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  1. I'm loving this thread, and we're still not even half-way through! I'm looking forward into how the different tactical ideas are implemented into FM especially the High, Medium and Low Block as I don't think the current tactics creator is specific enough in how to implement them.
  2. I've stopped playing the save that had Neymar, however, I've been using the shape with Van Persie and Kagawa. I've only really altered the tactical settings of the front three to favour a more possession-based build up compared to the more counter-attacking set-up I had before,(Check the post above your last one). Those changes were about going more neutral i.e neutral mentalities, neutral player instructions etc, and to allow more creative freedom whilst lowering the team width and tempo. Basically the plan is to allow Rooney, Kagawa and Van Persie to be fluid, close together and on the same
  3. Yeah, the tactic could definitely be used with a fluid front three of Rooney, Kagawa and Van Persie. However, those three would play probably in an almost complete different style to that of the Ronaldo-Rooney-Tevez trio. Those three were all about playing direct, attacking football and about catching the opposition out on quick counter-attacks. This season, its been clearly evident that Kagawa has changed Utd into more of a short-passing, possession-based side. So far, Utd have played patiently against deep defences such as Everton and Fulham, and have looked to control possession in the opp
  4. The reason for this thread is to generate discussion rather than for uploading/downloading a tactic. However, the main team and player instructions are outlined in the OP. I did make a few changes though: I changed the starting strategy to attacking and changed the tempo to default. I upped Evra's mentality to 15 so that he would look to overlap and get beyond Neymar. This helps out Neymar because Evra's overlapping runs act as a decoy and allow him to cut inside. I reduced the width by 2 notches. I upped Banega's mentality to 14 and his creative freedom to 16. This is because out of
  5. I would say that signing a player like Neymar was absolutely crucial to the system as he's someone that can play through the middle as well as on the outside. Nani/Welbeck don't have the specific attributes, in my opinion, to fill out the "Ronaldo" role. The player needs to be able to score 20+ goals a season from a wide position and I don't think they're capable of it. I went with Nani on the right because he offers more versatlilty as he can cut inside and can play on either flank. Ideally, I would want a left-footer with great vision/playmaking ability to fill out the "Giggs" role - someo
  6. I haven't tried Young or Nani in the "Ronaldo" role because, IMO, I don't think they carry enough of a goal scoring threat for me to trust them in that role. However, I'm not saying that it won't work, it's just that it's a key part of the attack and it needs a special player to fill it out. For my save, I've been thinking about signing Kagawa in the next window and shifting Rooney to the deep-lying forward role. I think FM Kagawa has the attributes to be a very good inside forward, albeit for a lack of creativity. Plus, he can play across the AM strata so offers the ability to change positio
  7. What players are you using to fill out the roles, in particular the "Ronaldo" role?
  8. Yeah that's the main reason I stay interested with FM. If I'm watching a game on TV I'm always looking at each team's style and wondering how I’d incorporate it into FM and what the settings would be etc. Well I haven't come across a team that have caused me any serious issues defensively yet. I have more of an issue when it comes to defending my left flank but stationing Neymar higher up the pitch when defending is a deliberate ploy. I don't want him defending too much, instead, I want him to be a few yards higher up the pitch and be in a position to launch a counter-attack. So you coul
  9. I've updated the analysis section bit for those interested.
  10. Thanks. I hope to have some of the analysis up later today.
  11. As I mentioned earlier, the two-deep lying playmakers - Carrick and Banega - were allowed plenty of time on the ball and this is evident when you look at their passing figures. They completed more passes than anyone else and at a very high %. One issue, however, was that Neymar only attempted 17 passes which was far too low for him to have had much of an impact on the game. Preferably, I would want him to make at least double that amount. I could do so by maybe adopting a shorter passing approach, narrowing the width, making him my playmaker, focusing the ball down the flanks, slowing the te
  12. Opening game of the season - Norwich City Away After a busy pre-season, it was time to start the season off with a bang. The players were excited, the fans were excited and the manager was excited. First up was Norwich City. Norwich lined up in a 4-4-2 with two defensive-midfielders. Instantly, I seen that my set-up had an advantage over them as my two deep-lying playmakers would have ample space and time to pick any pass that they wished. I expected to dominate possession and for my two playmakers to be constantly dictating play. In this shot you can where my set-up resembles a prett
  13. Neymar This is the “Ronaldo” role. The only thing I want to instruct Neymar to do is to run with the ball. Everything else I want him to decide what is the best option. He isn’t quite at Ronaldo’s level yet so I want him to play as someone that finds space and cuts inside in a more play-making role. When he improves his goal-threat I might up his mentality, creative-freedom and runs-from-deep to make him a more out-and-out goalscorer. Strategy I feel the control strategy is the best strategy to begin with. Although Manchester United has always been an attacking team, they usually never
  14. Nani This is supposed to be the “Giggsy” role but he plays nothing like Giggs so there’s no point in trying to shoe-horn him into that role. Instead he operates as a natural winger that takes people on and gets crosses in, but he also has the option to come inside and link-up if he wants to. Banega Banega acts as a deep-lying playmaker in the “Scholsey role”. He has less creative freedom than the front four and looks to play a more restrained approach by simply picking the passes to more attack-minded players ahead of him, but he can play the occasional adventurous pass if it’s on. Car
  15. The system at a closer look So now I had the system I wanted to use and the players I needed to make it work. All I needed to do now was put my theory into practice. During the 2007-2008 campaign, I was only 14 years old and the height of my tactical understanding of this Manchester United team was that they played 4-4-2. In a way I was correct but it was much more than just a 4-4-2. It was - when I look back at it now - the most ingenious and elegant 4-4-2 that I’ve ever seen. (I might have a slight bias being a Man Utd fan!) The formation is best described as unorthodox or asymmetric. W
  16. In the Beginning My first season with Manchester Utd had just finished. I had won the league title by beating Liverpool 1-0 at Old Trafford on the last day of the season and on that day the top of the table was extremely tight. The top six had ended the season separated by just only 10 points and I knew going into the summer that I had to improve the squad if I wanted more silverware. I had inherited a Sir Alex Ferguson side that was using an orthodox 4-4-2 - a system that I would carry on using - but a year had passed and it was now time to make my mark on this team. The system I wanted to
  17. Introduction What I’ll be going through is how I decided upon the system I wanted to use and how I implemented it. The first thing I had to do though was choose a system, one that would be the basis for my club’s success. This was probably the most important step I’d have to make so I had to get it right. As I'm a Manchester Utd fan, it was only natural that I’d have a preference towards their attacking brand of football and that they’d be the team I’d choose to base my system on. Now, Sir Alex Ferguson has built a few teams over the years and has used different systems to go with the player
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