be an issue but possibly i could get away with it more often in games against the weaker sides and give Luis more game time than he's currently getting. I understand that you might have a different personal preference because there's no right way to play, it's more if you feel like there's anything obviously wrong that is holding me back. Like you say, i've been successful but i don't want it to be because my players have carried my lack of tactical ability, i also don't want to throw everything out and start again, but maybe small adjustments to roles or general advice would be good.
  2. Hi everyone long post incoming, So I’m in my fourth season with Man Utd and been quite successful, won 3 Leagues, 2 League Cups, 2 FA Cups, 1 UCL, 1 Super Cup and Community Shields so obviously I’m doing something right but that doesn’t stop me wanting to tweak and improve my tactics so that I’m even harder to beat and iron out some of the bad performances/losses that I get during every season, even during comfortable wins I find I can get quite frustrated and I’m just coming off the back of an away defeat to a decent Everton side and a home draw against Chelsea Here are the tactics I currently have training, more attacking from left to right, with the furthest right being for when I play away to the big sides, which I just recently started to use and with some success. I've listed some observations i've made myself below but i'm just looking for general ways i can improve, and obvious things i'm doing wrong. Some of the main complaints I have, whether I’m winning or losing are Poor shot/conversion ratio Frequently failing to score in the first half (or only scoring through a penalty) then having to tell my players off then scoring in the second half Most attacks coming from wide positions, and lots of highlights just showing my wide players getting crosses blocked. I like playing with width but maybe this is a match engine issue and I need to focus through the middle? Lack of through balls and clear cut chances being created with short passes Letting teams have too many shots on goal or winning headers Opposition overlapping full backs getting too much space, I often tell my wingers to mark dangerous full backs but do the negatives of doing this outweigh the positives? More often than i'd like teams out possession me, despite me having all the highlights and shots. Some thoughts about my main tactic I rarely go below balanced mentality, unless I’m defending a lead in a particularly tough fixture. I play attacking at home against the majority of teams and positive against the rest, balanced away from home against a top side like City/Liverpool I rarely play anything other than short passing and never play direct passing Sometimes I will play with more width in order to try and break teams down, would playing with short passing hurt this approach as less short passes are available? So should I crank up my passing directness the wider I go? I play high tempo most games, to me it makes sense to try and unsettle the opposition but I understand that doing this might cause he me to rush my attacks and chance, which situations should I not play this way? Obviously I increase or decrease my defensive line depending on the pace of the opposition strikers/my defenders, I also drop my pressing against pacey teams. I pretty much always play counter and counter press, i will switch to hold position if i'm comfortable with my lead and want to control the game and regroup if i'm against toughest opposition away from home, but rarely other than that. Some thoughts on my roles, opinions and extra advice would be appreciated. DLP (Neves) & AP (Pogba) combo, I realise that traditionally these are quite static roles although it’s obviously worked, sometimes I feel like I’d create better chances or have better openings if one of the players made more forward runs, thoughts? I notice that although my AMC (Bruno) has high amount of assist contributions that I often don’t see much from him in games, like nicely crafted throughballs or chances, but he is on my corners, meaning he probably gets a good amount of assists from those. Possibly the reason is that having two playmakers below him means that he’s bypassed when my teams are creating chances, one possible remedy for this is putting Pogba as a Mezzala and switching Bruno to AP, solving the first two points. Another note on the AMC is that he usually looks quite far from my ST (Haaland, Complete Forward) so I sometimes flip between putting Bruno on attack duty to get him further up, but then he’s even less likely to create if he’s in the box more often, so the above solution may also fix this. Roles for my RW. I’m quite stacked on the wings so when I’m not playing an inside forward on either side I will put Mbappe as RW, and I’m wondering if support or attack is best for him, my logic was that he should be on support so that a) he’s closer to the DLP and b) I like wingers to start slightly deeper so they can collect the ball and run at players, rather than being in a position where they can’t do that too higher up, but then my question would be what the best role for my RB would be, as if he’s in an attacking role wouldn’t he get in Mbappes way? but if he’s supporting with no attacking role down that side then I’d be less penetrative on the right, which is why I end up sometimes putting Mbappe on attack. Whichever side I have the DLP on I put the covering BPD (Marquinhos) under him, so that they don’t get in each other’s way or are too close together, however I’ve noticed that recent heatmaps seem to show my defending BPD (De Ligt) as the deeper one, or rather Marquinhos is higher up, anyone have an explanation for this? Opposition instructions are left to Mike Phelan The problem i frequently have with his game is identifying if it's a tactics issue or a player issue, is it possible to lose simply because the game decides that your players will play badly or will it always come back to tactics? Any advice on how i can tweak things to be more efficient in general and to be better when playing against tougher opposition would be appreciated.
  3. Since the patch yesterday competitions in the fixture list now are highlighted based on the competition, for example friendlys are purple. Is there a way to remove this or revert back to the old look, i can understand the change but imo it makes the fixture list look messy. Thanks.
  4. Interesting formation, how well did you get on in your first season playing this setup? I like that you have a DM covering the side that the CWB is on but he's on support so he's not too defensive meaning he will still link up with Pogba, no issues playing this? Been struggling to pick a system that works and figuring out the match engine, traditionally i've always had a DLP (D) & AP (S) together in a 2 and it's worked in the past, but i realise that both of those roles are quite static, so i want to try and move away from that, but having 2 supporting CM's with no one covering might leave me exposed, i like your tactic as you sort of have the best of both worlds...a DM covering for an adventurous full back but not completely defensive, meaning he will still contribute to attacks? I know you posted this a while ago but just interested to see just how well you did with it.
  5. When my assistant takes control of training he naturally picks a schedule that best fits my tactic, and for the most part it does but i rarely see any defensive work, only time defence gets worked on is during international breaks it seems. Should i not be working on defending every week? even if most matches i play attacking/positive?
  6. I'm sure some of these have been asked for but here goes. 1. I often see that a specific focus is being worked on in preparation for a match, like attacking movement etc. (like previous games) despite not being anywhere in the training calendar, does match preview cover this? and how is it decided what we work on if it isn't specifically stated? 2. I see that many guides say to make sure you have a match preview as it handles the pre-match tactical briefing but in my experience on older games the tactical briefing i useless, in relation to my question above would removing it and replacing it with a specific focus for the next match not be better? 3. What happens if i train all week for my primary tactic then decide to use a different tactic on the day of the game? Has all that training been a waste of time? Do i need to decide a week in advance if i'm going to try a different approach and train accordingly? 4. If you have 2 games in a week and obviously less time to train for the second match after the first, is there a rule of thumb regarding the most important aspects to train prior to the match, i.e should something specific be focused on like ball retention (assuming that's what my tactic needs) or would an overall approach be better to work on a little of everything, sorry that was a little vague but i had an EFL cup match on Tuesday and a Premier League game on Friday, Wednesday was used for recovery, leaving Thursday to train with 1 slot taken up by Match Preview, so figuring the best thing to train with such a small amount of time was tricky. Thanks.
  7. Is it possible to edit whether text on a certain screen uses the long name or short name convention? As seen in this screen shot the 'UEFA Champions League' is cut off and would fit if it was just 'Champions League' Thanks.
  8. Tried it with yours and it still didn't work, i have also added the manager picture mod to the same folder and that works fine. I would have thought there would be an extra step to remove the transparancy from the player instructions panel, rather than it just working by pasting the original panel because wouldn't the mod still apply the transparency to the panel? Really i'd like the whole tactics screen a solid colour as i feel like a background picture on that screen isn't as beneficial.
  9. I'm probably doing something wrong but i extracted the panels using the resource archiver from the game folder and found the 'tactics player instructions panel overview' and placed it where you said, deleted the cache and reloaded the skin and it didn't work, i'm probably missing a step.
  10. Would you be able to tell me how to make individual panels solid again? Like the player instructions panel seen on the left of this screenshot? As you can see the transparancy makes it hard to read. Thanks.
  11. Yup just tried it again, instead went back and asked for 50mill and they accepted, absolute steal. I do like Lingard but his technical attributes aren't enough for me, been selling him and signing Fekir for the AMC postition which means Mata becomes second choice for that position meaning he can help out more on the right along with (i think) Chiesa from Florentina, who's decent enough to start with but will end up being a world beater hopefully. Not officially started my save yet, waiting until full release but these are the signings i've made so far in an effort to test and work out who i want to buy.
  12. I just offered him out for 50m, Arsenal came in with a 22m offer and instalments, i then countered 45m and they accepted, better than the 33m i was getting!
  13. Looks great, thanks! Edit: Actually just noticed the same issue another person was having above and that's the title bar now being visible through the panels and blocking some of the background, no way to reduce the size of it? Thanks.
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