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    FM18: Man Utd - Awaken the Sleeping Devil 👹 !

    Well, this is what I'm lining up as: GK: De Gea DR: Valencia (FB/A) DL: Shaw (FB/S) DC: Bailly (CB/D) DC: Jones (CB/D) MR: Sanchez (W/S) MC: Matic (CM/D) MC: Pogba (DLP/S) AML: Martial (IF/A) AMC: Mata (T/A) FWD: Lukaku (AF/A) Usually serves me quite well, that attack might seem too aggressive but I've always considered the Treq to be a 'support' role... It's basically a 4-2-3-1 in attack. I do have one issue with the formation though, I dislike the right wing and have been unable to solve it for three versions of FM now. W/FB just seem to end up too close together rather than dynamically supporting each other. I've adjusted the roles a few times, but nothing really sticks in terms of getting it to work better than it could be. Just one of those things really. In the end I elected Bailly and Jones as my pairing, based on the key attributes. Bailley was the best overall, followed by Jones whose weakness is his jumping. Smalling was superb attribute wise but lacks in concentration. Rojo was hit with concentration and jumping issues, and I already covered Lindelof. I am a huge stickler for concentration in my defenders, I've had too many goals conceded from a defender switching off. I've started the game with transfer windows switched off, so hopefully my next post is in January with some success.
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    In your opinion, handball or not?

    Assuming this is for the World Cup Final? As a referee myself, yes I'd give that. Having said that; On the refereeing forums I hang out on, opinion is mostly split. There's a lot of discussion on the need to improve the wording of the handball offence and the fact that the offence is being punished inconsistently.
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    FM18: Man Utd - Awaken the Sleeping Devil 👹 !

    Ouch! I think attribute-wise he's much more balanced than Martial - his vision in particular is impressive. I'll have to tinker with it and see if I use Sanchez when I need more creativity and Martial when I need more direct threat perhaps. True. I'm considering shifting Sanchez out right-wing, so Martial can run riot on the left. Lindelhof's lack of heading and jumping height bothers me for a central defender, but he looks so well-rounded in other areas I'm considering re-training him to replace Matic in the future as the holding midfielder. And don't get me started on where to play Fellaini! :P
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    FM18: Man Utd - Awaken the Sleeping Devil 👹 !

    Well, I booted a save but I haven't done anything yet. I re-created my 4-4-1-1 with an AML IF. Aaaannnd... well, thanks to Mr. Mourinho I'm now trying to work out how to fit one of Martial, Sanchez or Rashford in that position. And of course, Lukaku is there and is a bit too good not to use as the striker. On the plus side, Mata is still ever so slightly over-rated - his attributes are phenomenal, let's be honest. He makes a mean Trequartisa. Also slightly disturbed that the best defensive pairing on average is roughly Bailey and Smalling (or Jones).
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    Too many roles / role similarity

    I suggest as a great guide to what each role does. That guide is just fantastic overall anyway, but you do need to experiment and watch the roles yourself at some point to work out the differences. I think Cleon covers the newer roles in one of the sticky topics around here too.
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    Player unhappy, but can't speak to him. Why?

    But if I think his attitude stinks, I don't want his attitude stinking up the U23's where my youth prospects are. So, it would be nice to have the nuclear option. Plus, it would let me roleplay the authoritarian manager that says 'my way or the highway.' I'm all for more options to resolve, or escalate situations.
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    Poll: How many seasons do you play before quitting?

    2-3 seasons. Five at most recently. To be fair, I don't really have the motivation to play the game much anymore. It takes too long to get going thesedays, which is a major factor.
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    Player unhappy, but can't speak to him. Why?

    At least give us the option to tell him to no longer come in. He stays home, thereby not disrupting the squad as much. He can come back when his attitude improves or he's open to conversation. Alternatively he can stay home until he's transferred. :P
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    FM19 new player roles?

    Fellaini basically?
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    FM18: Man Utd - Awaken the Sleeping Devil 👹 !

    Yep, 2.5-3 star players at United will usually be Premier League level if you've got a world beater squad assembled. So if you do end up with a 4-5star player, you better be quick in training that guy cos he's probably the next Ronaldo. Anyway I'm tempted to play a United file. I had Martial scoring 50+ per season as the CF in a 4-4-1-1 in FM17 (or 16 I forget), but if I start up a new file I'd want to be getting the 4-3-2-1 to work (As in, 4-4-1-1 with AML as an inside forward). I just dread clearing out that staff list though...
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    What's the point of data analysis?

    I guess it's only useful if you have a clue about how to use those statistics and details. If you don't, you're just going to be grasping in the dark at best, or making the wrong assumptions from the data presented at worst.
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    Exotic Roles and player suitability

    Huh? The generic roles are wonderful roles...
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    Tactical Challenges #2: TIs and PIs

    Haha, not for me. I win this challenge by default I think! My standard go-to is a 4-4-1-1, standard, flexible. The only PI is the goalkeeper's distribution. Nothing else. Always over-performs for me. I still have my last FM18 save knocking about, where I've taken West Ham into the Europa League - I missed out on the Champions League by a point (or goal difference, can't remember.) Curiously, I noticed that I could have used that save for the poacher challenge - Alas, I switched between AF and P up top, and unfortunately Hernandez was an awful poacher for me in the system - His decision making and eventually injuries let him down. I did have more success with Sakho who netted, I think 12 in that file. Still, needs improvement really.
  14. It technically exists in the game now with the strength/weakness section on the tactical creator. But the thing is, the ratings are going to be subjective and will need to be taken with a massive pinch of salt, as even a 96% rated formation will suffer defeats if the wrong players are used within that framework.
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    Unrealistic board expectations

    Shouldn't the two be completely separate? I'm for sure, going to tell the board we need to avoid relegation next season, but I'm certainly going to push the lads to go for mid-table or something. :P I don't expect the players and the chairman to be collaborating on expectations for my job. :P
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