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  1. Thanks for all your advice so far guys! I think I'll keep things broadly the same (as @Experienced Defendersays, I am top and winning!) but try to refine it based on the feedback @Johnny Ace and @Ugeine have given. I'll give the below a try (removing the overlap left TI because, as @Ugeine points out that might be making me one dimensional) DLFa IWs SSa IFs BWMd APs WBs BPDd DCd FBs SK Dan James has been having a decent season for me as a right winger so if he plays instead of Greenwood that'll let me change Rashford to a IFs and give me a different outlet on the right hand side. I'll switch Pogba back to an AP so I have a playmaker in the team but switch him to the right side of centre so he doesn't compete for space with the BPD, WB and IW.
  2. Thanks Johnny, I can understand that. When I play Luke Shaw at LB he's a FBs but I use Telles as a more attacking option to try and provide overlapping runs on the left to try and create an overload. I can see how that's making the left hand side chaotic though. I went with a WBd on the right to try and create width as I'm not playing with a winger. Last season Pogba was an APa but he wasn't tracking back and with no DM I wanted to provide some more midfield cover so have experimented with a Mezzala (although he isn't playing as well this season). Would switching to 2 full-backs (S on left and D on right), changing Pogba to APs or DLPs and Fernandez to a pivot role (maybe back to Enganche?) Provide some more balance? I see that giving me 2 CMs who sit a bit deeper to allow me to recycle possession with an AM who can act as my creative spark to play through balls to me AF, RMD and IW
  3. Morning all, I'm hoping for a bit of help with my 4-2-3-1 tactic at Manchester United. Teams are naturally setting up very defensively against me (I hate teams playing with 3 centre-backs!) and although I'm winning games I don't look like I'm firing. I'm completely dominating the opposition but only managing to win 1-0, 2-0. I can see that there is something wrong with my tactic watching it in the game (players dribbling the ball into congested areas rather than playing a through ball to space or switching play) but despite tweaking my plan I can't seem to fix it. What I am trying to do with this tactic is create movement in the final third. My striker is off centre to try and leave space for my SS and RMD. I have Harry Kane as well (currently injured) who I brought to work as a DLF in this tactic to drop a bit deeper, again to open space for my SS. I used this tactic last season as well and instead of a SS I used an Enganche to act as a pivot and provide a release if the penalty area got congested but that wasn't working for me this season as, being a static role, he kept getting marked out of the game. I've attached my tactic, any help would be appreciated! My next game is the League Cup Q/F against Lincoln City which seems like the perfect game to experiment in.
  4. Just a quick question with regards to half time team talks. How do I talk to players I am substituting on? I give my half-time team talk then go to the tactics screen to make some substitutions but my only option then seems to be to start the second half? Is there a way to go back to the team talk screen to talk to the players in bringing on?
  5. Thanks guys, I've incorporated your advice and the tactic is now much more pleasing on the eye and there is more penetration (17 shots, 8 on target, 4 clear cut chances). Still drew the game 0-0 but that was down to some very strange decisions by the players (drilling shots wide when a team mate was in acres of space and heading the ball over the bar when unmarked on the edge of the 6 yard box!). Having looked at the bugs forum there seem to be a number of ME issues that I'm seeing in the game that are flagged under review (poor player ratings and player decision making mainly) so hopefully when the full patch comes out things will click. We definitely have more penetration now though!
  6. Hi guys, I've been an avid FMer for some15 years now and have never posted asking for tactical help before but am finding FM20 tough, particularly after the latest ME update. I had recently started a new save with Manchester United to try and build a young and attacking team based on British players. Pre-season went well and I had developed 2 tactics that were playing some good football. 2 games in to the new season the ME was updated and now I can't get them working for me! My style of play is based on possession with intent. Teams will obviously sit deep and defend narrow against Manchester United so I'm trying to build a system based on a faster tempo with movement in the attacking 3rd to create space. So far its been very inconsistent and while I'm getting decent possession and passing stats I'm not making any clear cut or even half chances. My attacking players are getting ratings of around 6.6 and below while my midfield players are also struggling to make an impact. The main issues I face are: 1. I get the ball wide by my wide players kick the ball straight in to the legs of the defender, on the rare occasion they do get the ball in to the box its headed way over the bar. 2. When my players get the ball on the edge of the area they invariably have their back ot gaol and recycle possession back in to the midfield allowing the opposition to regroup. 3. In the final third I'm not seeing enough movement to open up space On the positive side, defensively I look reasonably solid and at times I have seen the kind of build-up and attacking play I want suggesting I'm not a million miles off. We build from the back quite nicely, spread the play from side to side but it normally ends up in the wide positions where a full-back of winger kicks the ball straight in to a defenders legs. I'm not sure how to take a screenshot and post it on here (as mentioned above, never felt the need to ask for help through the forum before!) but my tactic is as per the below: Mentality - Positive In Possession - Shorter Passing, Play Out Of Defence, Low Crosses, Higher tempo, Fairly Narrow In Transition - Distribute to Playmaker, Distribute Quickly, Counter, Counter-Press Out of Possession - Higher DL, Higher LoE, Prevent Short GK Distribution, Use Tighter Marking Formation - Asymmetric 4-5-1 (no individual player instructions ~~~~~~~~F9(s)~~~~~~~~ IW(a)~~~~~~~~AM(s)~~~ ~~~~DLP(s)~~~~~~~~W(s) ~~~~~~~DM(s)~~~~~~~~ FB(s)~BPD(d)~BPD(c)~FB(a) ~~~~~~~~SK(s)~~~~~~~~ In possession I added the Fairly Narrow instruction to try and reduce the amount of crosses as possession in the wide areas of the attacking third is generally wasted anyway. What I'm hoping for is the F9 to drop in the hole and open up space for my IW and AM to make runs forward. The width comes form my two FBs and my DLP should be sitting deeper to provide an option to recycle deep if the space doesn't materialise. In case its relevant the players in my Best XI formation are: SK - de Gea FB - Luke Shaw BPD - Harry Maguire BPD - Victor Lindelof FR - Aaron wan Bissaka DM - Declan Rice DLP - Paul Pogba W - Daniel James IW - Marcus Rashford AM - James Maddision F9 - Anthony Martial Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I am one very frustrated virtual manager!
  7. Hi guys, I'm struggling to get my head around the touchline shouts at the moment and how I should be using them this year. It seems that whenever I encourage or praise players they get 'frustrated by feedback' and telling them "no pressure" seems to result in them being 'overwhelmed by feedback'. On the other hand, demand more and show some passion always results in a positive response (fired up or focussed). I've experiment over the past couple of games in a number of different match scenarios (chasing a game, leading, putting pressure on etc..) and with players in various body language states and with different ratings but can't seem to crack it! Does anyone have any tips? Ta ALS
  8. A self motivated suggestion from me I'm afraid! I'm a match official with the PGMOL (the referees who do the National League and above in England) and it was always an ambition of mine to get my name in the database as a referee when I started out some 14 years ago(!). The way the refereeing system works in England now is that from the National League and above they introduced specialist pathways so essentially the referees only referee and the assistant referees only run the line (as opposed to refereeing in a lower division such as the Isthmian or Southern League). As I am a specialist assistant referee that unfortunately means I wont be added to the game database. My request is two fold, firstly can SI expand the database of referees so on a match day you can also see who the assistant referees and 4th official are (if getting names is an issue I can probably help with that, pretty please!!). Aside from stroking my own ego I think it would be a nice touch to see the referees listed. Secondly, could referees have attributes that become visible the more you have them (I'm thinking use of advantage, foul detection, man-management, strictness) as these are all things I'm sure clubs pick-up on. They remember us one game to another and you do see subtle changes in tactics sometime depending on who the referee is (i.e. when you have a referee that generally gives more fouls you'll see teams being less assertive compared to when they have a referee who tends to let the game flow more). Similar attributes could be added for the assistant refereeing element (offside decision making, foul detection etc...) and for the fourth officials (man-managements probably being the key one which may then open up a feature in the future where its possible to be removed from the touchline where a fourth official's man-management will influence how likely it is that you've over stepped the mark). I hope that makes sense! I'm sure it wont be to everybody's taste but it might add a slightly different element to the game going forward.
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