Sounds like you would be better off finding and downloading an instant result skin. I use the instant result for pretty much all of my games. I set up the team and tactics and then instant result it. You get the win/loss as if you were actually doing it. You can set up match plans for the AM to use, but I generally don't bother. Just pick the team and tactics and he'll change it as he sees fit. If you do want to try out that youngster though, the AM will almost always sub him at half time.
But yes, I don't play the actual matches either, I just instant result them.