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  1. Next game was against Bayern at the Allianz, a great 2-0 win, but it didn't come without its frustrations. Another bad game from Pogba, the fact we're 2-0 up against one of the best teams and he still gets a 6.5 just shows how awful he was, wayward passes, no goal threat, dribbling his way into the opposition. Herrera has been simply shocking for me, 6.2. The ratings are what infuriates me the most - and Bayern were down to ten men so that was fortunate too.
  2. So I've spent the last week playing some games, sorting out formations and to be honest I'm not finding this game anywhere near as fun as previous FM's, like 17 and 18. Whenever I make tactical changes I barely notice a single thing - my forwards get absolutely terrible ratings. It's like the game sees a good game as getting a goal, and ignoring other aspects of play when giving someone a match rating, which in turn lowers their morale and value. But my biggest pain of all, I can't score regular goals. About 40% of my goals have come from a nice corner routine I sorted, and other quick set pieces, and while it's satisfying seeing that, I very rarely ever score from open play, unless the opposition make a terrible mistake. I'm dominating the stats in terms of shots and overall attacking play, but Lukaku can't finish his dinner, Rashford puts in clangers every game, and my right winger, Corona or Lingard, contributes to absolutely nothing at all, same could be said about my right side in general. Midfield doesn't do enough, I tend to have a DLP (D) playing as the number six, with two of either a BBM, AP (S) or MEZ (A) in front, and one in every five games they'll do something, otherwise, they're pitiful. Another thing that pisses me off to no avail is the fact that every time we get possession from deep, whoever is on the ball just blasts it up the field, into nowhere - even when I mix up the passing, change the mentality etc. Nothing can stop that. The screenshot shows my overall tactics, which I've been constantly tweaking, but what you see is a rough guide as to how I set up my team. Any tips on how to get this team to play more efficiently, and overall score more goals would be appreciated massively mate.
  3. Very interesting, I feel like I probably need two playmakers, to accommodate the likes of Pogba, Matic (DLP maybe), Bentancur, De Jong, and Pereira all being in and around the squad. Feel like the engine room will be suited to Herrera and Fred more, or perhaps Fred could be a DLP (D) and Bentancur being a physical box to box player. Perhaps a DLP (D), or CM (D), and B2B and AP (S) or RPM (S) either side, to create a dynamic transition into the attack. My right side will be Valencia (unfortunately) and Lingard, with Dalot and Corona as backups, both starters have good work rate and will be more defensively solid than the left wing. Both aren't the best players but I wasn't able to strengthen there, which might be a slight concern. Since Lingard will be in a front three, most he'll need to be able to make runs in behind the defence, as well as come deeper, collect the ball, and create wide chances. Wanted someone with better crossing than him, to whip in some far post ones so Lukaku or Martial can get to them better, but I'll have to live with his average stat in that department. Will probably put him on support as I do still want him to link up at times when he needs to, with the midfield. Valencia will likely be something like a WB (S), or FB (S), not quite as attacking as Shaw and Tierney who might end up being CWB (S) or FB (A). As for the Mezzala, yeah I get you, I find the Mezzala to be helpful in the build up play, as he can ghost in and around the opposition deep areas well and provide creative options. I'm guessing the RPM is similar to the AP but with a bit more of an attacking intent, or likely to appear in positions where he can help more in attack, but then again it all depends on the players around him and the PI's.
  4. Cheers for the update! As I'll go with most likely IF (A) on the left, and a poacher up top, as the AF drifts out too much and I need more of a consistent presence in that area. What role would you say Pogba is best for. My response to the other one has the midfield roles I might experiment with. Quite like the prospect of Mezzala on attack, but if he's on the left side it might interfere with Martial/Sanchez, as well as Shaw/Tierney going forward. While it might create an overload it won't provide Pogba with the space he needs at times. In FM 18 I used Pogba as a 10, behind Lukaku, either a Target Man (A) or a Poacher, and he got bags of goals. His poor positioning stat makes me reluctant as a B2B, as he'll be asked to do more defensive work, something I'd rather trust Herrera and Fred with as their defending is better and they both have good work rate, as well as a limited creativity (Fred less so compared to Ander). Need someone in the middle to sit a bit deeper, and defend counter attacks, maybe fill in to the left side when Luke Shaw or Kieran Tierney gets forward more. Creating a left sided overload could work, as it'd free up Lingard or Corona to run up and down the right side in possession, and allowing Pogba to play splitting passes to them. I guess with more experience in friendlies I'll get a better insight. Tried Wing Play, and while it created lots of highlights it didn't amount to many genuine scoring chances, Vertical Tiki Taka worked well, won 3-1 against a Mexican side, Pereira did fantastic, as well as Sanchez exploiting the channels, but he pretty much played as a P compared to AF.
  5. Thanks for the help! I'm considering using a midfield three of Herrera/Bentancur/Matic/Fred (any two of those) and Pogba, with Pogba as either a Mezzala, AP or RPM, and the other two forming a CM (D) or DLP (D) and B2B. I like having two playmakers, as if one's getting marked out the game and closed down, I've always got another creative fulcrum, be it from deeper areas to pass to the attacking full backs. I've experimented with "Run at defence" tactic, however it's a bit extreme, find it easier letting the attacking players do their thing, and have some flair to create chances, be it out wide or through balls behind the defence. I'll probably go with a poacher up top, so Pogba can get forward more and supply them, and the AF sometimes drifts out too much.
  6. Interesting... I kinda want to make Pogba a goalscoring midfielder, so maybe Mezzala on attack, as the right sided midfielder, so the left isn't too congested. I'd go with a direct wing play strategy but this game is horrendous when it comes to crossing, they'll dribble, stop and wait for a defender to come to them, get back in space but still refuse to cross when the opportunity is there.
  7. Hi! So I've just started a new save with my team, United. Was given £90 million which is a decent amount but not amazing in terms of buying quality players. So my main goal was signing young players on cheap deals and improving overall squad depth, as I know the injuries are quite frankly overkill in this game. But I need some help in regards to how I set up my squad, I wanna try a 4-1-2-3, with one holding midfielder there to provide cover for the attacking left back, Shaw or Tierney. However most of my players are box to box midfielders and/or playmakers, which perhaps suits a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. My right wing options aren't great, Jesse Lingard and Jesus Corona being the two natural ones, Sanchez might play there, but I wanna use Martial on the left a lot, as an Inside Forward on Attack Duty. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get any good CB options, so I'm stuck with the current five, three of which are incredibly injury prone and another is Smalling. I like a CD (S) with a BPD (C) combination, reminiscent of Vidic and Ferdinand respectively. In the last few years I've always favoured direct wing play, but with a previous save that got yeeted, the approach was very inconsistent, and my midfielders, unless they scored, got **** poor ratings for some reason, as well as one of my two fullbacks getting a 6.2 more often than not. Feel like I wanna use the playmaking abilities of the likes of Pogba, Bentancur etc. (Mata was shocking in the previous save and I kinda intend to sell him on for some money) in the midfield, to play balls over the top to guys like Martial, Rashford, Sanchez etc. Perhaps Lingard as a 10 could work, with Pogba as the Mezzala, Bentancur as the deep playmaker, and someone like Fred or Herrera being the box to box. So yeah, what roles, formations and tactical approaches would you recommend? Cheers xo
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