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  1. I hope in the new game the AI doesn't sack their manager too easily and too often. Just started a new save and Klopp got sacked for finishing 3rd.
  2. Bought him for 84M in my last save, he was unhappy and that was his list price. Good player but not the world beater that everyone might expect, or maybe it was my tactics but i did try him in his natural IF position. He chips in with both goals and assists and is reasonably consistent.
  3. I rather put a youngster there. How often does your gk get injured? Maybe once a season if at all. Just not worth it.
  4. I like to play certain players in league matches only to help them win top goalscorer or golden glove, for example if martial goes on a nice run in the league i will stop playing him in cup games and save him for the league so he can win the award.
  5. The only 'difficulty' setting in the game is how you create your manager, with no coaching and playing experience, you will have zero support especially when managing a big club until after the first few months and you start producing results. Thats the only difficulty level, as nobody wants to see artificial difficulty in a simluation like this.
  6. yes it should, not extensively tested this year but i would recommend keeping a 41221 as second tactic for away games vs 4231 if you are underdog, as sometimes midfield gets overrun. This tactic is strong against 41221 however, and against another 442 it could be a potential shootout. hmm it should be plug n play for man united, the only issue ive had is late goals from the AI, this year they actually try very hard for an equaliser or late goal. When you are in the lead or are taking a bit of pressure, you can try dropping d-line and use OI to target the most dangerous player. I've
  7. Yes, i've always had it like that in previous versions. The idea is that one pushes out more often to close down while the other covers the through balls.
  8. Game too hard? Wondering why you are not scoring with Manchester United, or dominating games but only one goal and then draw or lose? Try this plug and play 4-4-2 tactic, emphasis on fast direct attacking football with wing play, and a classic Scholes/Keane midfield combo. I haven't had time to try it with lower league clubs because I will do a journeyman save after the winter transfer update, but I have used this same tactic for previous FM's as I just import or re-create it every year. I have posted this tactic before, I forgot FM 15 or 16, it had great success as I took FC United from t
  9. I developed him last year, useful player, his ambitious personality means he will train hard and improve his stats to become better. Chips in with free kick goals and assists here and there, not consistent enough to be a top player and iirc eventually i replace him after about 4-5 seasons, although he never complains and I think i even had him on a month-to-month for awhile after his contract expired. Eventually replaced by the regens pushing through. This year I didn't develop him on my first save because Gomes and Pereira are ahead of him and are also versatile enough to play on the flank
  10. Think ill have to start a new save soon, there's hardly any challenge in this one anymore. I'm only on the second season by boxing day and Andreas Pereira is the league's top scorer with 8 goals. Last season Martial ran away with it, with Rondon at second with like ten goals apart, this year the big clubs like Liverpool and City are hoving outside the europa places. Wolves is 3rd and Newcastle 2nd with Rafa doing a great job, signed Balotelli on a free on the second season and he's killing it with 8 goals 7 assists so far. They also signed Barkley in the last winter window (had the first s
  11. I also found it pretty easy with stock squads and first transfer window disabled, 6 pts clear by new years right now. Stick with the 442, wing play is very strong again this year. I put Pereira at left wing and he's got 2 goals 8 assists in 13 appearances. I'm off loading a third of my squad in the jan window before their contracts expire, as this years United is pretty interesting in that nearly half the teams contracts are expiring. So lets see what happens as I ease Gomes, Chong, and Ro-Shaun into the first team for the second half of the season to replace Jones, Smalling, Fellaini, Her
  12. Glad to see I'm not the only one seeing these sackings. If Liverpool finish outside of top 4, it's bye bye Klopp. And Conte usually follows because his 343 just doesn't work well in the game in the EPL. As for Schneiderlin, his mentality doesn't cut it for me, hides in the big games and becomes complacent when we are ahead in matches. Same with Depay and Blind, even though I want to give them a chance, they just aren't reliable enough. On my current save I use Basti as first choice and he was rock solid until he suffered a hip injury.
  13. Something I've noticed after 5+ saves. In the EPL, Chelsea and Liverpool always struggle, and in my current game, both Conte and Klopp have been sacked before the first season is over. Conte's system just doesn't work in the game, or at least the AI isn't doing a very good job of implementing it. And I dont understand why Liverpool always struggle at the start of the season, linger around midtable, and then Klopp gets the sack before Christmas. Not that it doesn't amuse me, mind. On the other hand, Watford with Mazarri's 532 always does well and finish top half, usually top 6, even I stru
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