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  1. It’s easy to forget just how good Rooney was back then. Pretty much the complete footballer.
  2. I do sometimes wish Bruno would play in a deeper role in real life like you have him here. His work rate and technical ability would make him a brilliant no.8, and be a much more effective way of getting him and Pogba or VDB in the same starting 11.
  3. I think the difference between what @Jambo98did and what I think @crusadertsaris looking to do is that Jambo used a 4-5-1 shape and changed player roles to achieve different variations, whereas this thread shows how you can move one or two players to achieve a different formation. Both perfectly valid, but quite different.
  4. I’ve been thinking about the video that @themadsheep2001posted, and the bit towards the end where Fergie said he wanted the team to attack with pace, power, penetration and unpredictability. Copying the 07/08 team is really hard because of the particular players that the team had - there’s not many Ronaldo’s or Rooney’s about! And the flexibility of the formation is difficult to copy in FM (especially the positional switching between the front 3). But I’ve been thinking about how you might take these principles and apply them. I suppose there’s a few things you need. Deeper for
  5. Great read. It was a long time ago, and therefore I might be mis-remembering, but I always thought the second formation - used in tougher games, especially in Europe, was more of a 4-1-4-1. Carrick would usually be the DM, with two 'runners' either side - usually Anderson and Fletcher. Either Rooney or Ronaldo would play upfront, with the other wide, and Park or Nani would be the other winger. The other really interesting thing about this side was how it evolved during the 3 seasons. In 06/07 it was a 4-4-2, with Saha (or Larsson) upfront with Rooney and Ronaldo more of a winger. By
  6. Great work. Surprised there hasn't been more interest in this, based on the number of people asking for this very thing from Ozil over the years...
  7. If I remember correctly, in much older versions of the game you’d get players punching each other. I have memories of the text commentary saying “he’s gone berserk”.
  8. It's what people have called Solskjaer. He was my first thought when I was reading your post.
  9. Great stuff. Been trying to implement something similar on FM17, but have used a asymmetric 4-4-1-1 with the AM and CF offset (the CF on the side of the WMa, the AM on the side of the Ws). You should be careful playing like this though. You’ll get lots of people saying that you’re a “PE teacher” and need to be a better coach that focuses on “patterns of play”
  10. Do you find that the positioning of the wide attacker influences how much the wingbacks get forward @Ö-zil to the Arsenal!? I’ve noticed that with a support duty wide player in the M strata, the wingback doesn’t get as far forward. Presumably because there isn’t enough space.
  11. I'm playing FM17 on the new M1 Mac Mini. I'd just finished a season so not played any games but the general loading and navigation is so quick and smooth. Not heard the fan at any point (not just on FM, but doing anything - this thing is a beast of a machine for the price). I did come across an issue last night though. It opened in windowed mode, and the window was quite small - too small to play. Each time I tried to resize the window (either manually, or by clicking 'enter full screen' on the application window, it would crash. The only way I could make it work was to change the di
  12. Not sure 'narrow' makes any difference to overlaps, especially if the winger is playing narrow in front. Fergie's teams almost always attacked with width in the final third.
  13. My interpretation would be: GK (d) RB: FB (s) Centre backs: CB (d) LB: FB (a)/WB (s) RCM: CM (d) LCM: DLP (s) LM: WM (s) - sit narrow, cut inside, roaming AMR: IF (a)/RD (a) - narrow, roaming RCF: DLF (a) - roaming LCF: CF (s) - roaming A few notes: For the centre-backs, there's no need for a stopper/cover combo - a Ferdinand-type player will cover by default, and a Vidic-type defender will act as a stopper by default The centre mids would change depending on personnel. Hargreaves and Fletcher were more like BWMs or CM
  14. Bruno also moves into the channels a lot to create overloads with the wide players.
  15. I enjoyed this, partly because some of the concepts you are trying to use are similar to mine. I'm still on FM17 but managing United and have a similar-ish setup: fast attacking football with a medium-block so as to create space to attack on the transition. I am currently going for: GK: D RB: CWB (s) CBs: BPD (d) - I have two excellent passers and find that they can sometimes launch a counter with their more direct passing LB: FB (a) RCM: DLP (s) LCM: CM (d) AMR: W (s) AMC: AM (s) - roam, move into channels AML: IF (a) - sit narrow, roam C
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