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  1. I haven't seen him mentioned anywhere on this forum (i've done a search and everything), but AMR Viktor Tsygankov from Kiev has been mighty impressive for my Man Utd team. A relative bargain for top sides at £17.5m his assist numbers are amazing and often gets into streaks of form that make him undroppable - even keeping Greenwood out of the team. Also, Matheus Henrique from Gremio, another relative bargain available for less than £20m is a top CM-DLP. He plays passes in behind that other players don't, and regularly bosses games.
  2. Here's a few of mine. All have been acquired aside from Bayliss who's come through my Man Utd system. Rene Michna, currently billed as the next Petr Cech. Hoping he'll be the long term successor to De Gea for me. Sorin Dumanica, currently forcing Maddison aside in the AMC role, in competition with Mejibri. Uriel Rivera, the jury's still out a bit. Picks up red cards quite regularly in his loan spells. Jimmy Bayliss, was once billed the new Michael Owen and has developed pretty well. Find it hard to give him game time though with Haaland and Mbappe ahead of him. Anselmo Espino, the jewel of my wonderkid signings and the reason I let Wan Bissaka leave.
  3. I just finished my 23/24 season with probably the best run of results I can remember having. From the start of March to the end of the season I only conceded 5 goals and ended winning the League, FA Cup and Champions League. Having bought Mbappe in January I was trying to find a way of playing both him and Haaland (I usually play 4-2-3-1) and stumbled into a really effective 5-3-2 for the big games against City and Barcelona. Then, Haaland got injured and missed the last month of the season which was a worry, but Mbappe carried me over the line! Such a satisfying end to the season!
  4. Signed him for Man Utd and after a couple of loans and a lengthy injury with a broken spine (ouch!) he's now (season 2023/24) doing great as a Mezzala in my midfield. He ghosts past people for fun - i know it's ridiculous to say just from looking at the match engine, be he reminds me of Gazza!
  5. I've just signed him for Man Utd in 23/24 season. I needed to replace Kane who had gone off the boil anyway and Real Madrid offered £85m for. Too much to turn down for a 30-year-old. My budgets were huge and PSG certainly saw me coming. I paid £300m for him and it still keeps me up at night!! He scored in his first game, then got injured (i was terrified it was something big but was only out for a few weeks) - now he's got 6 in 5 and i don't think i'm gonna regret shelling out.
  6. Sorry, beeb away for a bit. I don't have a save from before the tournament, but a few days before it started everyone was available. I didn't change anything; there was nothing i could do about it apparently. Still, my players came back and I won the tournament... no big deal.
  7. I've just realised this is the case in my save too. I am trying to find a way to adjust the holiday return date, but can't find anything. Pretty annoying really.
  8. Dunno if anyone read this... but I feel like the FM AI somehow did... When i picked up the game again, both Kane and Haaland got injured in training and I went on to be absolutely dire against Swansea and lose, breaking my good run!!!!
  9. Here’s my Man Utd story so far. I chose to start with them because a) I’m a fan and b) I’ve always found the best way to get into a new FM is with a top side initially where things are a little easier. That said, I also felt United are a bit of a challenge this season! First priority was transfers - bringing in quality in midfield and defence. Not to mention clearing out the deadwood. In came: Maddison for £30m Van der Beek for £23.5m Ajer for £20m I then panicked a bit about firepower up front and brought in Moussa Dembele from Lyon for a reasonable £26m for rotation with Martial. Finally, just before deadline day, Kehrer came up transfer listed for £4.5m which was too much of a no-brainer to turn down. In terms of outgoings, I was much less successful: Matic, Jones, Rojo, Garner and Williams all went out on loan Sold Bailly for £8m to Atletico Madrid when it became clear a work permit for a contract renewal was going to be a problem. In January I signed Haaland for £17.25m and soldFred for £24.5 to Southampton. Over the course of the season I found my squad pretty well balanced with cover in most areas. Only point of regret was loaning out Williams and leaving Ashley Young as my only backup left back. Stars of my team were Rashford (33 goals in 50 starts in all comps) and Daniel James (19 goals in 41 in all comps) both playing from AML and AMR respectively. James was a big surprise, but he was lethal in the opening months of the season. I won my opening 11 games of the season before having a real wobble in December while trying to juggle rotation in the squad. Things picked up again from January though and I was in the running for the League, FA Cup and Europa League. Unfortunately I was hit with injuries to Pogba (2 weeks) and Van Der Beek (6 weeks) just before the Europa League Semi against Arsenal. I was left with Ajer, Pereira and McTominay in the centre of midfield for home and away against Arsenal in the EL semi, then back-to-back league games with City (H) and Liverpool (A). Miraculously I won all of them. Annoyingly though I still fell short of City, missing out by 2 points. But worse was to come. I lost to Burnley on penalties in the FA Cup final and then 1-0 to Valencia in the Europa League. I dominated bother games completely but it just wasn’t my day(s). Now, my plans for the second season were dictated by the fact Paul Pogba wouldn’t agree to a new, reasonable contract and ultimately I had to sell him for £90m to Barcelona. He would need to be replaced and I went for Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio for £75m. An opportunity also came up to swoop for Harry Kane, who was unsettled. Another £75m outlay secured him. I also added an unknown (to me) Ukrainian right winger as backup for James for £16m - Victor Tsygankov. And this time I was very successful with that dead wood! Out went: Romero for £8.75m Kehrer for £7.5m Sanchez for £10m Rojo for £4.7m Jones for £17.5m Fosu-Mensah for £9.25m Lingard for £14.25m Dembele for £22.5m (reluctantly but was unsettled by Kane’s arrival and I didn’t need him anyway) My season started pretty badly with far too many draws, at the end of November I had a record of: W5 D6 L2 including, in my last fixture of November a 5-0 drubbing from Arsenal. At this point I was under a bit of pressure from the board. Thankfully, things have picked up and now, midway through February I have won all 13 league games since that 5-0 disaster. And am currently on an 11-game streak without conceding in all competitions. I’m currently 3rd in the league but my poor start means i’m a good way behind Liverpool and Arsenal at the top, but I am clawing it back. Here's my current form: Things are going well, but I have the enviable problem that Haaland is playing like an absolute beast right now and, although Kane is pretty reliable on the goalscoring front he’s not playing all that great. Also, I’m not able to give Greenwood the opportunities I want to with Haaland and Kane ahead of him. I’m considering a tactical switch to get two strikers in the team, but things are going so well at the moment it doesn’t feel like the right thing to do. My other option is to possibly sell Kane while he still has big market value, but i’ve only had him for 7 months and it will no doubt cause unrest among the team. Here’s my current First Team squad: And here’s the tactic I’m using - i’ve recently adopted a more direct approach with balls in behind the opposition in transition which works great with Rashford, Haaland and James.
  10. I picked up Maddison, Ajer, Dembele (Lyon) and van der Beek all for about £25m each at Man Utd (who says Woodward is useless? ) and all of them have been great so far, would recommend. And transfer listed Kehrer for £4.5m is an absolute no brainer.
  11. In the very first transfer window Scotland's James McArthur has just left Crystal Palace and joined ATP in the Brazilian First Division for £7.5m.
  12. I posted in this thread a week or so ago asking for opinions on a fairly budget laptop I was eyeing up. I was told fairly bluntly that it wasn't good enough and i'd have to double my budget and I must be lying/mistaken in thinking I'd managed to do things I said I did on a similar spec some years ago. Which, y'know... was helpful. Anyway, I thought something that might actually be helpful is to post to say I bought a budget laptop; this Acer: https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/acer-aspire-5-a515-43-15-6-amd-ryzen-5-laptop-256-gb-ssd-silver-10198290-pdt.html I've gone budget because I'm only really buying it for FM20 and some photo editing/cataloguing so couldn't justify forking out any more than this. I've now played through my first pre-season on the FM20 Beta and, with a Large Database and 12 leagues across 5 nations, i'm finding the performance perfectly acceptable for me. 'Continuing' doesn't happen instantly every time, but when there is a delay it's just a few second's. The 3D match engine runs pretty smoothly, although the edges are a little rough on the visuals. Doing player searches in the Scouting area again takes a couple of seconds to show the results, but it's all perfectly playable for me and i'm happy with my purchase. As someone who's played FM since the CM days of the 90s where you'd have to leave your machine for a few hours to process at the end of each season, a few seconds here and there and a slightly less slick looking match engine isn't a a problem at all. So, if you are able to adjust/align your expectations to a similar scenario, a budget laptop of a spec similar to this one i've bought (Ebuyer do a Lenovo for the same price and spec) can be perfectly fine. Currys also accept trade-ins on any laptop with windows 8 or newer, so you can get some further money off too.
  13. I don’t think a £400 windows machine will give me the same performance. I literally said the opposite in my post. 🙄 I comfortably ran Lightroom/Photoshop on a fairly budget desktop PC 7-8 years ago with much lower spec than the laptop I linked to, so for my Photo uses I’m reasonably confident of the performance. Was just looking for a second opinion on what I’d found more for projected FM performance seeing as I’ve not played on a Windows machine for 5-6 years. Nevermind.
  14. Having played FM on my work Macbook in recent years, my employer has new 'locked down' my latest machine (the swines!) so I'm in the market for a budget second laptop to play FM and do some photo-editing. Aiming to spend under £400 and am realistic in my expectations not to have the speediest experience playing FM. So far, this is the best option I've found: https://www.ebuyer.com/901659-lenovo-v155-15api-amd-ryzen-5-3500u-8gb-256gb-ssd-15-6-inch-full-hd-81v50008uk# Thoughts? Appreciate any second, third, etc. opinions on this and any alternatives?
  15. Tried that, but didn't seem to say. I've since added a new manager in the Man Utd post, retired that person, then applied again, accepted and took up the post straight away.
  16. I don't remember even seeing the option for that - i was very hastily accepting! Perhaps that's what's happened - i'm currently in post-season anyway so I guess i'll soon find out.
  17. The Man Utd job has just become available in my game and i decided to apply and (hopefully) leave my Stoke team on a high having won a cup treble. I applied, and Man Utd offered me the job, with no negotiation I accepted and 'continued' the game on and I'm still Stoke manager. Few more 'game days' pass and i'm still Stoke manager. Both Stoke and Man Utd transfers in progress list my switch but it doesn't seem to be happening. I've now also resigned from Stoke to see if that would speed things along, but having progressed a few more game days still no luck. Has anyone experienced anything similar? Know to 'fix' this?
  18. I'd suggest Stoke. They have a decent spine of players to begin with along with a fair amount of dead wood you can move on to generate transfer funds. I'm just coming to the end of my 5th season with them and over the years have won FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League, Super Cup and have just clinched my first title - hugely enjoyable.
  19. It's taken me a little while to get through it (pesky real life gets in the way), but I've just completed my first season of management in FM13. It took some time to find a club I wanted to manage - being a Man Utd fan I began with them, but quickly abandoned that save as I like to build a team and there's very little work to be done at United. Eventually I settled on Stoke City as they're a good solid Premiership outfit, financially secure and had some players I really wanted to manage. The prospect of building upon the solid defence of Shawcross and Huth and trying to get the partnership of Crouch and Owen firing with Charlie Adam supplying the amunition was quite exciting (to me anyway). Another appeal of Stoke City is that they have a lot of fairly average squad players that can be moved on to gather a decent transfer fund for rebuilding. So the first thing I did was sell Tonge, Delap, Sidibe, Sorensen, Jerome, Upson, Higginbotham and Whitehead for a combined £8m. The best bit of business being getting £3m from Everton for Jerome! The August transfer window was tough though, I struggled to get any of my targets in and had to settled for signing only: Michael Keane - £250k from Man Utd Tsepo Masilela - £950k from Kaiser Chiefs And then taking on a couple of loan signings in Guidetti from Man City, Riera from Galatasaray and Kozak from Lazio. The season started well, I lost only 2 of the first 8 games to Arsenal and Man City, but in November and December things took a turn for the worse and I only won 1 game in 11 leaving me desperate for January to come so I could get some re-enforcements in. Finaly, when the transfer window opened I shipped out Glenn Whelan and Andy Wilkinson for over £3m in total and splashed the cash on: Christian Brüls - £7.5m from AA Gent Nicklas Helenius - £2.6m from AaB Both had an instant impact, Helenius took over from Crouch as my lone striker - by this time I'd decided against persevering with Michael Owen - and Helenius scored in each of his first 7 matches. From January to the end of the season I lost only 4 matches, a run that took me to the final of the FA Cup. That cup run was notable for knocking Man City out on penalties, Michael Owen redeeming himself for a poor season with an Extra Time winner against Everton in the semi-final and finally for an 88th minute penalty from Charlie Adam that saw me take the trophy with a 1-0 win over Arsenal. A-mazing! In the league, I finished a highly satisfying 8th, dipping from my season high position of 6th in the last few games with a few draws thanks to a tired squad after a few injuries and cup replays. I began the season mostly playing a flat 4-4-2 which served me pretty well for a while, but when form started to dip I switched to a 4-1-2-2-1 with an anchor man (Nzonzi) and wide wingers and that became really effective. Stand out players were: Shawcross - Ever-present in the league with AVR of 7.62 Palacios - Didn't expect much from him to begin with, but in 38 appearances in all competitions had AVR of 7.33 I'm now in pre-season and building for hopefully a Euro Cup run and qualifying for Europe once again. This should be helped by the transfer coup of the century - where I've just beaten Bayern and Juventus to the free transfer signing of Fernando Llorente!! I can't wait to fit him into my team. All in all, probably the most enjoyable season I've had playing FM in a few years - and I've played a lot of seasons! Of course, being successful helps the enjoyment!
  20. I started a new save today beginning as unemployed - something i've never done, but thought i'd experiment with in the hope of finding a game I would stick with and rattle through a few seasons on before FM13 arrives. I applied for every available job, including international ones and the only one I was offered was by Sporting Mahonés in the Spanish Second Division B3 (the fourth tier of Spanish football). I quickly googled them and found they've actually, since the last data update for FM12, folded and dropped out of the league. Being the football romantic that I am this was great news for me - an underdog i could root for and get attached to as manager, so i accepted the job offer. I had only half a dozen players in the squad and was quickly signing up some players I was fairly confident would be excellent for this level of football. I was really enjoying moulding a squad from scratch knowing that every player there was one i'd chosen and when my first pre-season friendly came around i went a goal behind inside the first 10 minutes only to come back and win 4-1 with my new signings doing great. Everything is going perfectly and i'm already pretty engrossed in this game. Then, the next news item comes along saying there's a boardroom takeover happening. I get quite excited by this - have i really got so lucky as to pick a team who are about to get a sugar daddy new owner? Is this why people delve into the real lower league management side of the game and get so fanatical about it? Well...... no. The takeover completed, and after 2 weeks in charge, one friendly win and 7 free transfer signings I'm SACKED! Because the new board want to bring in their own man!! Gutted. I've since been holidaying the game for a while applying for every available job but only get offered Spanish "B" teams which I don't like the idea of or English league 2 teams who I have no interest in managing. A game that started so promisingly has turned into a real waste of time!
  21. I'm not usually very vocal on these forums, but wanted to add my voice to those saying that I have paid for what is now MY game, a third-party bit of software should never tell me that MY game is unavailable, but that's what i'm getting right now. I'm yet to see any benefits from using Steam. I'm about to try this 'verfiy the cache' fix now once i find it in the FAQ - a link might have been nice chaps, this is the internet after all, it can't be too hard.
  22. Just had probably my most satisfying result as Newcastle boss so far and felt compelled to share it. I'm a few months into my second season now, i've been finding it tricky to fit my new signings into the team and formation,have been struggling with injuries to Wilfried and Ba (and Ben Arfa as usual), and results have been inconsistent, but suddenly, Wilfried came back from injury and this happened... Newcastle 5 - 0 Chelsea Wilfried (3) Gibson Fierro I only signed Gibson on a free to bolster my home-grown quota for Europe but he scored a screamer, Wilfried was unstoppable, and Fierro came on as a late sub and was deadly. He's been a great signing for £1m + add ons, 9 goals in 16 starts in all competitions. And to top that result off, Villas Boas got sacked right after (lol) and i'm apparently in the running with Gullit and Eriksen to get the job
  23. Have reached 1st March in my first season now, and things are still going well. With further injury to Ben Arfa, Tiote at the African Nations, Ku Ja-Cheol seemingly always away with Korea and offloading Guthrie i had to do some frantic strengthening in the January window where i signed Diame (1.2m) from Wigan and took a bit of a punt on Silvestre Varela on loan from Porto for a fee of £350k. Both have worked out pretty well so far. Since my last update i've beaten Arsenal 3-0 in the league, beaten Chelsea on away goals in the League Cup semis (1-1H and 2-2A), and finally, come from 1-0 and 2-1 down in the League Cup Final to beat Man City 3-2. Admittedly i got a little lucky with the team City played, was pretty 50/50 with reserves and regulars but i'm still well pleased. I'm still sat 2nd in the League, 5 points behind Chelsea and 3 ahead of United. But most importantly, 10 points clear of 5th placed Man City. Could i really get in the Champions League? I've also sewn up end of contract deals for Guardado (doesn't look as immense in FM12 as in previous, but should improve my squad) and Ricardo Kishna, a promising youngster from Ajax.
  24. Half Season Update I have the day off work, i've just reached the end of 2011 in my Newcastle save so i thought i'd do a "half season report"... Transfers I struggled to find the players i wanted in the summer transfer window, I was really pleased with capturing Alderweireld and Wilfried, but i kept missing out on full back and midfield cover, hence why i ended up with the load signings of Labyad and Lucas Digne. However, when needed both of them have performed pretty well. I've just brought in Ka Ju-Cheol and he's had a pretty average first couple of games, but apparently he'll be great for overseas merchandising and i'm confident his performances will improve. There haven't been too many departures so far, i tried everything to get rid of Alan Smith but to no avail. There's no regrets at all with those i let go and there's interest in a few more in my squad in the January transfer window and i can see me letting go of Williamson and Lovenkrands (although he'll likely go for free at the end of the season). I'd like to move on Marveaux as well, he's been absolutely dire for me. He hasn't had many games, but that's because everytime he plays he has a shocker. I'll be looking for more quality at full back and on the wings in this transfer window. Squad I've been playing a pretty standard 4-4-2 in most games, switching to a 4-1-4-1 with an anchor man, and occasionally pushing the wingers on in trick away games and against the top teams. My back four is pretty settled with Coloccini and Alderweireld at centre back performing brilliantly. Centre midfield has been strong too, with Tiote and Cabaye doing great things, but i've really been lacking any kind of backup there, Guthrie doesn't cut it and Gosling gets injured all the time. Labyad has done ok there, but i'm hoping Ja-Cheol will 'step up'. On the wings i've mainly used Obertan/Labyad and Gutierrez, but i could do with some more quality here. Up front, Ba and Wilfried have done great, not exactly been goal machines, my squad has shared the goals around nicely, but usually one of them plays well even if the other doesn't. And Ba does brilliantly as a lone target man in those tricky away games. The main disappointment has been Ben Arfa, he returned from his injury, played a couple of games and picked up another injury and was out for 6 weeks. Came back from that for a few games and got another injury for 3-4 months. I may just sell him once he's fit again, cut my losses. Results I can't quite believe the results i've had to be honest. I haven't strengthened my squad particularly, and i'm not using any kind of "wonder" tactic, just a 4-4-2 or 4-1-4-1. And yet, i lost only 1 game, disappointingly at West Brom. My results against the big sides have been exceptional: 1-0 away win at Arsenal 3-2 away win at Arsenal (in League Cup) 1-0 home win vs Liverpool 1-1 home draw vs Man Utd 3-1 home win vs Tottenham 1-1 draw away at Chelsea 2-0 home win vs Man City Admittedly i still have Spurs, City, Utd and Liverpool to play away which will be tricky, but still i'm well pleased! These results have left me second in the table on 44 points, 2 behind Chelsea and 5 ahead of Arsenal. I'm hopeful for a Europa League place at the very least. I'm in the Semis of the League Cup against Chelsea which i'm pessimistic about i have to say, and i've just beaten Millwall in the 3rd round of the League Cup. I have also just lost my second game of the season away to Villa, with a shocker of a performance. Future I'm looking to bring in quality on wings but i'm struggling with wage demands. Urby Emanuelson became available and was just what i was looking for, but i couldn't afford him - i may have a stab at Shaqiri instead. I keep checking to see if my board wants to negotiate a cheeky transfer for Tevez, but they don't seem to have the ambition! And lastly, amusingly, Andy Carroll is unsettled at Liverpool and transfer listed. Liverpool offered him to me for........ £60m. Er....... how about no?
  25. For a midfield/forward thinking utility player i'd recommend Zakaria Labyad from PSV. It's only early days in my Newcastle save but he's performed well in CM, MR, AMC and AMR for me so far when needed. I picked him up on a season long loan for only £375k and wages of £3,400 p/w so should leave you plenty of budget left. His attributes are improving across the board already too after only a few months of the season.
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