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  1. It's the 3rd-Place Playoff at the Brazil 2026 World Cup and the winner wins on penalties 1-0. One player scored their first pen, then 7 in a row were missed.
  2. January 2026 - League Cup semi, Lincoln City and Playing Youth Premier League v Sheffield United (H) - 17/1/26 We easily beat them at Bramall Lane this season, and they've been dropping down the table since, including a recent run of 0 goals in 8 games. They struggled like us against League 2 opposition in the FA Cup, only beating Bournemouth on penalties in an FA Cup Replay. Team News 5 injuries means there are no fit out-and-out strikers left to spare. The only one on the bench is big-money signing Kanu, who is finally returning from his latest injury. He may play only his 6th game today. Narrow 4-3-1-2: Majava; Souza, Rafiei, Hamann (c), Farley; Anderson, Ryan, McIntosh; Tsotetsi; Sibiya, Peres -------------------------------------------------------------- (5th) Man Utd 2 - 0 Sheff Utd (16th) 2-0: McIntosh (41), Sibiya (64) - Tsotetsi got both assists. =================================== In-form South African duo Tsotetsi and Sibiya and Moroccan striker Boussoufa are called up for the African Cup of Nations and will be unavailable for 2 - 4 weeks. Kanu also has a chance to gain fitness and stay fit with Nigeria. This means our top 3 strikers are unavailable, and the only fit out-and-out strikers are those I'm trying to sell. =================================== League Cup - Semi Final, 2nd Leg v Middlesbrough (H) - 21/1/26 We've met Boro twice, but this is the first meeting at Old Trafford. We lost both times 1-0, including the 1st leg, but this was more because of our awful away performances than their threat. They're unbeaten in 6 games. Paul Ince's side is enjoying a good run. The away goals rule doesn't come into effect until after extra time. Team News Some managers cop-out by the semi-final stage by picking a strong team, but I'm sticking with youth and reserves. No one will care if we've won this cup by the end of the season. Besides, the same policy against a full-strength Newcastle in an earlier round meant our 1-0 win wasn't a decent-but-meaningless result, but instead was an utter embarrassment for our rivals. #2 keeper Butler goes in goal rather than #3 Dupraz. Ultimately, Butler is the slightly better keeper, with more potential, and 3 years younger, so he should be getting the games. An 18, 17 and 16-year-old are in defence, completed by world class veteran Preston (who has to regain fitness). Topic and Darlington are also returning from injury in midfield, with an 18-year-old on the other wing and Anderson being used in his other position of AMC. With the African Cup of Nations and injury suddenly leaving me with 0 first-team strikers, Lara and John start as the only senior strikers available, despite me trying to sell both of them. 4-3-1-2: Butler; Hampson, Preston, Ansell, Pepper; Griffiths, Darlington (c), Topic; Anderson; Lara, John -------------------------------------------------------------- (5th, PL) Man Utd 0 - 1 Middlesbrough (12th, PL) MU Disallowed Goal: John (40) M Goal: (90+1) - Boro dominated and we had few chances. They scored with a free kick at the end. - Despite the result, the youngsters had at least a decent performance. So a team of backup, reserves and youth reached the semis, beating Premier League Blackburn away then Championship Southampton and Premier League behemoths Newcastle at home. Not a bad run! =================================== FA Cup - 4th Round v Lincoln City (H) - 24/1/26 Club legend and record league appearance-maker Grant Brown was promoted from youth coach to manager in 2012. He's taken a team battling relegation from the football league to battling for a playoff spot in their first season in the Championship since 1961. Team News Youth players Pepper and Griffiths keep their place. The retiring Malinov gets a 2nd start. Up front, John isn't fit enough to start, so 16-year-old Porter partners Lara. 4-3-1-2: Butler; Souza, Castillo, Hamann (c), Pepper; Griffiths, Darlington, Malinov; Peres; Lara, Porter -------------------------------------------------------------- (5th, PL) Man Utd 2 - 0 Lincoln (8th, Ch.) 2-0: Porter (19), Hamann (38) - 16-year-old Porter scores his first ever goal! At Old Trafford! - United veteran Lara, meanwhile, has failed to score in successive home games against League 2 Port Vale, Premier League Middlesbrough, and Championship Lincoln. -------------------------------------------------------------- The biggest upset of the round saw Championship Crewe brush aside Premier League Norwich away from home, while Championship sides Leeds and Barnsley got draws away to Premier League Chelsea and Sheffield United (still struggling!). But all the remaining League 2 and League 1 sides have been knocked out.
  3. January 2026 - League Cup semi, Lincoln City and Playing Youth Premier League v Sheffield United (H) - 17/1/26 We easily beat them at Bramall Lane this season, and they've been dropping down the table since, including a recent run of 0 goals in 8 games. They struggled like us against League 2 opposition in the FA Cup, only beating Bournemouth on penalties in an FA Cup Replay. Team News 5 injuries means there are no fit out-and-out strikers left to spare. The only one on the bench is big-money signing Kanu, who is finally returning from his latest injury. He may play only his 6th game today. Narrow 4-3-1-2: Majava; Souza, Rafiei, Hamann (c), Farley; Anderson, Ryan, McIntosh; Tsotetsi; Sibiya, Peres -------------------------------------------------------------- (5th) Man Utd 2 - 0 Sheff Utd (16th) 2-0: McIntosh (41), Sibiya (64) - Tsotetsi got both assists. =================================== In-form South African duo Tsotetsi and Sibiya and Moroccan striker Boussoufa are called up for the African Cup of Nations and will be unavailable for 2 - 4 weeks. Kanu also has a chance to gain fitness and stay fit with Nigeria. This means our top 3 strikers are unavailable, and the only fit out-and-out strikers are those I'm trying to sell. =================================== League Cup - Semi Final, 2nd Leg v Middlesbrough (H) - 21/1/26 We've met Boro twice, but this is the first meeting at Old Trafford. We lost both times 1-0, including the 1st leg, but this was more because of our awful away performances than their threat. They're unbeaten in 6 games. Paul Ince's side is enjoying a good run. The away goals rule doesn't come into effect until after extra time. Team News Some managers cop-out by the semi-final stage by picking a strong team, but I'm sticking with youth and reserves. No one will care if we've won this cup by the end of the season. Besides, the same policy against a full-strength Newcastle in an earlier round meant our 1-0 win wasn't a decent-but-meaningless result, but instead was an utter embarrassment for our rivals. #2 keeper Butler goes in goal rather than #3 Dupraz. Ultimately, Butler is the slightly better keeper, with more potential, and 3 years younger, so he should be getting the games. An 18, 17 and 16-year-old are in defence, completed by world class veteran Preston (who has to regain fitness). Topic and Darlington are also returning from injury in midfield, with an 18-year-old on the other wing and Anderson being used in his other position of AMC. With the African Cup of Nations and injury suddenly leaving me with 0 first-team strikers, Lara and John start as the only senior strikers available, despite me trying to sell both of them. 4-3-1-2: Butler; Hampson, Preston, Ansell, Pepper; Griffiths, Darlington (c), Topic; Anderson; Lara, John -------------------------------------------------------------- (5th, PL) Man Utd 0 - 1 Middlesbrough (12th, PL) MU Disallowed Goal: John (40) M Goal: (90+1) - Boro dominated and we had few chances. They scored with a free kick at the end. - Despite the result, the youngsters had at least a decent performance. So a team of backup, reserves and youth reached the semis, beating Premier League Blackburn away then Championship Southampton and Premier League behemoths Newcastle at home. Not a bad run! =================================== FA Cup - 4th Round v Lincoln City (H) - 24/1/26 Club legend and record league appearance-maker Grant Brown was promoted from youth coach to manager in 2012. He's taken a team battling relegation from the football league to battling for a playoff spot in their first season in the Championship since 1961. Team News Youth players Pepper and Griffiths keep their place. The retiring Malinov gets a 2nd start. Up front, John isn't fit enough to start, so 16-year-old Porter partners Lara. 4-3-1-2: Butler; Souza, Castillo, Hamann (c), Pepper; Griffiths, Darlington, Malinov; Peres; Lara, Porter -------------------------------------------------------------- (5th, PL) Man Utd 2 - 0 Lincoln (8th, Ch.) 2-0: Porter (19), Hamann (38) - 16-year-old Porter scores his first ever goal! At Old Trafford! - United veteran Lara, meanwhile, has failed to score in successive home games against League 2 Port Vale, Premier League Middlesbrough, and Championship Lincoln. -------------------------------------------------------------- The biggest upset of the round saw Championship Crewe brush aside Premier League Norwich away from home, while Championship sides Leeds and Barnsley got draws away to Premier League Chelsea and Sheffield United (still struggling!). But all the remaining League 2 and League 1 sides have been knocked out. I kinda expected it since we were going into that sort of form where every match is a needless struggle. I'm just glad we won. We're not at the most frustrating period of the season yet...
  4. No sympathy for any company that can't pay its employees or survive paying the minimum wage.
  5. I suppose really FM06 was exactly FM05 with little things like team talks added. FM07 was the same as FM06 but with more added like media and scouting. I don't know about FM08 'cause 2007 was where I stopped and found my game.
  6. Jan 2026 - Do Port Vale Make History at Old Trafford? League Cup - Semi-Final, 1st Leg v Middlesbrough (A) @ Riverside Stadium - 7/1/26 The league version of this fixture ended with a 1-0 win to Boro in an awful performance. Team News Boro are playing a second-string today. This game is also about answering the question of who can play right-wing, with all senior right-wingers still injured. Central midfielder Ryan plays there today. Also, young defender Ansell fills in as a defensive midfielder, because I won't risk playing first-teamer King in a League Cup game. 4-4-2 Diamond: Butler; Souza, Castillo, Hamann, Farley; Ryan, Ansell, Carter; Guilbert; Adams (c), Boussoufa ----------------------------------------------------------------------- (14th, PL) Middlesbrough 1 - 0 Man Utd (5th, PL) 1-0: (pen 3) - A round of applause to loanee Guilbert, who immediately concedes a penalty for holding. It's yet another mistake, with another pointless 6/10 performance, and it'll be his final act. His loan is terminated and he returns to Bayern. - However that doesn't excuse our awful away form, with 0 of our 5 shots being on target. The result isn't a total disaster as the 2nd leg is at Old Trafford, which I've turned into a fortress. ======================================= Premier League v Leicester City (H) - 11/1/26 Leicester scraped a 1-0 win over us earlier this season. Team News Leicester's superior physical strength on the wings (and our lack of right-winger) would normally mean a change from 4-4-2 to 5-3-2, but we're at home so Leicester will probably sit back, meaning 3 central defenders would be a waste. So I'm trying a 4-3-1-2 with 3 central midfielders. Narrow 4-3-1-2: Majava; Souza, Rafiei, Castillo, Hamann (c); Tsotetsi, Ryan, Anderson; Peres; Sibiya, Santos ----------------------------------------------------------------------- (6th) Man Utd 2 - 0 Leicester (10th) 1-0: Santos (41) LC Red Card: (42) 2-0: Sibiya (90) - We completely dominated and it was only a matter of time before we finally scored. - Tstotetsi wound them up. He got an early yellow, which meant I kept him forward, which actually gave us more control. He got their man sent off straight from kick-off. - Ryan got both assists. - Santos scored, so naturally got injured. His replacement, Boussoufa, also then got injured. - Another win that the board are pleased with. ======================================= FA Cup - 3rd Round Replay v Port Vale (H) - 14/1/26 Port Vale snatched a late equaliser and upset 11 days ago, but should have no chance at Old Trafford... Team News Injuries mean there isn't much choice in backup so it's still a very experienced team and a few first-team players selected. I choose the #2 keeper rather than the #3. I won't push my luck that much. Only one player out of position - retiring left-wing veteran Malinov is in the middle. 4-3-1-2: Butler; Lejeune, Simak, Ansell, Farley; Pryce, King (c), McIntosh; Malinov; Lara, John ----------------------------------------------------------------------- (4th, PL) Man Utd 2 - 1 AET Port Vale (8th, L2) 1-0: Pryce (31) MU Goal Disallowed: Lara (59) 1-1: (64) PV Second Yellow: (93) 2-1: Tsotetsi (118) - The 52,127 in the stadium applaud the League 2 side off after nearly taking us to penalties with 10 men. - In fact they almost scored the most famous FA Cup goal in history, but for a point-blank save by Butler in the final seconds keeping it 1-1. - We dominated as expected, but their goalkeeper was on form. - Lara only hit 3 of his 7 shots on target, but made the assist for substitute Tsotetsi's winner. - Once again, a player AND his substitute replacement came off injured, which didn't help. - 34-year-old left-back Farley made exactly 100 passes, with midfielder King making 99. ======================================= Q: "Your analysis of that performance and result?" A: "...This is why they're on the transfer list." ======================================= League 2 Bournemouth again matched Port Vale by taking Premier League Sheffield United to penalties, but there was no upset at Dean Court.
  7. Jan 2026 - Do Port Vale Make History at Old Trafford? League Cup - Semi-Final, 1st Leg v Middlesbrough (A) @ Riverside Stadium - 7/1/26 The league version of this fixture ended with a 1-0 win to Boro in an awful performance. Team News Boro are playing a second-string today. This game is also about answering the question of who can play right-wing, with all senior right-wingers still injured. Central midfielder Ryan plays there today. Also, young defender Ansell fills in as a defensive midfielder, because I won't risk playing first-teamer King in a League Cup game. 4-4-2 Diamond: Butler; Souza, Castillo, Hamann, Farley; Ryan, Ansell, Carter; Guilbert; Adams (c), Boussoufa ----------------------------------------------------------------------- (14th, PL) Middlesbrough 1 - 0 Man Utd (5th, PL) 1-0: (pen 3) - A round of applause to loanee Guilbert, who immediately concedes a penalty for holding. It's yet another mistake, with another pointless 6/10 performance, and it'll be his final act. His loan is terminated and he returns to Bayern. - However that doesn't excuse our awful away form, with 0 of our 5 shots being on target. The result isn't a total disaster as the 2nd leg is at Old Trafford, which I've turned into a fortress. ======================================= Premier League v Leicester City (H) - 11/1/26 Leicester scraped a 1-0 win over us earlier this season. Team News Leicester's superior physical strength on the wings (and our lack of right-winger) would normally mean a change from 4-4-2 to 5-3-2, but we're at home so Leicester will probably sit back, meaning 3 central defenders would be a waste. So I'm trying a 4-3-1-2 with 3 central midfielders. Narrow 4-3-1-2: Majava; Souza, Rafiei, Castillo, Hamann (c); Tsotetsi, Ryan, Anderson; Peres; Sibiya, Santos ----------------------------------------------------------------------- (6th) Man Utd 2 - 0 Leicester (10th) 1-0: Santos (41) LC Red Card: (42) 2-0: Sibiya (90) - We completely dominated and it was only a matter of time before we finally scored. - Tstotetsi wound them up. He got an early yellow, which meant I kept him forward, which actually gave us more control. He got their man sent off straight from kick-off. - Ryan got both assists. - Santos scored, so naturally got injured. His replacement, Boussoufa, also then got injured. - Another win that the board are pleased with. ======================================= FA Cup - 3rd Round Replay v Port Vale (H) - 14/1/26 Port Vale snatched a late equaliser and upset 11 days ago, but should have no chance at Old Trafford... Team News Injuries mean there isn't much choice in backup so it's still a very experienced team and a few first-team players selected. I choose the #2 keeper rather than the #3. I won't push my luck that much. Only one player out of position - retiring left-wing veteran Malinov is in the middle. 4-3-1-2: Butler; Lejeune, Simak, Ansell, Farley; Pryce, King (c), McIntosh; Malinov; Lara, John ----------------------------------------------------------------------- (4th, PL) Man Utd 2 - 1 AET Port Vale (8th, L2) 1-0: Pryce (31) MU Goal Disallowed: Lara (59) 1-1: (64) PV Second Yellow: (93) 2-1: Tsotetsi (118) - The 52,127 in the stadium applaud the League 2 side off after nearly taking us to penalties with 10 men. - In fact they almost scored the most famous FA Cup goal in history, but for a point-blank save by Butler in the final seconds keeping it 1-1. - We dominated as expected, but their goalkeeper was on form. - Lara only hit 3 of his 7 shots on target, but made the assist for substitute Tsotetsi's winner. - Once again, a player AND his substitute replacement came off injured, which didn't help. - 34-year-old left-back Farley made exactly 100 passes, with midfielder King making 99. ======================================= Q: "Your analysis of that performance and result?" A: "...This is why they're on the transfer list." ======================================= League 2 Bournemouth again matched Port Vale by taking Premier League Sheffield United to penalties, but there was no upset at Dean Court.
  8. Football: "You can't sign a whole new team, it has to be gradual. These players are human and most will take time to settle, gel and get used to the new manager's tactics. Every CM/FM game: "**** IT SELL ALL YOUR PLAYERS, BUY A BRAND NEW SQUAD AND YOU WIN THE GAME"
  9. Once you remove the recentness bias, it's interesting that FM 12 won the poll. Years ago, it was CM 01/02, FM 07 and FM 10 that were the big 3, didn't hear/read anyone talk about FM 12 so much. Would've been interesting to see what the 22-34 age is made up of, doesn't really tell us much. The results there are pretty expected. I've fully simulated every single player, country and league in FM 07 for my FM Story/Career Update and I'm in 2026 so far. I don't think I even checked how Adu ended up. The save file's about 2GB, so it needs to be compressed to save which takes 12 minutes! So at some point, probably just before the year 2100, the game will be unable to save and that'll be when I 'retire' or die dramatically and heroically.
  10. Just searched and apparently not one single person made a Chapecoense career or story, so I wouldn't expect a Flamengo one. In fact this post you're reading right now has become the top result for 'Chapecoense'.
  11. FM 07 Club Name of the Day - Arab Contractors Cairo I bet you can guess who built the stadium, which is named after their creator and owner of course. Mo Salah is their most famous youth product, as a third-choice left-back before a switch in position changed his career.
  12. FM 07 Club Name of the Day - Arab Contractors Cairo I bet you can guess who built the stadium, which is named after their creator and owner of course. Mo Salah is their most famous youth product, as a third-choice left-back before a switch in position changed his career.
  13. December 2025 to January 2026 - Struggles against Chelsea, behemoths Newcastle and... Port Vale?! Premier League v Chelsea (H) - 26/12/25 Valter Bonacina's side are performing fine since we first met this season, currently 4th as well as getting 5 wins and 1 draw in the Champions League group stage. They've kept 4 clean sheets in a row in the league, though all at home, and just beat Arsenal 3-0. However they haven't won in 4 away league games either. Earlier this season we lost 1-0 while barely threatening, though we had a penalty appeal turned down and they had a goal disallowed. This was before the deadline day signings of Kanu, Santos and Anderson - the latter 2 are playing today. Team News Since we're at home, Ryan is back in central midfield as a more attacking option. 4-3-1-2: Majava; Souza, Rafiei, Simak, McIntosh; Pryce, Ryan (c), Anderson; Tsotetsi; Santos, Sibiya --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (5th) Man Utd 0 - 0 Chelsea (4th) - Chelsea sat back and got the point they came for. ================================================ v Newcastle United (A) @ St James' Park - 30/12/25 The best team in England. Thanks to Sir Steve McClaren, the sleeping giants woke up, winning 6 league titles, 2 Champions Leagues, 2 FA Cups and 2 Club World Cups in the last 9 seasons. McClaren retired in 2024 and was replaced for a season by the retiring Sergio Bueno. Rather than stutter, they stormed to the title 18 points ahead of everyone else. Afterwards was more of a shambles. They effectively missed out on a transfer window while trying to find a replacement, and caretaker boss Nigel Pearson had a bad start. Eventually though, fans were delighted as they announced that they hired former Real Madrid boss Marcelino García Toral in September. They only lost 2 of their 16 league games since, but have just now suffered their 3rd loss, 1-0 in Preston, which also ended a run of scoring in 11 games in a row. Newcastle also suffered an embarrassing loss at Old Trafford 2 weeks ago, as our reserves and youths beat their full-strength side 1-0 in the League Cup. It required a penalty, but Newcastle failed to get anything against a defence consisting of two 16-year-olds and a 3rd-choice 24-year-old keeper. But last season's meeting at St James' Park ended 2-0 to the home side. 4-4-2 Diamond: Majava; Souza, Rafiei, Simak, McIntosh; Pryce, King (c), Anderson; Tsotetsi; Santos, Sibiya --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (3rd) Newcastle Utd 1 - 0 Man Utd (5th) NU Disallowed Goal: (39) 1-0: (51) - Newcastle were destroying us until I moved the wingers into the centre for an advanced 4-1-3-2, then we were playing good football. - Santos hit all 4 of his shots agonisingly wide against his former club. - England striker Lawrence scored with 1 of only 2 of his shots on target, the only shots on target Newcastle had. Newcastle are simply too strong, physically and technically. Plus our big money striker Kanu is injured, as is our Scottish World Cup (and Golden Ball)-winning defender Preston, and we only have 1 fit senior right-winger. (Whom I tried to sell in the summer!) With this and the coming winter transfer window in mind, I'm left with 2 options: 1) I keep things as they are, hope to sell one or two of the players I'm trying to sell to free up the budget and then maybe get a player or 2. 2) Another major overhaul, selling good and popular players but ones that haven't got games because others are playing there, thus freeing up the budget and making me able to bring in free transfers in the summer. I go with option 2. Unfortunately, (spoilers) while some players were watched, their wages put off most teams and no one made a move for any of them, so we sold no one of note in the January window. ================================================ Sibiya wins Young African Player of the Year and is runner-up for African Player of the Year. ================================================ FA Cup - 3rd Round v Port Vale (A) @ Vale Park - 3/1/26 Port Vale were relegated from the football league in 2009. They then hired former Cambridge United player Michael Kyd that year, who retired due to injury at just 23 years old. After 13-and-a-bit seasons, they were finally promoted and are still in League Two under Kyd. Team News It's all backups, youth and players who need a gee-up. On the wings are two Under-18 players: Carter has 14 goals in 16(5) youth and reserve games, Drysdale has 11 assists in 18(7). The formation to get them all playing in their natural positions is a 3-4-1-2. 3-4-1-2: Dupraz; Castillo, Hamann, Farley; Drysdale, Darlington, Guilbert, Carter; Peres; Adams (c), Boussoufa --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (8th, L2) Port Vale 1 - 1 Man Utd (5th, PL) 0-1: Darlington (61) 1-1: (86) - Jesus Christ, what is wrong with this team away from home? Controlled the first half, took the lead, then threw it away. - Only 6 of our 16 shots were on target. We had to score from a corner. - The only player at fault for their goal was our goalkeeper Dupraz, who was beaten at the near post from an angle. - So, excluding the youngsters, two good (8/10) players and the subs, my team talk is not nice. It isn't the upset of the day, though, as League 2 Bournemouth travelled to Premier League Sheffield United and got a replay with a 0-0 draw. The 3 remaining non-league clubs were all eliminated, leaving only football league clubs in the competition.
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