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  1. Welcome to my first real tactic thread! Although Manchester United are my favourite team, I've always found that I need some sort of theme or tactical idea to work towards to stick with a save past about 6 months. Last year I decided to finally embrace the Target Man in a 433, so this year I was looking for something different. 442 was the go-to for one of United's biggest periods of dominance (1993-2001), and one of the best teams of recent years that I haven't seen a replication of was Leonardo Jardim's title-winning Monaco team, who also played a 442. An article positing Jardim as the next manager of Manchester United was enough to get me to work. Sources http://outsideoftheboot.com/2017/09/19/tactical-philosophy-leonardo-jardim/ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/05/03/four-simple-tactics-monaco-do-exceptionally/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPnDLpaDUWc&t=4s https://thebusbybabe.sbnation.com/2018/11/30/18120032/the-next-manager-of-manchester-united-leonardo-jardim This is the line-up I'm basing my recreation on: From the sources listed I came up with these ideas to aim for in my tactic: - Out of possession using quite a tight marking scheme, defending narrowly, with CMs sometimes even dropping on to the opposition strikers. - Falcao's off the ball movement being key, opening up space for Mbappe who roams around picking up the ball to run at defenders. - Wingers often being quite narrow in the build-up, with very offensive full backs willing to get forward on the outside (or occasionally inside) - CMs taking it turns to get forward, and in the build-up one dropping into defence to bring the ball forward. - A willingness to recycle possession in defence until space opens up for a long diagonal to start an attack. - A focus on set pieces: in the first four games of 2017-18 they scored 14 goals, 10 from set pieces. The Tactic The wide roles I was uncertain about and the in the end I just looked at Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar on the game and concluded that Wide Playmaker and Winger with players given similar traits would be the best way to replicate them. Likewise with the CMs I considered one HB and one SV, or one DLP and one BBM, before settling on two SVs and relying on the intelligence of my expensively acquired midfielders to sort it out amongst themselves. I try to have only one of Pogba and Gedson Fernandes on the field at the same time as they both have the "Gets Into Opposition Area" trait. The duty of the full backs was another issue - At was too offensive, Su too defensive so I settled on Su with Overlap to get a mentality approximately halfway between the two. The CDs are given personalised instructions - the combos tend to be BPD-De - BPD-Co, BPD-De-BPD-St, BPD-Co-BPD-St or BPD-De-BPD-De. I'm not promising this will work with every team, I've spent £400m over three transfer windows but the results were good - Premier League and Champions League winners in the first season despite missing Alexis Sanchez for 6 months. Early season 2 this is the squad: Player Traits In preparation for this tactic I loaded up my research save (All leagues loaded, large database, no attribute masking, will never press continue as it will kill my laptop) and got all of the XI from the Tifo Football graphic at the top's traits and footedness. I'd try to mould my players towards these archetypes, but make exceptions (not that keen on all of Fabinho and Bakayoko's traits, and I like to have a spare CM with no traits and a versatile wide player with traits applicable to both RM and LM). Bold are the ones I think are essential. GK (Subasic): none RB (Sidibe): Runs With Ball Down Right / Gets Forward Whenever Possible / Plays One-Twos / Knocks Ball Past Opponent CB (Glik): Marks Opponent Tightly / Dives Into Tackles / Runs With Ball Rarely CB (Jemerson): Marks Opponent Tightly / Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble LB (Mendy): Runs With Ball Down Left / Gets Forward Whenever Possible / Plays One-Twos / Avoids Using Weaker Foot RM (Bernardo Silva): Gets Into Opposition Area / Comes Deep To Get Ball / Dictates Tempo / Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble / Dives Into Tackles / Cuts Inside From Both Wings / Runs With Ball Often RCM (Fabinho): Gets Into Opposition Area / Plays One-Twos / Knocks Ball Past Opponent / Tries To Play Way Out Of Trouble / Tries Long Range Passes LCM (Bakayoko): Plays Short Simple Passes / Shoots With Power / Does Not Dive Into Tackles LM (Lemar): Gets Into Opposition Area / Shoots From Distance / Curls Ball / Cuts Inside From Both Wings / Runs With Ball Often RST (Falcao): Places Shots / Curls Ball / Attempts Overhead Kicks / Tries First Time Shots LST (Mbappe): Curls Ball / Cuts Inside From Both Wings / Runs With Ball Often Set Pieces Credit where credit's due: I don't make my own set pieces because whilst I enjoy scoring off them I don't enjoy thinking about them much. I use these setups, adapted to my own players: https://strikerless.com/2018/11/05/corner-kicks-in-fm19/ https://strikerless.com/2018/11/19/defending-corners-and-other-set-pieces/ The long throw setup posted on that site is also really good, but I simply don't have anyone good at taking them. I can't access the set piece stats from the first season, but in the current season we've scored 28 goals in 9 games, 4 from Corners, 3 from Direct Free Kicks and 1 from an Indirect Free kick. The total is likely higher than the stats show, given I don't think it counts as a goal from a corner if it isn't literally the first touch off the corner that goes in (i.e. if someone heads the corner back across goal for a team-mate to finish it doesn't count as a corner goal). Save Progress For the attempt with this tactic before I broke my laptop and the ME was updated, as well as any extras I posted check out the Manchester United team thread. But I'll link my season summaries here so people can see how the tactic has worked out. Season 1 Season 2
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