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  1. git2thachoppa

    The New FMCU General Discussion Thread

    I'm judging by all this activity that the FM 19 beta has been released (final version comes out in February as always). Ah **** that means the forum's gonna be swamped. Edit: I was being sarcastic. Didn't realise it really was the beta, I thought it had been proper released.
  2. September/October 2025 - Charlton, Liverpool, Europa League In an early title deciding clash between the Big 2, Arsenal thrashed defending champions Newcastle 3-0 at the Emirates. =============================================================== Premier League v Charlton (A) @ The Valley - 28/9/25 Charlton are yet another yo-yo club who have gone straight to the bottom of the football league and straight back up. Relegated from the Premier League in 2007, within 10 years they were in League Two. Only 5 years later, after a change in chairman, they were back in the Premier League. They were immediately relegated again, but were back under Damian Roden after 2 seasons away. They're off to a bad start: they haven't won yet this season (6 games), though got a 0-0 draw at home to runaway champions Newcastle. However they just lost 6-0 to Tottenham, who we beat 5-0. 11-0 then? Team News I'm not risking hot-headed Rafiei for the Liverpool game, so he starts today. Team: Butler; Rafiei, Andjic, Castillo, McIntosh; Topic, Darlington (c), Anderson; Guilbert; Santos, Lara ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (20th) Charlton 0 - 2 Man Utd (11th) 0-2: Lara (7), Santos (45 + 1) - Charlton controlled most of the game, but we were always threatening and they were wasteful. - Santos made a dribble into the area and scored from the tightest possible angle for his first ever goal for United, which wins Goal of the Month. =============================================================== v Liverpool (H) - RIVALS - 1/10/25 Man Utd and Liverpool are now in the same boat. After a decade or 2 of success, both teams are former greats who have won only 1 title since their glory eras at about the same time: Liverpool won in 2014, Utd won in 2015. With two 11th-place finishes in a row, they hired Yuri Vergeichik 4 years ago. They haven't finished below 5th since and reached the Champions League semis last season. The home side has failed to scored in 4 of the last 8 meetings between the two sides. Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their 7 league games this season. Team News Liverpool play a 5-3-2. Even though they score goals and keep clean sheets, they seem to leave the flanks and the central midfield mostly free. So I'm going to experiment with a 3-3-1-3. An unheard-of formation in the world today, but it looks like I only need one player on each flank, so I can put an extra man in both defence and attack. 3 defenders to deal with their front 2, a midfielder and wing-backs for their 3 midfielders, 1 free attacking midfielder and a talented front 3 of new signings in Sibiya, Santos and Kanu to trouble their back 3. Team: Butler; Preston, Castillo, Andjic; Pressley, McIntosh; Ryan (c); Tsotetsi; Kanu, Sibiya, Santos ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (7th) Man Utd 1 - 0 Liverpool (2nd) 1-0: Ryan (9) - Central midfielder Ryan scored 30 yards out with a memorable goal - The tactics worked perfectly and it should've been at least 2-0, but their goalkeeper was Man of the Match. They only had a couple chances, while Santos alone had 8 shots. £30m signing Kanu is out for 2 months with injury, so the star signing won't be scoring his 1st goal any time soon. ================================================================ Europa League - Group G v C. S. Visé (H) - 16/10/25 Visé finished runner-up in Belgium last season. Under new manager Peter Maes, they were knocked out by Chelsea in the Champions League qualifying rounds, though only lost 2-1 on aggregate. This is their first time in the group stage. Team News Visé are forced to give a debut to their 16-year-old keeper. Team: Butler; Pressley, Preston, Castillo, Farley; Topic, Ryan, McIntosh; Peres; Adams (c), Sibiya ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (6th, EPL) Man Utd 1 - 0 Visé (7th, Belgian top tier) MU Disallowed Goal: Peres (30) 1-0: Boussoufa (90+1) - Visé sat back and nearly escaped with the 0-0 win they aimed for. - Shots and headers went wildly over the bar. 16 shots, 8 on target. - The goal came from one of my trademark indirect free kicks. In the other group game, Dynamo Dresden succeeded where Visé failed and got a surprise 0-0 draw at home to PSV.
  3. September/October 2025 - Charlton, Liverpool, Europa League In an early title deciding clash between the Big 2, Arsenal thrashed defending champions Newcastle 3-0 at the Emirates. =============================================================== Premier League v Charlton (A) @ The Valley - 28/9/25 Charlton are yet another yo-yo club who have gone straight to the bottom of the football league and straight back up. Relegated from the Premier League in 2007, within 10 years they were in League Two. Only 5 years later, after a change in chairman, they were back in the Premier League. They were immediately relegated again, but were back under Damian Roden after 2 seasons away. They're off to a bad start: they haven't won yet this season (6 games), though got a 0-0 draw at home to runaway champions Newcastle. However they just lost 6-0 to Tottenham, who we beat 5-0. 11-0 then? Team News I'm not risking hot-headed Rafiei for the Liverpool game, so he starts today. Team: Butler; Rafiei, Andjic, Castillo, McIntosh; Topic, Darlington (c), Anderson; Guilbert; Santos, Lara ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (20th) Charlton 0 - 2 Man Utd (11th) 0-2: Lara (7), Santos (45 + 1) - Charlton controlled most of the game, but we were always threatening and they were wasteful. - Santos made a dribble into the area and scored from the tightest possible angle for his first ever goal for United, which wins Goal of the Month. =============================================================== v Liverpool (H) - RIVALS - 1/10/25 Man Utd and Liverpool are now in the same boat. After a decade or 2 of success, both teams are former greats who have won only 1 title since their glory eras at about the same time: Liverpool won in 2014, Utd won in 2015. With two 11th-place finishes in a row, they hired Yuri Vergeichik 4 years ago. They haven't finished below 5th since and reached the Champions League semis last season. The home side has failed to scored in 4 of the last 8 meetings between the two sides. Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their 7 league games this season. Team News Liverpool play a 5-3-2. Even though they score goals and keep clean sheets, they seem to leave the flanks and the central midfield mostly free. So I'm going to experiment with a 3-3-1-3. An unheard-of formation in the world today, but it looks like I only need one player on each flank, so I can put an extra man in both defence and attack. 3 defenders to deal with their front 2, a midfielder and wing-backs for their 3 midfielders, 1 free attacking midfielder and a talented front 3 of new signings in Sibiya, Santos and Kanu to trouble their back 3. Team: Butler; Preston, Castillo, Andjic; Pressley, McIntosh; Ryan (c); Tsotetsi; Kanu, Sibiya, Santos ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (7th) Man Utd 1 - 0 Liverpool (2nd) 1-0: Ryan (9) - Central midfielder Ryan scored 30 yards out with a memorable goal - The tactics worked perfectly and it should've been at least 2-0, but their goalkeeper was Man of the Match. They only had a couple chances, while Santos alone had 8 shots. £30m signing Kanu is out for 2 months with injury, so the star signing won't be scoring his 1st goal any time soon. ================================================================ Europa League - Group G v C. S. Visé (H) - 16/10/25 Visé finished runner-up in Belgium last season. Under new manager Peter Maes, they were knocked out by Chelsea in the Champions League qualifying rounds, though only lost 2-1 on aggregate. This is their first time in the group stage. Team News Visé are forced to give a debut to their 16-year-old keeper. Team: Butler; Pressley, Preston, Castillo, Farley; Topic, Ryan, McIntosh; Peres; Adams (c), Sibiya ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (6th, EPL) Man Utd 1 - 0 Visé (7th, Belgian top tier) MU Disallowed Goal: Peres (30) 1-0: Boussoufa (90+1) - Visé sat back and nearly escaped with the 0-0 win they aimed for. - Shots and headers went wildly over the bar. 16 shots, 8 on target. - The goal came from one of my trademark indirect free kicks. In the other group game, Dynamo Dresden succeeded where Visé failed and got a surprise 0-0 draw at home to PSV.
  4. git2thachoppa

    FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    I write as I'm playing. Pre-match before I go into the match, match summary when the match is over, and anything else as it happens while it loads the next day. Then when the time comes to update my thread, I copy/paste the relevant chunk, do the spacing, underlining etc. (add real life pics for the Career Updates forum) then post. Maybe that helps keep my writing going as well. I've detailed the whole of Brazil 2026 World Cup qualifying, but I can't post that mindblowing series of events until I finish a season. But also I don't force playing. I play when I have the urge, not out of habit. I went a few weeks without playing just now. Years ago I went 2 years without playing. But my writing style changes with every job. At first it was detailed match by match because it was new. Then with the next club it was season recaps. Then in international football I could do it match by match with varying detail because there's much fewer matches. Then it was season recaps back in club football. Then in Busan, South Korea it was recaps, but for the big final matches it was match-by-match. Now I'm in the Premier League, I do it match by match because I figure people will want to know what's happened in 20 game years to all the clubs they know. Plus it's no good saying I'm facing Newcastle United without context. Are they recently promoted or European champions? It's not even any good trying to figure what people would read because of the feedback I've received, they've all liked different things. Turns out people love international football after all. As for how the forum should adapt, well I answered that 2 years ago. Only seeing those changes partly implements this year. But in short, people aren't going to be arsed voting twice for the same thing. They moan about it already in UK democracy (I guess people would rather we live in a dictatorship?). We know this by how many people voted. And the very first thing the mod said about this year was that some people didn't vote again because they couldn't win and were excluded. So the solution is to allow everyone to win, you don't have to read to be able to write here, everyone's welcome. I happened to read a story this year, though I knew he'd win anyway, but some years maybe I won't. Either way, this must-vote rule evidently hasn't made the forum more active. If it wasn't for, I figure, 2 mods and a few writers, this forum would be closed. I've already had one PM from someone asking about how to write on the Career Updates forum to get more eyes and feel more involved, something he must not feel he gets writing in this forum.
  5. git2thachoppa

    FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    So I think, once you exclude the non-starters, you could totally just include everyone. Even for stuff like best story or writer which would have all of them in it, people will know who they're gonna vote for already.
  6. git2thachoppa

    FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    I'm not sure I like the idea of a 'committee', but the same few people are voting already so we kinda already have that. How many stories are made in a year? I wonder if it's few enough to just include every story.
  7. git2thachoppa

    FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    More votes in the preliminary and barely any in the final was a problem the year before. The more 'casual' participants aren't gonna like voting and then being told thanks but vote again. I would've taken their preliminary vote as their final vote also, or just had one vote. And I've always thought having to vote to be eligible to be awarded/voted for was iffy and inclusive. Just being really honest here but there was so much talk last year about things we need to do to improve to Make The Awards Great Again, and then every suggestion was brushed off as basically being against tradition, and then we got like 4 people voting in the final round this year (and probably the same names as every year).
  8. September 2025 - Europa League, Sheffield United, Preston North End With the window out of the way, I overhauled the club affiliates and partnerships. Links remain with: Bury (League 1) - Local partnership Royal Antwerp (Belgian top division) - EU passports Red Star Belgrade (Serbia SuperLiga) - Scouting knowledge and to loan out players OB (Danish Superliga) - Scouting knowledge and to loan out players Bnei Yehuda (Israeli Premier League) - Scouting knowledge and to loan out players Querétaro (Mexican top division) - Scouting knowledge Xanthi (Greek second tier) - Scouting knowledge Links are cancelled with Newport County (Conference South), Pohang Steelers (K League 1, South Korea), Ocean Boys (Nigeria), ES Tunis (Tunisia), Parramatta (Australia) and Cianorte (Série C, Brazil). ==================================================== A disastrous summer for defending champions Newcastle United saw the managerless side lose to Sheffield United, draw with Charlton, and need 2 stoppage time goals to beat Preston. Then they only spent £3.3m on 2 senior transfers (one a free) and had a player stolen by Man Utd. But they finally have a new manager: Marcelino García Toral, the former Real Madrid manager who won 9 titles including 6 in a row, La Decima, and a few more trophies in 14 years. ==================================================== For the Europa League squad, I leave young current #2/3 keeper Dupraz out in favour of experienced Majava, since the other 2 keepers in the squad are very young. 10-year veteran defender Andjic has to be left out for now. Iranian defender Rafiei is ineligible. My deadline day signings are too late to be registered until after the group stage. Europa League - First Round, Leg 1 v FC Haka (A) @ Tehtaan kenttä - 11/9/25 The Finnish champions have never reached the group stage, losing both legs to TNS last campaign 2 seasons ago. They lost both legs of their Champions League tie this season to Lens 2-0 each. Should be a simple win over 2 legs. Team News With a tough game at Sheffield United in just 3 days, it's good we're playing a weak team. With injuries and inelligible players, the team mostly picks itself anyway. Team: Butler; Souza, Castillo, Simak, Farley; Topic, Darlington (c), Topic; Guilbert; Boussoufa, Lara On matchday, it's a huge storm. A downpour and a gale. But the match goes ahead in front of a capacity 6,400 crowd for the biggest match in their history. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (7th, Finnish top tier) FC Haka 1 - 3 Man Utd (Pred. 3rd, Premier League) 0-3: Lara (5, 25), Boussoufa (28) 1-3: (60) - The ball couldn't move at all in the pools of water covering the muddy pitch. But it was clear that, on a nicer day in Manchester (don't hear that often!), the team will run rings around them. - The goal conceded by Haka's one shot on target is disappointing and the keeper, Butler, will now be dropped after 3 games without a clean sheet. - 18-year-old reserve Hampson came on at half time and the right-wing-back did well. - Centre-back Simak was injured in the storm and is out for 2 months. ======================================================== Premier League v Sheffield United (A) @ Bramall Lane - 14/9/25 A bottom-half but stable club who reached the Europa League final 2 seasons ago, only to be beaten on penalties by... Manchester United. However, they've beaten Newcastle and Middlesbrough at home 1-0 already, and in the last 4 league meetings the away team hasn't scored. This makes Sheffield United slight favourites after our 2 away losses. Team News Dupraz comes in as keeper, Anderson and Santos make their debuts. Kanu is on the bench - the only thing he lacks is strength, and it's a strong defence. Team: Dupraz; Souza, Rafiei, Castillo, McIntosh; Topic, Ryan (c), Anderson; Tsotetsi; Sibiya, Santos --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Pred. 10th) Sheffield United 1 - 2 Man Utd (Pred. 3rd) 0-1: Sibiya (31) 1-1: (41) 1-2: Sibiya (47) MU Missed Penalty: Sibiya (90+5) - Luck and panic in the defence gave us the lead, but Dupraz going too far out gave them an equaliser. - Rafiei escaped with a yellow for an elbow to the face and will be warned. (Additional note: ****, I forgot to warn him) - Kanu came on in the 74th minute and was about to score in stoppage time, but he was offside. - In the 94th minute, Kanu went on a run through the defence but was fouled in the area before he could finish. - For the 2nd penalty in a row, Sibiya failed to complete his hat-trick from the spot. He won't be taking any important penalties again! =================================================== v Preston North End (H) - 20/9/25 Preston are Premier League mainstays, in their 12th season in a row in the top tier. Frank Lampard even guided them to Europe, before they ruthlessly sacked him. After Sheffield United did the same, he left football disillusioned, and football lost a future great manager. Today I face off against Mike Newell who, after Sir Steve McClaren retired (and excluding myself), is the best English manager in football. After getting Palace and West Brom promoted to the Premier League (the latter reaching a Europa League semi-final) and Sheffield Wednesday to a Europa League semi-final as well after winning the FA Cup, he begins his first full season in charge of Preston. The home side has won the last 5 meetings, with 4 clean sheets. Team News I finally get to see Scottish World Cup champion and Golden Ball winner Preston in action. Team: Dupraz; Preston, Rafiei, Castillo, McIntosh; Topic, Ryan (c), Anderson; Tsotetsi; Sibiya, Santos --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Pred. 3rd) Man Utd 2 - 2 Preston North End (Pred. 13th) 2-0: Topic (44), Sibiya (54) 2-2: (61), (75) PNE Red Card: (90+2) - Anderson had a knock after 2 minutes, so was subbed off. - We were a frightening threaten, with 2 chances in the 6-yard box being saved. - Rafiei got another early yellow card and was subbed off after 55 minutes at 2-0 up. - Dupraz again came out and gave the opposition an open goal. Now he's dropped harder than Butler was. Butler will be back for the next game. - Another mistake, Castillo's, led to the equaliser. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Q: "What is your reaction to your players after throwing away a 2-0 lead?" A: "I shouted at them. Mistakes aren't done on purpose, but complacency is. Old Trafford should be a fortress. We should've been more than 2-0 ahead, so that even idiotic backpasses and goalkeeper positioning shouldn't have been a problem." Q: "One goalkeeper is 21 years old, the other playing today is 24. Is age a problem?" A: "Yes, but that wasn't inexperience or immaturity, it was stupidity. I told him now and only now: if you play like that, you cannot play for Manchester United. Do you want to be a Schmeichel / van der Sar, or do you want to be a Barthez? Barthez was great but, at the level we want to be at, you cannot be a crazy funny keeper who wants to be a midfielder." Q: "Will that come with age?" A: "No it comes with training. We have a good coach, we have a European Championship finalist and trophy-winning goalkeeper who has been in the game for decades. If you cannot learn from them to not go wandering, then you never will." Q: "So do you have a goalkeeping problem?" A: "This is precisely why I signed Majava. If the youngsters aren't ready, he's such an experienced keeper, I'm sure he will be ready. But I don't want to talk about just the goalkeeper. I shouted at the whole team. Sibiya has started so well but he still should've scored more. Maybe it just needs time, but today the entire team were... this is pre-recorded?" Q: "...Yes we'll be replaying it on Match of the Day and Five Live." A: "They were all bellends. Thank you." ====================================================== Europa League - First Round, 2nd Leg v FC Haka (H) - 25/9/25 Haka lost their last 2 league games before today, so everything is going against them. They need to score 3+ goals at Old Trafford to turn it around, which would be one of the most historic nights in football. Team News I'm playing a weak side, so change to a 4-1-2-3 to shoehorn in all the backup and youth players. Butler is back in goal. If he doesn't **** up, he stays. If he does, the experienced Majava becomes #1. He shouldn't even be tested today. The full backs are young reserves, including Hampson who did well in the 1st leg. Team: Butler; Hampson, Darlington, Castillo, Griffin; King (c); Tsotetsi, Guilbert; Boussoufa, Adams, Lara ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (11th, EPL) Man Utd 3 - 0 FC Haka (6th, Finnish top tier) (6-1 agg.) 3-0: Boussoufa (66, 76, 83) - Close saves and a lot of off-target shots meant we didn't score in the first half. - Another injury within a few minutes meant a change to a more normal 4-1-3-2. Topic came on and made an assist for Boussoufa's first. - Boussoufa finished his hat-trick with a rocket outside the area and then a free-kick. - Haka had 0 shots on target. We qualify for the group stage.
  9. September 2025 - Europa League, Sheffield United, Preston North End With the window out of the way, I overhauled the club affiliates and partnerships. Links remain with: Bury (League 1) - Local partnership Royal Antwerp (Belgian top division) - EU passports Red Star Belgrade (Serbia SuperLiga) - Scouting knowledge and to loan out players OB (Danish Superliga) - Scouting knowledge and to loan out players Bnei Yehuda (Israeli Premier League) - Scouting knowledge and to loan out players Querétaro (Mexican top division) - Scouting knowledge Xanthi (Greek second tier) - Scouting knowledge Links are cancelled with Newport County (Conference South), Pohang Steelers (K League 1, South Korea), Ocean Boys (Nigeria), ES Tunis (Tunisia), Parramatta (Australia) and Cianorte (Série C, Brazil). ==================================================== A disastrous summer for defending champions Newcastle United saw the managerless side lose to Sheffield United, draw with Charlton, and need 2 stoppage time goals to beat Preston. Then they only spent £3.3m on 2 senior transfers (one a free) and had a player stolen by Man Utd. But they finally have a new manager: Marcelino García Toral, the former Real Madrid manager who won 9 titles including 6 in a row, La Decima, and a few more trophies in 14 years. ==================================================== For the Europa League squad, I leave young current #2/3 keeper Dupraz out in favour of experienced Majava, since the other 2 keepers in the squad are very young. 10-year veteran defender Andjic has to be left out for now. Iranian defender Rafiei is ineligible. My deadline day signings are too late to be registered until after the group stage. Europa League - First Round, Leg 1 v FC Haka (A) @ Tehtaan kenttä - 11/9/25 The Finnish champions have never reached the group stage, losing both legs to TNS last campaign 2 seasons ago. They lost both legs of their Champions League tie this season to Lens 2-0 each. Should be a simple win over 2 legs. Team News With a tough game at Sheffield United in just 3 days, it's good we're playing a weak team. With injuries and inelligible players, the team mostly picks itself anyway. Team: Butler; Souza, Castillo, Simak, Farley; Topic, Darlington (c), Topic; Guilbert; Boussoufa, Lara On matchday, it's a huge storm. A downpour and a gale. But the match goes ahead in front of a capacity 6,400 crowd for the biggest match in their history. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (7th, Finnish top tier) FC Haka 1 - 3 Man Utd (Pred. 3rd, Premier League) 0-3: Lara (5, 25), Boussoufa (28) 1-3: (60) - The ball couldn't move at all in the pools of water covering the muddy pitch. But it was clear that, on a nicer day in Manchester (don't hear that often!), the team will run rings around them. - The goal conceded by Haka's one shot on target is disappointing and the keeper, Butler, will now be dropped after 3 games without a clean sheet. - 18-year-old reserve Hampson came on at half time and the right-wing-back did well. - Centre-back Simak was injured in the storm and is out for 2 months. ======================================================== Premier League v Sheffield United (A) @ Bramall Lane - 14/9/25 A bottom-half but stable club who reached the Europa League final 2 seasons ago, only to be beaten on penalties by... Manchester United. However, they've beaten Newcastle and Middlesbrough at home 1-0 already, and in the last 4 league meetings the away team hasn't scored. This makes Sheffield United slight favourites after our 2 away losses. Team News Dupraz comes in as keeper, Anderson and Santos make their debuts. Kanu is on the bench - the only thing he lacks is strength, and it's a strong defence. Team: Dupraz; Souza, Rafiei, Castillo, McIntosh; Topic, Ryan (c), Anderson; Tsotetsi; Sibiya, Santos --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Pred. 10th) Sheffield United 1 - 2 Man Utd (Pred. 3rd) 0-1: Sibiya (31) 1-1: (41) 1-2: Sibiya (47) MU Missed Penalty: Sibiya (90+5) - Luck and panic in the defence gave us the lead, but Dupraz going too far out gave them an equaliser. - Rafiei escaped with a yellow for an elbow to the face and will be warned. (Additional note: ****, I forgot to warn him) - Kanu came on in the 74th minute and was about to score in stoppage time, but he was offside. - In the 94th minute, Kanu went on a run through the defence but was fouled in the area before he could finish. - For the 2nd penalty in a row, Sibiya failed to complete his hat-trick from the spot. He won't be taking any important penalties again! =================================================== v Preston North End (H) - 20/9/25 Preston are Premier League mainstays, in their 12th season in a row in the top tier. Frank Lampard even guided them to Europe, before they ruthlessly sacked him. After Sheffield United did the same, he left football disillusioned, and football lost a future great manager. Today I face off against Mike Newell who, after Sir Steve McClaren retired (and excluding myself), is the best English manager in football. After getting Palace and West Brom promoted to the Premier League (the latter reaching a Europa League semi-final) and Sheffield Wednesday to a Europa League semi-final as well after winning the FA Cup, he begins his first full season in charge of Preston. The home side has won the last 5 meetings, with 4 clean sheets. Team News I finally get to see Scottish World Cup champion and Golden Ball winner Preston in action. Team: Dupraz; Preston, Rafiei, Castillo, McIntosh; Topic, Ryan (c), Anderson; Tsotetsi; Sibiya, Santos --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Pred. 3rd) Man Utd 2 - 2 Preston North End (Pred. 13th) 2-0: Topic (44), Sibiya (54) 2-2: (61), (75) PNE Red Card: (90+2) - Anderson had a knock after 2 minutes, so was subbed off. - We were a frightening threaten, with 2 chances in the 6-yard box being saved. - Rafiei got another early yellow card and was subbed off after 55 minutes at 2-0 up. - Dupraz again came out and gave the opposition an open goal. Now he's dropped harder than Butler was. Butler will be back for the next game. - Another mistake, Castillo's, led to the equaliser. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Q: "What is your reaction to your players after throwing away a 2-0 lead?" A: "I shouted at them. Mistakes aren't done on purpose, but complacency is. Old Trafford should be a fortress. We should've been more than 2-0 ahead, so that even idiotic backpasses and goalkeeper positioning shouldn't have been a problem." Q: "One goalkeeper is 21 years old, the other playing today is 24. Is age a problem?" A: "Yes, but that wasn't inexperience or immaturity, it was stupidity. I told him now and only now: if you play like that, you cannot play for Manchester United. Do you want to be a Schmeichel / van der Sar, or do you want to be a Barthez? Barthez was great but, at the level we want to be at, you cannot be a crazy funny keeper who wants to be a midfielder." Q: "Will that come with age?" A: "No it comes with training. We have a good coach, we have a European Championship finalist and trophy-winning goalkeeper who has been in the game for decades. If you cannot learn from them to not go wandering, then you never will." Q: "So do you have a goalkeeping problem?" A: "This is precisely why I signed Majava. If the youngsters aren't ready, he's such an experienced keeper, I'm sure he will be ready. But I don't want to talk about just the goalkeeper. I shouted at the whole team. Sibiya has started so well but he still should've scored more. Maybe it just needs time, but today the entire team were... this is pre-recorded?" Q: "...Yes we'll be replaying it on Match of the Day and Five Live." A: "They were all bellends. Thank you." ====================================================== Europa League - First Round, 2nd Leg v FC Haka (H) - 25/9/25 Haka lost their last 2 league games before today, so everything is going against them. They need to score 3+ goals at Old Trafford to turn it around, which would be one of the most historic nights in football. Team News I'm playing a weak side, so change to a 4-1-2-3 to shoehorn in all the backup and youth players. Butler is back in goal. If he doesn't **** up, he stays. If he does, the experienced Majava becomes #1. He shouldn't even be tested today. The full backs are young reserves, including Hampson who did well in the 1st leg. Team: Butler; Hampson, Darlington, Castillo, Griffin; King (c); Tsotetsi, Guilbert; Boussoufa, Adams, Lara ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (11th, EPL) Man Utd 3 - 0 FC Haka (6th, Finnish top tier) (6-1 agg.) 3-0: Boussoufa (66, 76, 83) - Close saves and a lot of off-target shots meant we didn't score in the first half. - Another injury within a few minutes meant a change to a more normal 4-1-3-2. Topic came on and made an assist for Boussoufa's first. - Boussoufa finished his hat-trick with a rocket outside the area and then a free-kick. - Haka had 0 shots on target. We qualify for the group stage.
  10. git2thachoppa

    The New FMCU General Discussion Thread

    DIscuss.
  11. git2thachoppa

    The New FMCU General Discussion Thread

    Let the writers themselves put forward nominations from their own stories for little stuff like best/worst/funniest match/moment/player etc. then decide from those if there's enough.
  12. August 2025 - Deadline Day Panic Buying! Featuring Vince McMahon himself. Premier League v Leicester City (A) @ Leicester City Stadium - 23/8/25 Leciester, another yo-yo club, have 4 points out of 6 so far. United got 4 points from them last season, but they're the slight favourites today. Team News They'd beat us on the wings, so I''m changing from 4-4-2 diamond to 3-5-2. The wingers are removed and put in as an extra man in central defence and central midfield, and the full-backs become wing-backs. The midfield 4 (2 WB + 2 CM) are all from the British Isles. Tsotetsi makes his first start. Boussoufa also makes his debut, having to follow on from Sibiya's opening hat trick, but it'll be a tough day for the strikers today. Team: Butler; Souza, Rafiei, Hamann; Pressley, King (c), Ryan, McIntosh; Tsotetsi; Boussoufa, Sibiya ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Pred. 11th) Leicester 1 - 0 Man Utd (Pred. 3rd) 1-0: (46) - An equal game but we had control of the first half. They managed to squeeze a goal in, we couldn't. - Boussoufa reacted angrily to being substituted. - Rafiei was the best player. ================================================================= I'm having trouble shifting the remaining players I'm trying to sell, so I have to make do with loaning out former #1 keeper Abdulla out on loan to Real Betis with a future £3m fee. ================================================================= v Chelsea (A) @ Stamford Bridge - 27/8/25 José Mourinho left a second time after nearly a decade to manage Real Madrid, but Valter Bonacina has kept them a top 4 side so far. The last 4 matches between the clubs have ended in draws. Chelsea have lost their 2 games this season 2-1, albiet away to Arsenal and Man City. Team News We go back to a 4-4-2. After this game, only Preston and Andjic won't have played yet. Team: Butler; Rafiei, Souza, Simak, Hamann; Topic, Darlington (c), McIntosh; Guilbert; Sibiya, John ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Pred. 5th) Chelsea 1 - 0 Man Utd (Pred. 3rd) 1-0: (37) C Disallowed Goal: (76) - Diabolical performance. Only 3 key passes (by defenders!), 2 shots, 1 on target. - We had a penalty appeal turned down. In the press conference, I say it wasn't the 2 results that worried me, but the performances. We created nothing against Chelsea, and had no real chance in either match. I reveal that I'd planned on reassessing in the January window but, after these 2 losses, it looks like we'll have to bring in players now rather than lose half a season. ================================================================= MAN UTD SEND SHOCKWAVES WITH HUGE DEADLINE DAY DEALS United fans were giddy and shirt sales through the roof as the manager's warning of more transfers came to shocking fruition. It started with the signing of striker Eric Kanu from Inter Milan for a whopping £29.5m. This breaks Inter's record for highest fee received (slightly more than Real Madrid paid Inter for Ronaldo in 2002) and is on a par with Man Utd's record transfer for Rio Ferdinand from Leeds United a month earlier. He will join up with new United striker Sibiya, who was only bought from Inter himself for £10.5m a few weeks ago and scored a hat-trick on his debut, the first Utd player to do so since Wayne Rooney in 2004. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Eric Kanu - 28, Nigeria (30 goals in 41 caps) / England, £29.5 from Inter Milan (Serie A) - Pace 16, Jumping 17, Strength 14, Finishing 20, Off The Ball 16 An Arsenal youth product that moved to Chelsea, Sporting, Real Madrid and then Inter in the space of 5 years. Last season he scored 15 league goals and 5 in Europe. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As well as Celtic's out-of-contract 17-year-old defender Peter Peppers, United sensationally snatched 23-year-old Brazilian striker Santos from champions Newcastle United after the club were unable to convince him to renew his contract. It's estimated a future tribunal will set the compensation fee at only £3m, 4 years after Newcastle spent £12.5m for him. Notably, in this transfer window United have now signed one half of Atlético's Brazilian Souza-Souza defensive partnership (the Portuguese international, not the Brazilian international) and one half of Newcastle's potential Brazilian Santos-Santos strike partnership (the Brazilian international, not the Portuguese international)! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Santos - 23, Brazil (1 goal in 10 caps), £3m (compensation) from Newcastle United (Premier League) - Pace 18, Jumping 15, Strength 19, Finishing 19, Off The Ball 17 20 in First Touch, high Technique, mentally strong and determined, physically fit. He made his debut for Brazil at only 21, and got 12 goals and 7 assists in 32(20) league games for Newcastle. Incredible value. The Geordies are fuming! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It was still morning when United signed another Brazilian from another Milan club: Champions League-winning midfielder Anderson (pronounced 'UHnderson'). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Anderson - AMC, M/AML - 30, Brazil (2 goals in 35 caps), £4.7m from AC Milan (Serie A) - Pace 12, Jumping 18, Strength 18, Passing 17, Crossing 19, Dribbling 19, Long Shots 20, Finishing 15 Anderson is a serial winner who'll provide real threat down the left. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There had been rumours of yet more moves, but these were reliant on players being sold first. However United have been unable to move on any more transfer-listed players since the initial flurry when the new manager arrived. Still, this makes it 13 new signings plus 1 loan and brings spending this window to nearly £100m.
  13. August 2025 - Deadline Day Panic Buying! Featuring Vince McMahon himself. Premier League v Leicester City (A) @ Leicester City Stadium - 23/8/25 Leciester, another yo-yo club, have 4 points out of 6 so far. United got 4 points from them last season, but they're the slight favourites today. Team News They'd beat us on the wings, so I''m changing from 4-4-2 diamond to 3-5-2. The wingers are removed and put in as an extra man in central defence and central midfield, and the full-backs become wing-backs. The midfield 4 (2 WB + 2 CM) are all from the British Isles. Tsotetsi makes his first start. Boussoufa also makes his debut, having to follow on from Sibiya's opening hat trick, but it'll be a tough day for the strikers today. Team: Butler; Souza, Rafiei, Hamann; Pressley, King (c), Ryan, McIntosh; Tsotetsi; Boussoufa, Sibiya ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Pred. 11th) Leicester 1 - 0 Man Utd (Pred. 3rd) 1-0: (46) - An equal game but we had control of the first half. They managed to squeeze a goal in, we couldn't. - Boussoufa reacted angrily to being substituted. - Rafiei was the best player. ================================================================= I'm having trouble shifting the remaining players I'm trying to sell, so I have to make do with loaning out former #1 keeper Abdulla out on loan to Real Betis with a future £3m fee. ================================================================= v Chelsea (A) @ Stamford Bridge - 27/8/25 José Mourinho left a second time after nearly a decade to manage Real Madrid, but Valter Bonacina has kept them a top 4 side so far. The last 4 matches between the clubs have ended in draws. Chelsea have lost their 2 games this season 2-1, albiet away to Arsenal and Man City. Team News We go back to a 4-4-2. After this game, only Preston and Andjic won't have played yet. Team: Butler; Rafiei, Souza, Simak, Hamann; Topic, Darlington (c), McIntosh; Guilbert; Sibiya, John ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Pred. 5th) Chelsea 1 - 0 Man Utd (Pred. 3rd) 1-0: (37) C Disallowed Goal: (76) - Diabolical performance. Only 3 key passes (by defenders!), 2 shots, 1 on target. - We had a penalty appeal turned down. In the press conference, I say it wasn't the 2 results that worried me, but the performances. We created nothing against Chelsea, and had no real chance in either match. I reveal that I'd planned on reassessing in the January window but, after these 2 losses, it looks like we'll have to bring in players now rather than lose half a season. ================================================================= MAN UTD SEND SHOCKWAVES WITH HUGE DEADLINE DAY DEALS United fans were giddy and shirt sales through the roof as the manager's warning of more transfers came to shocking fruition. It started with the signing of striker Eric Kanu from Inter Milan for a whopping £29.5m. This breaks Inter's record for highest fee received (slightly more than Real Madrid paid Inter for Ronaldo in 2002) and is on a par with Man Utd's record transfer for Rio Ferdinand from Leeds United a month earlier. He will join up with new United striker Sibiya, who was only bought from Inter himself for £10.5m a few weeks ago and scored a hat-trick on his debut, the first Utd player to do so since Wayne Rooney in 2004. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Eric Kanu - 28, Nigeria (30 goals in 41 caps) / England, £29.5 from Inter Milan (Serie A) - Pace 16, Jumping 17, Strength 14, Finishing 20, Off The Ball 16 An Arsenal youth product that moved to Chelsea, Sporting, Real Madrid and then Inter in the space of 5 years. Last season he scored 15 league goals and 5 in Europe. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As well as Celtic's out-of-contract 17-year-old defender Peter Peppers, United sensationally snatched 23-year-old Brazilian striker Santos from champions Newcastle United after the club were unable to convince him to renew his contract. It's estimated a future tribunal will set the compensation fee at only £3m, 4 years after Newcastle spent £12.5m for him. Notably, in this transfer window United have now signed one half of Atlético's Brazilian Souza-Souza defensive partnership (the Portuguese international, not the Brazilian international) and one half of Newcastle's potential Brazilian Santos-Santos strike partnership (the Brazilian international, not the Portuguese international)! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Santos - 23, Brazil (1 goal in 10 caps), £3m (compensation) from Newcastle United (Premier League) - Pace 18, Jumping 15, Strength 19, Finishing 19, Off The Ball 17 20 in First Touch, high Technique, mentally strong and determined, physically fit. He made his debut for Brazil at only 21, and got 12 goals and 7 assists in 32(20) league games for Newcastle. Incredible value. The Geordies are fuming! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It was still morning when United signed another Brazilian from another Milan club: Champions League-winning midfielder Anderson (pronounced 'UHnderson'). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Anderson - AMC, M/AML - 30, Brazil (2 goals in 35 caps), £4.7m from AC Milan (Serie A) - Pace 12, Jumping 18, Strength 18, Passing 17, Crossing 19, Dribbling 19, Long Shots 20, Finishing 15 Anderson is a serial winner who'll provide real threat down the left. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There had been rumours of yet more moves, but these were reliant on players being sold first. However United have been unable to move on any more transfer-listed players since the initial flurry when the new manager arrived. Still, this makes it 13 new signings plus 1 loan and brings spending this window to nearly £100m.
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