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  1. Martial won the world player of the year for me twice in seasons three and four in season 7 PSG offered £127m for him. Though Dybala is an excellent signing if you can afford to get him in without selling Martial I would highly recommend keeping him.
  2. I've not had Sanchez as my game is pre January update but in regards to Pogba I had similar issues with him first season. I then switched him to Segundo Volante (A) left side with Matic (Now Neves, who if you can get from Wolves if he is still there is a beast signing) as DLP (D) Right side and he has completely dominated teams from then on his average rating has been no lower than 7.6 in any of the 6 seasons since and he has contributed with a number of assists/goals.
  3. Mid Season Review 22/23 As we pass the January Transfer window and move into the second half of the season the team are still impressing. We have not quite done as well as last seasons all conquering side having lost in the European Super Cup to Chelsea and been eliminated at the Semi Final Stage of the Carabao Cup by Liverpool 5-4 on aggregate after they scored a fifth and ultimately tie winning Goal in the 121st minute of the Second leg. In the League we are once again running away with the title currently sitting 15 points ahead of Liverpool after 25 played, I expect to have the title wrapped up by late March which will allow me to put more resources towards retaining the FA Cup and ECL. In the ECL we have a very tough tie against Barcelona coming up, though we have beaten them more times than they have us over the years, whenever we have lost to them it has been by a wide margin, I'm hoping we can avoid a heavy defeat in the first away leg and set a solid platform for the second leg at Old Trafford. At the start of the Season the club was taken over by a Consortium though there has been no major change to the overall transfer budget which has sat a very healthy £500m+ for the last three years, the clubs balance sheet has risen sharply since the take over which is nice to see. In the transfer market we once again made use of both the free transfer and transfer lists bringing in some excellent buys without breaking the bank. Coming in were: Victor Lindelof - Real Madrid - £61m (Returning to the club two season after he left for £78m) probably the best CD in the world on the game atm, Lewis Cook - Bournemouth - £16,5m (Listed by request has great stats and was instrumental in my England team that won the world cup, will be the man to replace Pogba if and when he leaves) Christian Pulisic (Joined Jan 1st) - £31m - PSG (Another listed by request is young and has great potential. The only downside is that I failed to fully scout him and had purchased him as right sided winger only to find him natural on the left side where I am already stacked) Christian Eriksen - Free transfer (A player I have always liked both on the game and IRL at 30 he still has a good few years at the top in him and is a great rotation option with Gribbin when I play with AM) Alessandro Plizzari (Joins 3/7/23) - £13m - AC Milan (Initially coming in to replace Hart as back up he will eventually fight with De Gea for the number 1 position) Players Out: Phil Jones - Arsenal - £48m (Phil had done a brilliant job for us when called upon, but as with many on the game he wanted to leave as he felt he had achieved everything he could at the club, with Victor coming back I was happy to get the money) Ander Herrera - At. Bilbao - £17m ( This was a tough one as Ander had been a wonderful back-up to Savic, however he was getting older and it was unlikely I would get an offer like this again) Eric Bailly - Barcelona - £78m (Again this was a tough decision however a world record fee for a defender and the emergence Tuanzebe as one of the worlds best CDs made the call a little easier) Nemanja Matic - Juventus - £15m (Requested to leave for a new challenge, was unlikely to play much with Neves having nailed down the DLP position) In other news Marcus Rashford took a clean sweep at the end of year awards winning the World Player of the year, World Golden ball and World Footballer of the year.
  4. Season Review 21/22 - The year we won it all! This was the year it finally all came together, although we ended our undefeated run in the league at 64 games we broke records for most wins in a season at 32 and points at 103. In the Cup Competitions we continued our strangle hold on the FA Cup making it five years out of five The Carabao Cup was retained The CWC was back in the cabinet Finally the sweetest ECL victory possible stopping Liverpool getting back on level terms with us Transfers 21/22 Tactics We tend to play one of two systems three CM when playing against sides we may have problems with to keep things tight When playing sides we should beat or we are looking to create openings I'll move one of the CMs up to the AM strata usually Gribbin will come in Alongside keeping things rolling with United I took over with England at the start of the season, leading them to the World Cup and ending 56 years of hurt
  5. If you're looking for a striker to rotate with Lukaku that won't complain at being the second choice but will guarantee goals when he plays then I highly recommend Timo Werner if he is still available. Got him Season 2 in my game for around £40m and he has been worth every penny.
  6. 100% get Neves if you can. I missed out on him when he was at Wolves and had to spend big on him from PSG but he has been worth it, £20m is a steal.
  7. 2020/21 Season Review Competitions: A first ever undefeated league season for the club saw us break all manner of records, including most goals scored, games won and points! In the ECL we regained our title having lost out last year in the final to Barcelona, it was great to beat City in the final Four out of four in the FA Cup, this year it was Liverpool who fell in the final, making the victory all the more sweet. We lost our grip on the Carabao at the first hurdle with a penalties loss to Spurs Squad The Squad had a number of very good performances with Martial finishing second in the world player of the year and winning the best player in Europe. Felix Passlack won the EPL player of the season and Gribben the young player.
  8. 2020/21 - Pre Season A much busier transfer window for us than the last few years with a number of players both in and out. Leaving the club were Henrik Mkhitarayan - Real Madrid - £56m he had been one of our best players over the past three years but the offer was too good to turn down. Joining him in moving to Madrid was Victor Lindelof for £81m I hadn't planned on selling him but the fee was just too good. Joining them on the move away from the club were Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Ro-Shaun Williams and Dean Henderson for fees of £2.7m, £350K and 750K respectively. The loss of two loss of two major stars of the first three seasons left some gaps in the squad so for the first time since taking over we spent big first in was Matthijs de Ligt for £46m from AS Monaco. Next to arrive was Jamaican star Leon Bailey from Leverkausen for £46.5m. The spending was completed with the signing of Italian starlit Federico Chiesa for £20.5m from Fiorentina. Finally Erik Lamela signed on a free transfer after being released by Tottenham to add some experience and creativity to the squad.
  9. Youth Players Coming Through
  10. End of Season review - 2019/20 The Season continued in January it was a slow transfer window with no in coming players and only one departure as Mesut Ozil left to join PSG for £46m a very nice return on a player who had cost us nothing only 18 months prior. Back in the action the month began with the final of the CWC a resounding 5-0 over Cruz Azul. Cup competitions were also prominent within the month with both the quarter and Semi finals of the Carabao Cup, the quarter final saw us triumph 3-1 over Spurs after extra time before moving on to a two legged tie with Arsenal. A brilliant 5-1 victory in leg one practically moved us into the final before we completed in the job with a 2-1 win away at the Emirates. The FA cup 3rd round also took place a 2-0 win over Fleetwood Town. In the league victories over Chelsea and Swansea sat alongside 1-1 draws with both City and Stoke. February began with a 1-0 win over Norwich in the FA Cup. In the title race we went though the month with a 100% record a 4-3 win over Arsenal the Emirates the highlight. European football also restarted with a tough on paper match up against Juve, however a 4-0 away victory in leg one set us up perfectly. In the FA Cup we threw away a 2-0 lead against City to draw 2-2 and have to settle for a replay. Our first appearance in the Carabao Cup final began our March a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa giving us ownership of the only piece of domestic silverware not in our cabinet since I took charge. This match was immediately followed by the FA Cup replay with City, once again over 120 minutes there was no separating the teams, this time a 3-3 draw before we emerged victorious on penalties with City missing every one of their kicks. Once again we went through the league 100% with wins over Liverpool, Palace, Huddersfield and Watford. The ECL second leg with Juve finished 3-2 meaning a 7-2 aggregate win. Finally the FA Cup 6th round saw a 3-0 win over Chelsea. An all domestic ECL quarter final with Chelsea was the highlight of the month of April a 3-0 win in leg one followed by a 4-3 win away in the second leg moved us on in search of a hat-trick of ECL wins. Only a 1-1 draw with Leicester blemished an other wise perfect month in the league. An FA cup semi with Bournemouth finished 3-2 in our favour. Finally another excellent first leg performance moved us within touching distance of the final a 3-0 win over Dortmund. Finally to the month of May with the league wrapped up with a 2-0 win over West Brom we were able to move onto the cup competitions with mixed results a 3-2 win over Huddersfield in the FA Cup before we were dismantled by Barcelona in the ECL final 3-1. Competitions Community Shield - Winners (Penalties vs Liverpool); Euro Super Cup - Runners Up (3-2 vs Chelsea); CWC - Winners (5-0 vs Cruz Azul); Carabao Cup - Winners (2-0 vs Aston Villa); FA Cup - Winners (3-2 vs Huddersfield) ECL - Runners Up (3-1 vs Barcelona) Premier League Winners Played 38 Won 29 Drawn 7 Lost 2 For 93 Against 22 Points 94 Players - Ave Rating: 1 - Pogba 7.62 (38 Starts) 2 - Lukaku 7.61 (36 Starts) 3 - Mkhitarayan 7.47 (34 Starts) Players Goals: 1 - Lukaku 36 (36 Starts) 2 - Werner 32 (34 Starts) 3 - Rashford 27 (28 Starts) Players Assists: 1 - Mkhitarayan 15 (34 Starts) 2 - Lukaku 15 (36 Starts) 3 - Lingard 14 (21 Starts)
  11. rstebbing1709

    Mesut Ozil

    I had Ozil for a season or so in my save initially I played him in his natural AMC(ap) position and he would have a decent game here and there but mostly he'd go missing and barely contributed. Looking at match highlights he was too far away from the midfield and not working hard enough. I wanted him to be the creative fulcrum of the side so I dropped him back into the midfield as a right side Mezalla(at) and he was immense. Although this was not a natural position for him I played him alongside a DLP(d) and Segundo Volante so wasn't too worried about his lack of defensive contribution. The combination worked wonders.
  12. 2019/20 - Mid Season Review Just reached the mid point in the third season and so far things are going well. As always the season began with some transfer dealings in and out. Having won the treble last year I was happy with my squad and wasn't looking to spend too big, I needed a new right back as Valencia is starting to get on and Darmian just did not give enough quality going forward. In the end young German prospect Felix Passlack was the player purchased for £67m from Borussia Dortmand. Two more players were added to the squad. Wayne Rooney returned for his second spell at the club a £240K buy from Everton to add some experience to a very young squad. He won't play much but can do a job in a few positions and has great passion for the game. Finally Joe Hart arrived on a free transfer having left Manchester City. I couldn't pass up having an international quality keeper as back up to De Gea especially with there being no fee. Players out were Joel Periera £5.5m - Celtic, Sergio Romero £6.5m Besiktas, Mateo Darmian - £17, AC Milan and Juan Mata - £52m Real Madrid. August began as has become customary for us with victory in the Community Shield against Liverpool on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Next up was the European Super Cup and for the second year running we lost out in the this match going down 3-2 to Chelsea. In the league we began with victories over Stoke and Tottenham before finishing off with a 2-2 draw at Stamford bridge. September brought with it the start of the cup competitions and with it a stunning performance in Europe. We were drawn in a fairly easy group alongside Napoli, Leverkausen and Lech. we began in Europe this month with an 8-0 thrashing of Lech on match day one. The Carabao Cup also began a 3-2 win over Hull in which we continued to blood youngster giving them a taste of first time action. In the league we had victories over Man City and Arsenal either side of a 3-3 draw with West Ham. October began with the visit of Napoli and a 5-2 win, this was followed a few days later by our only defeat of the season so far a 1-0 loss at Newcastle in a game we dominated and should have won easily, We played two more league matches this month winning both 1-0 over Liverpool and 3-0 over Palace. In Europe a 3-3 draw with Leverkausen left us in strong position to qualify and Rotheram were dispatched 4-0 in the Caraboa. November was a busy month as we finished off the ECL group stage and went undefeated in the league. First up was a 3-0 win over Palace, this was followed by a dramatic 4-3 win away at Watford having been 3-0 and a Man down at half time Lukaku entered the fray and was sensational.Victories over Leicester and Bournemouth followed. In Europe victories over Leverkausen and Lech sent us through top with a game to spare. Decemeber saw the end of the ECL group stage a 4-0 win over Napoli and the start of the CWC a 4-2 win over Sundowns the final against Cruz Azul is to be played January 1st. in the league a wins over Southampton and West Brom came either side of a draw with Everton, Going into the second half of the Season we have a quarter final match against Spurs in the Carabao cuo to look forward to, A tough match up against Juventus in the ECL. In the League we sit 8 points behind City but with 3 games in hand. On the injury front Axel Tuanzabe has been out for most of the season with a cruciate ligament injury sustained in August. Over long term absentees are De Gea with a torn calf suffered in November he will be out for around 3 months and Aliou Traore with a a torn Abdominal muscle for 4 months. Anthony Martial was rewarded for his fine form winning the world golden ball and finishing second to Cristiano Ronaldo in the world player of the year. Now looking forward to the second half of the season and further success.
  13. Season 2 Review My second season has now come to a close and with it further success for the club, both in terms of competitions and bedding in the young talent we have at the club. Pre-Season transfer dealings were completed early, I needed a striker to rotate with Lukaku and Timo Werner was the man acquired, for a fee of £51m from RBL, Mesut Ozil joined on a free transfer from Champions Arsenal. Leaving the club were Sam Johnstone £1.2m (West Ham), Marcos Rojo £13.7m (Tottenham) and Chris Smalling £22.5m (Southampton). The season began for real with the Community Shield opener against Arsenal a 2-2 thriller after extra time we managed to best them in the lottery of penalties. Lukaku and Martial on the score sheet. August saw the start of the league campaign and the European Super Cup, we did not start well, losing 1-0 to Lyon in Europe and then opening the season against our bogey team of Season one, Watford, another 1-0 loss followed. There was only one other game in this month a 3-0 home win over Tottenham that saw Werner score his first goal for the club. September started off much better for us with a 4-1 win away at Southampton, followed up by wins over Palace, Bristol City and Newcastle in the league. The ECL draw saw us looking to retain our title but put us into a possible group of death alongside Besiktas, Inter Milan and Barcelona. Chelsea were our first opponents in the Carabao Cup and despite playing an inexperienced side we ran out 4-2 winners. The ECL also kicked off with a poor display 0-0 at home to Besiktas. October saw the some big performances with League wins over Bournemouth and Stoke alongside a 0-0 home draw to Arsenal. The ECL really kicked off this month with a 5-3 home win over Barcelona that saw them come from 3-0 down at half time to level up only for Martial to come off the bench and win it with two late goals, Inter Milan followed this time another thriller finishing 3-2 at the Giuseppe Meazza thanks to Pogba's late strike. Youth and back up players continued our Carabao cup journey with a 2-0 win over Ipswich. November began poorly with draws against Man City and Inter being followed up by a terrible display losing 4-2 to West Ham. We got back to winning way with a 4-2 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford coming back from conceding two early goals. The month was finished with a 3-0 win over Besiktas that took us through the group stage of the ECL with a game to spare. A busy December period saw our league form take and upturn and the club world championship coming back to England. First there was the matter of Barcelona at the Nou Camp. As we had already qualified we opted to play a youthful side and were promptly torn apart losing 4-0 and lucky to be beaten by more. In the league 4 wins from 4 kept us at the top end of the league only two points off Liverpool with 4 games in hand. January ended up being a busy month then we had hoped for with a 0-0 draw against Blackburn in the FA adding a replay to the mix. A two legged semi-final against Stoke also taking place for a place in the Carabao Cup final. Unfortunately we could not overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit a 2-2 draw in the second leg knocking us out on aggregate. There was better luck in the FA cup replay a 2-0 win taking us into round four. In the league three games were played with two wins and draw keeping us in sight of the top. February began with a 3-0 win over Swansea in the FA Cup fourth round, this victory saw us drawn against Chelsea in round five, again a 2-0 victory. In the league it was another busy month as we made back some of the games missed due to our involvement in the CWC 5 matches played with wins over Hull, Bournemouth, Palace and Watford alongside a 0-0 draw with Arsenal. The ECL also returned with a 0-0 first leg draw against Atletico. March again followed February's lead with a poor start a 3-1 loss to Chelsea at home in the league. Things improved from there however with a 1-0 derby win over City, followed by another 1-0 win over Atletico to take us through in Europe. Victory over West Ham was followed by probably our best period of play all season a 6-2 league win over Newcastle coming from 2-0 down at half time. A 5-0 win over Sunderland in the FA cup. April continued our good form with a 6-0 win over Aston Villa, a 0-0 draw with Stoke was followed by league victories over Huddersfield and Hull. Monaco were the opponents in Europe a 2-0 home win followed by a 4-0 victory in the principality taking us through, Arsenal were the opponents in the FA cup semi-final as looked to retain the trophy from last season. A 4-0 victory moved us into a final with Everton. May began with a 3-2 victory over Spurs and a 2-0 defeat of Everton to move us within touching distance of the title. Barcelona returned as our ECL semi-final appointments a 4-1 home victory in leg one putting us in a commanding position. Sandwiched between that and the second leg was a poor 3-1 loss to Burnley. The second leg of the ECL saw us victorious 2-1 at the Nou Camp and 6-2 on aggregate. Dortmund would be our challengers in the final later in the month. It was back to the domestic scene for the next three games first up were top of table Liverpool 2 points ahead of us but having played a game more. At half time it looked like we may have thrown the league away to our bitterest of rivals 2-0 down and playing poorly. Come the 80th minute it was still 2-0 so we threw caution to the wind. Werner and Martial entered the match replacing our wingbacks as we went three up top. What followed was simply amazing 82nd minute Werner pulled a goal back from Martial's low cross, 85th minute Werner smashed in a 20 yard strike. 93rd minute Werner completed his hat-trick and our comeback with a penalty moving us a point clear at the top, A 1-1 draw with Chelsea followed but the slip up was of no consequence as Liverpool lost their final match 3-1 to Bournemouth making us Champions for the 20th time, A processional final match with Leicester followed a 2-0 victory putting the icing on a great league campaign. FA Cup - Winners A 4-0 win over Everton in a game that was much easier than we had anticipated set us up for another crack at the treble and a date with Borussia Dortmund in the final of Europe. Once again just as in 99 a German side would be our challengers ECL - Winners This time however there were no nerves or last minute winners a thoroughly dominant display saw us victorious to the tune of 6-0 a marvellous performance to cap a wonderful season. Premier League - Winners Played 38 Won 28 Drawn 6 Lost 4 For 90 Against 30 GD 60 Points 90 Player Accomplishments Anthony Martial finished as Player of the Season domestically and in the ECL. Victor Lindelof took the young player of the year at home. Henrikh Mkhitaryan broke the assists record with 25 Player Stats Goals Timo Werner 33 in 32 starts Romelu Lukaku 29 in 33 starts Martial 19 in 27 starts Assists Henrikh Mkhitaryan 25 in 34 starts Anthony Martial 20 in 27 starts Jesse Lingard 9 in 23 starts Ave Rating Paul Pogba 7.52 in 38 starts Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7.49 in 34 starts Romelu Lukaku 7.46 in 33 starts. Youth Development Aliou Traore 18 - 27 starts Angel Gomes 18 - 13 starts Ryan Sessegnon 18 - 31 starts George Tanner 19 - 6 starts Callum Gribben 20 - 20 starts Timothy Fosu-Mensah 21 - 11 starts Axel Tuanzebe 21 - 20 starts Season 3 Looking forward to the next season we have completed two transfers in club legend Wayne Rooney returns for a fee of £240k mostly to offer tutoring to some of our prospects but also cover in the event of injuries. Felix Passlack joins from Dortmund for £67m and will be rotated with Valencia at right back.
  14. I have done this, play them as Matic deep lying playmaker defend (DM) Pogba as Segundo Volante (attack) and Savic as Box to Box Midfielder. They have developed a great partnership, however Savic tends to miss out if I play with an AMC rather than an MC.
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