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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I had to battle it out with City for Sanchez, ultimately he chose to go there as they offered more money. As for Ozil, I had actually forgotten he was out of contract and only realised about a week before the start of the season. I went in with a contract offer of £100k a week he negotiated to £120k for that kind of money it was a no brainer. (Except he has been injured for 5 and 8 weeks respectively and has managed a total of 18 minutes on the pitch!)
  4. I've Just started my second season with United, I have tried to restrict my transfer dealings so I can give some of the youth players a chance to shine, In Season One we finished 2nd to Arsenal by 9 points following a poor start and finish to the season that saw us lose our first two and last two games of the league campaign. However we managed to beat Arsenal 3-1 in the FA cup final and Porto 1-0 in the Champions league final that offset this disappointment somewhat. In Regards to transfer activity, Fellani, Smalling, Rojo and Blind from the first team squad have left. Following a tantrum at not playing enough football (After he had started 60% of games) Ashley Young was sent to the under 18's and now has moved to Birmingham on loan, it is very unlikely he will come back, which is a shame as he had played well before this, As an aside does anyone else have huge issues with rotation players constantly complaining about lack of football? As for players in, Season one saw Malinkovic Savic join for £38m from Lazio in the summer window, Ryan Sessengon came in from Fulham for £9.5m in the January window but was unable to play until season two due to having already represented two sides that season. The season two window has seen Timo Werner signed from RBL for £51m and Mesut Ozil signed on a free from Arsenal (Though he has been injured for 5 months in his first match) The Following Youth players have gained first team experience through season one and will continue to do so in season two - Aliou Traore, Callum Gribbin and Angel Gomes provided cover for injuries and played in some cup matches. Traore has played exceptionally well and may lead to me deciding to allow Herrera to leave if I can get a good fee for him. This season Tuanzebe, Periera have also been added to the first team squad this season and will be given adequate game time to see if they can cut it at this level. Tutoring has been used extensively and will continue to be. In terms of performances for season one Paul Pogba finished with the highest ave rating of 7.84 he played the majority of the season as a Segundo Volante chipping in with 11 goals and 13 assists before leading France to World Cup Victory, Anthony Martial finished the Season as top scorer with 27 goals in 32 starts, followed closely by Lukaku with 25 in 27 starts (However he must have must close to 100 easy chances over the course of the season) leading to the signing of Werner. Looking forward to season two and hoping that we can improve on our league finish last time out and that the youth players continue to improve.
  5. Season 1 Just finished the first season with United, wasn't planning on purchasing this years game but glad I did as I've not had this much fun for a long time. Competitions: Premier League - Champions - set a new record for points finishing with a record of Played 38 Won 28 Drawn 9 Lost 1 For 104 against 15 Points 93 (Only defeat coming away to Bournemouth) Europa League - Winners - Beat Inter 1-0 AET with Marcus Rojo popping up in the 110th minute as the unlikely hero. FA Cup - Knocked out third round by Aston VIlla 2-3 League Cup - Knocked out third round by Stoke End of Season Awards Player of the Year - Paul Pogba, Players Player - Paul Pogba, Young Player - Paul Pogba, Goal of the Season - Paul Pogba, Golden Gloves - David De Gea, Manager - Me Transfers In: Victor Lindelof - Benfica - £32m (£28m over 4 years) Daniele Rugani - Juventus - £30m (All over 3 years) Gianluigi Donarumma - AC Milan - £19.6m (£9.6m over 4 years) Tiemouye Bakayoko - Monaco - £44m (£32m over 4 years) Mauro Icardi - Inter - £27m (January Transfer Window) Ryan Sessengon - Fulham - £5m (Rising to £7.5m depending on appearances) Out: Sergio Romero - Malaga - £4.8m Marouane Fellaini - Leicester - £14.5m Antonio Valancia - Guangzaho - £6m Jesse Lingard - Tottenham - £38m Daley Blind - Juventus - £29m Michael Carrick - LA Galaxy £1.8m Tactics Played the majority of the season with a 3-5-2-1-2 Narrow formation. The back three were set as two CB(d) and one BPD(C) wing backs were set to Automatic, Stay wide and get further forward. Two MC were set as AP(S) and either DLP(D) or BWM(S) depending on who we played AMC was set to either AP(A) or SS again depending on who played and upfront we used a CF(S) and AF(A) Squad The whole season was a great squad effort with goals shared amongst the attackers fairly evenly. Anthony Martial 20 - Marcus Rashford 19 - Henrikh Mkhitaryan - 16 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic 16 - Mauro Icardi - 15 Paul Pogba - 14 - Wayne Rooney 12 - Juan Mata 11. All scored more than 10 goals in the season Wayne Rooney finished top of assists with 13 followed by Rashford on 12 and Pogba, Mata, Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan on 10 each Season 2 I've accepted a £54m bid from Real Madrid for Juan Mata and will be bringing in Dele Alli from Tottenham to replace. Will be looking to move Schweinstiger and Young on both performed very well when used however we have a strong enough squad to be able to cash in. Will be looking for Fosu-Mensah to continue his great form from season one
  6. FM16: Arsenal FC - Why Fly When You Can Walk on Water

    I decided to start a game with Arsenal, not a fan, but I felt they were a decent challenge. Big club with great finances, big stadium and great fan base but too long since they were genuine and consistent challengers in the league. Now into my third season I thought I'd post my journey here. Season 1: League Position 2nd (Winners Chelsea) Notable news – The two Manchester teams finished mid table leading to Mourinho and Pep both being sacked. Cups: EFL Cup – Winners – Beating Newcastle 3-1 in the final FA Cup – Runners Up – Losing 2-1 (AET) to Manchester United Champions League – Quarter Finalists – Lost to Barcelona (Atletico were the eventual winners beating Juventus in the final) Europa League – Sevilla – Made it yet another win in this competition Transfers: I think not being a fan helped make tough decisions in this area as I have no real life allegiance to players. In: Timo Horn – Koln - £6.5m David Alaba – Bayern - £31.5m Lucas Silva – Castilla - £16.8m (January) Domenico Berradi – Sassulo - £26.5m Daniele Rugani – Juventus – Loan Saul – Atletico - £27m Emmanual Mammana – River - £7m (January) Gabriel Barbosa – Santos - £11m Gianlugi Donnarumma – AC Milan - £12.5m Isco – Real Madrid - £22m (January) Mauro Icardi – Inter - £40m Paulo Dybala – Juventus - £41m (January) – Transfer listed by request £241.8m Out: Yaya Sanogo – Newcastle - £5m Serge Gnabry – Man City - £9m Joel Campbell – Leicester - £12m Mathieu Debuchy – Leicester - £8m Gabriel Paulista – Leicester - £8m Danny Welbeck – Wolfsburg - £34m Nacho Monreal – Chelsea - £12.5m Emiliano Martinez – Hull - £3m Granit Xhaka – Juventus - £29m David Ospina – R Sociedad - £5.5m Mohammed Elneny – Schalke - £17m Santi Cazorla – Juventus - £24m Carl Jenkinson – Stoke - £8m £175m (Net spend £66.8m) Season 2 League Winners – Notable news Sunderland finished third with Everton fourth. Manchester United had a terrible league campaign and survived on the final day! Cups: EFL Cup – Lost 4th round to Reading FA Cup – Winners – Beat Reading 4-0 Champions League – Winners Beat Real Madrid 3-2 Europa League – Manchester United Transfers Season 2: In: Daniele Rugani – Juventus - £24.5m Martin Odegaard – Real Madrid - £25m Regens/Youth players for a combined £82m £131.5m Out: Francis Coquelin – Manchester United - £28m Olivier Giroud – Atletico - £27m Per Mertesacker – Malaga - £5m Wojciech Szczensy – Bournemouth - £8m Theo Walcott – PSG - £32M Tukamo Asano – Brighton - £100k £100.1m (Net Spend £31.4m) Summer Transfer window season 3 In Luke Shaw – Manchester United - £38m Lucas Digne – Barcelona - £11m Regens/Youth players - £58m Combined £107m Out Callum Chambers – Stoke - £11m Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain – Manchester United - £26m Mauro Icardi – Chelsea - £38m Timo Horn – West Ham - £7m Lucas Silva – AC Milan - £15m Laurent Koscielny – Barcelona - £17m David Alaba – Real Madrid - £55m Alex Iwobi – BMG - £7.8m Kieran Gibbs – Manchester United - £6m £182.8m (Net profit £75.8m) Current Squad First Choice Back Up Goalkeepers: - Donnarruma Cech (Cech plays Cups & occasional League matches) Right Back: - Bellerin Daschner (17 Year Old Regen) Left Back: - Shaw Digne BPCD: - Rugani Xavier (18 Year Old Regen) Centre Back: - Mammana Molina (19 Year Old Regen) CMDLP: - Wilshere Ustandag (17 Year Old Regen) CMAP: - Ramsey Saul IFR: - Isco Barbosa IFL: - Sanchez Berradi AMAP: - Ozil Odegaard CF: - Dybala Barbosa Berradi As you can see I am looking to start bringing through some of the young players I have brought into the club and get them some experience through the seasons ahead, hopefully meaning I have a set team that combines youth and experience. I am happy to finish top four this season though champions as always is the ultimate aim.
  7. FM16: Manchester United Back in Europe

    I've just started my fourth season at United. I had a poor start to season two which saw me sacked so I retired and re-set myself up as manager as I didn't want to lose the work I had already done. However like many here I was having issues with consistency one game I'd beat a top four team the next I'd lose to the bottom club. I went away and I think I have found a tactic that has been greatly successful both home and away and has led to two league wins, two Champions league wins, an FA Cup and the Club world cup as well as a 42 game unbeaten streak in the league. My set up is as follows: Player Instructions GK - Defend - Fewer Risky Passes - Distribute to Centre Backs - Roll it Out DR - Full Back Automatic - Shoot less often - Close Down More - Fewer Risky Passes - Cross Aim Far Post DL - Full Back Automatic - Shoot less often - Close Down More - Fewer Risky Passes - Cross Aim Far Post DC (Right Side) - Central Defender Cover - Mark Tighter - Hold Position - Shoot less often - Dribble less - Fewer risky passes DC (Left Side) - Central Defender Defend - Close Down More - Shoot less often - Dribble less - Fewer risky passes - Hold position DMC - DLP Defend - Shoot less often - More Risky Passes - Hold Position MC (Right Side) - Advanced Playmaker Support - Dribble less - Tackle Harder - Shoot less often - More Risky Passes MC (Left Side) - Advanced Playmaker Attack - Tackle Harder - Get Further Forward - More Direct Passes - Shoot Less Often - Dribble More - More Risky Passes AMR - Winger Attack - Tackle Harder - Cross Aim Far Post - Dribble More - Run Wide with Ball - Cross More Often - Cross From Byline - Get Further Forward - Stay Wider AML - Inside Forward Attack - Cross Aim Far Post - Dribble More - Cut inside With Ball - Cross less often - Get Further Forward FC - Complete Forward Attack - Shoot More Often - Pass it Shorter - Hold up ball - Dribble More - More risky passes - Get Further Forward - Move into Channels - Roam from positions TI -Higher Tempo - Fairly Wide - Higher defensive line - Play offside - Closing Down More - Get Stuck in - Play out of defence - Shorter Passing - Control Since switching to this set up I have had far more success in two and a half seasons I am unbeaten at home and have lost twice away in the league. Hope this can be of some help to others.
  8. I have used a 4-1-1-2-2 formation, with Di Maria as CM(APs) and Mata as AML (Raumdeuter). Mata has been simply sensational in the role scoring 16 and assisting 18 over the season
  9. Season One Review Pre Season: Pre Season was very much about getting the right formation and player roles sorted, a few experiments saw us lose heavily to Ajax (1-4) and Chivas (1-2) However the rest of the games were won with relative ease. Robin Van Persie replaced Darren Fletcher as the Clubs Vice Captain (Which proved to be somewhat of a master stroke). Having looked at the First team squad, I made the big call to terminate Falcao’s Loan, we were paying far too much in wages for him and I was never going to spend £40m+ on a 30 year old. Transfers: We concentrated mainly on the long term with these signings, only a few straight for the first team, with Gino Peruzzi the most senior there to provide cover for Rafael when needed and Matias Kranvietter to give us some bite in the middle We allowed Chris Smalling to move to Arsenal as John Stones had been brought and I felt he had a better potential and could cover the same positions. Marounae Fellani also left as simply he wasn’t going to play. Premiership: We ran out comfortable winners here, finishing 13 points above Liverpool in second. Only really one major blip as we capitulated away to Chelsea ending up on the wrong end of an 8-0 thrashing. FA Cup: We finally brought the FA cup back to Old Trafford with a 2-1 win over Newcastle at Wembley Stadium. League Cup: We used this competition to play fringe and youth players, making reasonable progress to the quarter finals before Southampton proved too strong for us. First team Squad and ratings: We had some stunning performances over the course of the season, most notably from Robin Van Persie who smashed the United goal scoring record despite having a barren patch towards the end of the season. Special mentions also go to Mata, Rooney and Phil Jones who played excellently Tactics: We played a control Tactic for all of the season, it worked so well in almost all matches that we hardly made any changes to it throughout. Individual and Team Rewards: At the end of a successful season I was awarded Manager of the year. Robin Van Persie was Footballer of the year, Top Scorer in the Premier league and became our record scorer of goals in one season with 39 in 41 games Juan Mata came away with the player’s player award And Martin Odegaard became our youngest ever scorer Finally seven of our players made it into the team of the year.
  10. FM15: Nottingham Forest FC

    Finally managed to reach the January Transfer Window in season two, following two crash dumps and a blue screen of death on my laptop. So far things have gone well, we are sitting fifth in the league, mainly down to the amazing goal scoring prowess of Gabriel Barbosa who has struck a stunning 21 league goals in 18 starts, including back to back hat-tricks against Arsenal and Swansea. He has just won European Golden Boy! As a downside we have conceded far too many goals and have the fourth leakiest defence in the league thus far. This is something I will be looking to strengthen in the transfer window, unfortunately our number one target Balanta chose to move to Atletico Minero over us. Our current league record stands at Played 19 Won 10 Drawn 2 Lost 7 For 48 Against 37 GD 11 Points 32 This puts us 13 points off of Everton who are top, however Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all have two matches in hand which could change the landscape somewhat. The objective for this season is still to get a mid-table finish, anything more than this will be greatly welcomed. Transfers: Since the last update made I have added: Lucas Silva - Cruzeiro - £15.5m Luka Krajnc - Cesena - £4.5m I will update with screenshots once finished with work and at seasons end.
  11. FM15: Nottingham Forest FC

    Having had the most fun I can remember as Forest on a previous FM (Turning Marlon Harewood into the champions League top scorer!) and having enjoyed reading this thread I have decided I will take on the challenge of bringing Nottingham Forest back to the top of European Football. I am now in my seconded season about to start in the Premiership having gained promotion through the play off final, this was a remarkable achievement as we actually lost 11 of our first 16 games and were firmly stuck in the relegation zone. However we went on a long unbeaten run and dragged ourselves up to fifth with a game to spare eventually beating Fulham in the final. In the first season it was an Argentinian Dynamic Duo and some shrewd Loan signings that helped us achieve our goals. Mattias Kranvietter and Gaston Gil Romero came into the club for £6.5m and £7m respectively (Though most of the fee was based on promotion and incentives, both we only £1.5m upfront). Jack Grealish, Nathan Ake and Adam Campbell joined Karl Darlow and Jamall Lescalles on loan at the club. Britt Asombalonga hit 24 league goals to finish top scorer, with Grealish winning the Championship Player of the year. Fast forward to season two and we've had to rebuild the squad. Atletico Madrid came in with a £15m bid for Asombalonga who wanted to leave for greener pastures. Gil Romero and Kranvietter left for Lazio and Roma respectively as both had their £23M release clause activated as well as this a number of players have left the club on free transfers or their loans have ended. Season Two Transfers: Out Gabriel Almeida (Free Transfer in first season) - £3.1m - Malaga Britt Assombalonga - £15m - Atletico Madrid Mattias Kranvietter - £23m - Lazio Gaston Gil Romero - £23m - Roma Jamie Mackie - £300k - Fulham Henri Lansbury - £3m - West Brom Total £67.4M Players in Marcos Alonso - £650K - Fiorentina Nathan Baker - £800K - Aston Villa Michael Keane - £750K - Manchester United Nathan Ake - £1.1M - Chelsea Gregory Van Der Wiel - £2M - PSG Michel Vorm - £2.7M - Tottenham Khouma Babacar - £3.4m - Fiorentina Josip Radosevic - £7M - Napoli Patrick Roberts - £8M - Fulham Youri Tielemans - £11.5M - Anderlecht Gabriel Barbosa - £14M - Santos Jack Grealish - Loan - Aston Villa Karl Darlow - Loan - Newcastle - £2.5M Future fee. £51.9M With so many new signings to gel, pre-season has not gone well so far and we will be looking to retain our premiership position and kick on from next season.