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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
  2. I've started a career as manager of Man Utd but I've noticed my Reserve team are not doing so well. I understand that they will mirror my first team tactics (which are working well for my first team) yet the Reserves are almost bottom of their league. Has anyone else noticed this as this isn't the first save I have had where this has been an issue? At a club like Utd you'd think the Reserves would be doing well. I've even allowed some of my first team squad to play for them but the results still aren't what you would expect. Any advice appreciated. Thanks.
  3. Has anyone been able to create a tactic yet that mimics how Utd are now playing under Solskjaer, there has been a bit more of a sample size in terms of games so interested to see what wiser minds from this forum's take on it. Also would be interested if anyone has come up with what you might call a "tradition Man Utd" tactic. Solskjaer coming back into the club has led to a lot of comments about Utd being back playing in their traditional manner with Gary Neville saying "No one should ever be allowed to enter Manchester United Football Club ever again and adopt a different philosophy to the one the club has." I would class Utd's tradition as quick/fast attacking play with wingers and width played by younger players with flair and no fear. Perhaps the classic Utd tactic and the Solskjaer tactic are one in the same but I would always associate Classic Utd with a 442, flying wingers and attacking full backs. It would have a striker that drops off the front ala Cantona/Yorke/Sheringham. Where's Ole's tactic is a 433 with Lingard roaming on the right, Matrial cutting inside on the left, width being provided by the full backs and Pogba given a lot of licence to get forward from centre midfield. Anyway enough of me rambling on, has anyone been able to create anything such as the above? If so, could you share or direct me to where i can see it? (I'm sure that if anyone has created something similar, then they will want to create/or will have already create a thread of their own)
  4. Hi! So I've just started a new save with my team, United. Was given £90 million which is a decent amount but not amazing in terms of buying quality players. So my main goal was signing young players on cheap deals and improving overall squad depth, as I know the injuries are quite frankly overkill in this game. But I need some help in regards to how I set up my squad, I wanna try a 4-1-2-3, with one holding midfielder there to provide cover for the attacking left back, Shaw or Tierney. However most of my players are box to box midfielders and/or playmakers, which perhaps suits a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. My right wing options aren't great, Jesse Lingard and Jesus Corona being the two natural ones, Sanchez might play there, but I wanna use Martial on the left a lot, as an Inside Forward on Attack Duty. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get any good CB options, so I'm stuck with the current five, three of which are incredibly injury prone and another is Smalling. I like a CD (S) with a BPD (C) combination, reminiscent of Vidic and Ferdinand respectively. In the last few years I've always favoured direct wing play, but with a previous save that got yeeted, the approach was very inconsistent, and my midfielders, unless they scored, got **** poor ratings for some reason, as well as one of my two fullbacks getting a 6.2 more often than not. Feel like I wanna use the playmaking abilities of the likes of Pogba, Bentancur etc. (Mata was shocking in the previous save and I kinda intend to sell him on for some money) in the midfield, to play balls over the top to guys like Martial, Rashford, Sanchez etc. Perhaps Lingard as a 10 could work, with Pogba as the Mezzala, Bentancur as the deep playmaker, and someone like Fred or Herrera being the box to box. So yeah, what roles, formations and tactical approaches would you recommend? Cheers xo
  5. I want to recreate these three tactics from the 07/08 season, but I struggle with tactical knowledge so I need some help. Tactical analysis Cheers! P.S. If someone has created all three of the tactics, a link is appreciated
  6. Welcome to my brand new Football Manager 2018 save with Manchester United Legends edition. So with FM19 around the corner and new legends database, what to do let's mess with them and see if we can relive those glory days. First Episode got the introduction and UEFA super cup between Manchester United legends vs Real Madrid Legends. https://youtu.be/PEZuOtwaZss
  7. Welcome To The Manchester United 2017 Team Thread Club Details Team Name: Manchester United Nickname: The Red Devils Year Founded: 1878 President: Ed Woodward Current Manager: Jose Mourinho Club Captain: Wayne Rooney Vice Captain: Michael Carrick Country: England League: English Premier League Media Prediction: 4th Fierce Rivals: Liverpool (Local), Manchester City (Local), Leeds United (Historic) Other Rivals: Arsenal (Competitive), Bolton (Local), Chelsea (Competitive) Legends: Bobby Charlton (Player), Sir Alex Ferguson (Manager), Eric Cantona (Player), Bryan Robson (Player), Ryan Giggs (Player), Duncan Edwards (Player), Dennis Law (Player), George Best (Player), Matt Busby (Manager) Icons: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Player), Roy Keane (Player), Paul Scholes (Player), Steve Bruce (Player), Gary Neville (Player), Ruud Van Nistelrooij (Player), Peter Schmeichel (Player), David Beckham (Player) Favoured Personnel: Cristiano Ronaldo (Player), Robin Van Persie (Player), Patrice Evra (Player), Brian McClair (Player), Nicky Butt (Player), Phil Neville (Player) Old Trafford - Capacity: 75,635 all-seater Corporate Facilities: Top Training Facilities: State of the art training facilities Youth Facilities: Top Youth Stadium: Trafford Training Centre Training Ground: Trafford Training Centre Junior Coaching: Excellent Youth Recruitment: Well Established Club Finances Estimated Value: £1.2B (loan debt: £539M) Balance: £245,677,092M Finances: Rich Transfer Budget: £31M % of transfer revenue made available: 90% Early years Manchester United was formed in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club by the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR) depot at Newton Heath. The team initially played games against other departments and rail companies, but on 20 November 1880, they competed in their first recorded match; wearing the colours of the railway company – green and gold – they were defeated 6–0 by Bolton Wanderers' reserve team. By 1888, the club had become a founding member of The Combination, a regional football league. Following the league's dissolution after only one season, Newton Heath joined the newly formed Football Alliance, which ran for three seasons before being merged with the Football League. This resulted in the club starting the 1892–93 season in the First Division, by which time it had become independent of the rail company and dropped the "LYR" from its name. After two seasons, the club was relegated to the Second Division In January 1902, with debts of £2,670 – equivalent to £260,000 in 2015 the club was served with a winding-up order. Captain Harry Stafford found four local businessmen, including John Henry Davies who became club president, each willing to invest £500 in return for a direct interest in running the club and who subsequently changed the name; on 24 April 1902, Manchester United was officially born. Under Ernest Mangnall, who assumed managerial duties in 1903, the team finished as Second Division runners-up in 1906 and secured promotion to the First Division, which they won in 1908 – the club's first league title. The following season began with victory in the first ever Charity Shield and ended with the club's first FA Cup title. Manchester United won the First Division for the second time in 1911, but at the end of the following season, Mangnall left the club to join Manchester City. In 1922, three years after the resumption of football following the First World War, the club was relegated to the Second Division, where it remained until regaining promotion in 1925. Relegated again in 1931, Manchester United became a yo-yo club, achieving its all-time lowest position of 20th place in the Second Division in 1934. Following the death of principal benefactor John Henry Davies in October 1927, the club's finances deteriorated to the extent that Manchester United would likely have gone bankrupt had it not been for James W. Gibson, who, in December 1931, invested £2,000 and assumed control of the club.[21] In the 1938–39 season, the last year of football before the Second World War, the club finished 14th in the First Division. Busby years (1945–1969) In October 1945, the impending resumption of football led to the managerial appointment of Matt Busby, who demanded an unprecedented level of control over team selection, player transfers and training sessions. Busby led the team to second-place league finishes in 1947, 1948 and 1949, and to FA Cup victory in 1948. In 1952, the club won the First Division, its first league title for 41 years. With an average age of 22, the media labelled the back-to-back title winning side of 1956 "the Busby Babes", a testament to Busby's faith in his youth players. In 1957, Manchester United became the first English team to compete in the European Cup, despite objections from The Football League, who had denied Chelsea the same opportunity the previous season. En route to the semi-final, which they lost to Real Madrid, the team recorded a 10–0 victory over Belgian champions Anderlecht, which remains the club's biggest victory on record. The following season, on the way home from a European Cup quarter-final victory against Red Star Belgrade, the aircraft carrying the Manchester United players, officials and journalists crashed while attempting to take off after refuelling in Munich, Germany. The Munich air disaster of 6 February 1958 claimed 23 lives, including those of eight players – Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Billy Whelan – and injured several more. Reserve team manager Jimmy Murphy took over as manager while Busby recovered from his injuries and the club's makeshift side reached the FA Cup final, which they lost to Bolton Wanderers. In recognition of the team's tragedy, UEFA invited the club to compete in the 1958–59 European Cup alongside eventual League champions Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite approval from the FA, the Football League determined that the club should not enter the competition, since it had not qualified. Busby rebuilt the team through the 1960s by signing players such as Denis Law and Pat Crerand, who combined with the next generation of youth players – including George Best – to win the FA Cup in 1963. The following season, they finished second in the league, then won the title in 1965 and 1967. In 1968, Manchester United became the first English (and second British) club to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4–1 in the final with a team that contained three European Footballers of the Year: Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best. Matt Busby resigned as manager in 1969 and was replaced by the reserve team coach, former Manchester United player Wilf McGuinness. Ferguson years (1986–2013) Alex Ferguson and his assistant Archie Knox arrived from Aberdeen on the day of Atkinson's dismissal, and guided the club to an 11th-place finish in the league. Despite a second place finish in 1987–88, the club was back in 11th place the following season. Reportedly on the verge of being dismissed, victory over Crystal Palace in the 1990 FA Cup Final replay (after a 3–3 draw) saved Ferguson's career. The following season, Manchester United claimed its first Cup Winners' Cup title and competed in the 1991 UEFA Super Cup, beating European Cup holders Red Star Belgrade 1–0 in the final at Old Trafford. A second consecutive League Cup final appearance followed in 1992, in which the team beat Nottingham Forest 1–0 at Wembley. In 1993, the club won its first league title since 1967, and a year later, for the first time since 1957, it won a second consecutive title – alongside the FA Cup – to complete the first "Double" in the club's history. In the 1998–99 season, Manchester United became the first team to win the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League – "The Treble" – in the same season. Losing 1–0 going into injury time in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored late goals to claim a dramatic victory over Bayern Munich, in what is considered one of the greatest comebacks of all time. The club also won the Intercontinental Cup after beating Palmeiras 1–0 in Tokyo. Ferguson was subsequently knighted for his services to football. Manchester United won the league again in the 1999–2000 and 2000–01 seasons. The team finished third in 2001–02, before regaining the title in 2002–03. They won the 2003–04 FA Cup, beating Millwall 3–0 in the final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. In the 2005–06 season, Manchester United failed to qualify for the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in over a decade, but recovered to secure a second-place league finish and victory over Wigan Athletic in the 2006 Football League Cup Final. The club regained the Premier League in the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons, and completed the European double by beating Chelsea 6–5 on penalties in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Ryan Giggs made a record 759th appearance for the club in this game, overtaking previous record holder Bobby Charlton.In December 2008, the club won the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup and followed this with the 2008–09 Football League Cup, and its third successive Premier League title. That summer, Cristiano Ronaldo was sold to Real Madrid for a world record £80 million. In 2010, Manchester United defeated Aston Villa 2–1 at Wembley to retain the League Cup, its first successful defence of a knockout cup competition. After finishing as runner-up to Chelsea in the 2009–10 season, United achieved a record 19th league title in 2010–11, securing the championship with a 1–1 away draw against Blackburn Rovers on 14 May 2011. After finishing as runner-up to Manchester City in the 2011–12 season, United achieved a record 20th league title in 2012–13, securing the championship with a 3–0 home win against Aston Villa on 22 April 2013. 2013–Present On 8 May 2013, Ferguson announced that he was to retire as manager at the end of the football season, but would remain at the club as a director and club ambassador. The club announced the next day that Everton manager David Moyes would replace him from 1 July, having signed a six-year contract. Ryan Giggs took over as interim player-manager 10 months later on 22 April 2014, when Moyes was sacked after a poor season in which the club failed to defend their Premier League title and failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1995–96. They also failed to qualify for the Europa League, meaning that it was the first time Manchester United hadn't qualified for a European competition since 1990. On 19 May 2014, it was confirmed that Louis van Gaal would replace Moyes as Manchester United manager on a three-year deal, with Giggs as his assistant. Malcolm Glazer, the patriarch of the Glazer family that owns the club, died on 28 May 2014. Despite the arrival of new boss Louis van Gaal, Manchester United had a difficult start to the season, winning just three of their first ten league games, with the last of that sequence being a 1-0 loss at local rivals and champions Manchester City. During that opening spell Van Gaal also saw his team lose 5-3 to the recently promoted Leicester City, and held to draws by Burnley, Sunderland and West Brom. There was also an embarrassing defeat to League One's MK Dons in the Capital One Cup. A 2-1 win over Crystal Palace was the start of better things to come and United went on a 16 game unbeaten run in the league, which lasted from November until February when Swansea City beat them 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.They exited the FA Cup in March when old boy Danny Welbeck – who’d been labelled surplus to requirements by Van Gaal - scored the winning goal for Arsenal and from February onwards it was hard to predict which United would turn up as they beat long-time rivals Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield, before losing 3-0 to Everton at Goodison at the end of April. Despite their inconsistent nature and a disappointing season for several star players – including British transfer record signing Angel di Maria and highly paid on-loan striker Radamel Falcao - they have finished a respectable fourth, booking a return to the Champions League next season. The 2015/2016 season wasn't much better for Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United and with growing unrest with the style of play that was on display, missing out on 4th spot and that Champions League entry that is almost compulsory for a club like Manchester United, he eventually lost his job come the end of the season, despite winning the FA Cup which ultimately only papered over a few of the cracks. You could argue that despite the silverware, Manchester United had gone backwards from their achievements in the previous season. On the transfer front, Louis Van Gaal was heavily backed during the summer transfer window, spending around £124,000,000 to bring in the likes of Anthony Martial, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Regan Poole, whilst also securing the services of Sergio Romero on a free transfer. However, going out of the opposite side of the door were players such as Angel Di Maria who had only been with the club for one season, Chicharito, Jonny Evans, Nani, Robin Van Persie and Rafael among others. There was much speculation surrounding David De Gea during the summer window as Real Madrid continued their pursuit and if not for the last minute delay before the window shut for good, he may well have been a Real Madrid man! Throughout this process David De Gea was left out of the squad for several matches with new signing Sergio Romero taking the first team spot. However, once the window had shut, David De Gea was finally recalled to the first team. Despite the poor season, one player was able the shine bright and that man was Anthony Martial who had a dream start for Manchester United, scoring a magnificent goal against rivals Liverpool. Following the match, the teenager was being compared with Arsenal great Thierry Henry. He followed up his brilliant start with 2 more goals 8 days later in an away victory against Southampton. He then scored his 4th goal in 3 games in the third round of the league cup against Ipswich Town. He finished the season as the clubs top goalscorer in the league and overall with 11 and 17 respectively. After much speculation, it was finally announced on the 27 of May 2016 that Jose Mourinho had signed a contract with the club to become the new manager of Manchester United. Jose Mourinho identified 4 players that he wanted and ultimately got the players he wanted, with Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all joining during the summer transfer window. Goalkeepers Once again Manchester United were able to retain the services of our outstanding goalkeeper David De Gea! At just 25 years old, the Spaniard is sure to provide his services for at least another 10 years if you so wish. We also have Sergio Romero who is more than capable and pretty much a luxury as our backup goalkeeper in my opinion and there's also Sam Johnstone, although the 23 year old Englishman is probably close to his potential and should only be used under extreme circumstances. Youth... IIias Moutha Sebtaoui & Joel Pereira - I think if you're into the whole youth side of things, these two probably aren't the sort of players you would be looking to develop, but these are the best we have on the youth side of things. Transfer Suggestions Unless Sergio Romero picks up a massive injury, then you shouldn't really need to find a new goalkeeper. If for some reason you're insane and wanted to replace David De Gea, then Jan Oblak may be a good shout. If your looking to replace Sergio Romero, then Vladimir Gabulov is available on a free transfer and would be a decent backup goalkeeper. Left Back If you can keep Luke Shaw fit, then you have the perfect left back in my opinion and he has plenty of years ahead of him. We also have Daley Blind who can do a decent job and also Marcos Rojo is capable as well. If times are difficult, you can also use Matteo Darmian who is actually Natural in that position as well. I'd say this is probably a strong part of our squad and no transfer suggestions are necessary. Youth... Cameron Borthwick-Jackson - Could he have a future here at Manchester United? It's hard to tell really, but aside from being a future backup player, I would personally sway with an answer of no. However, I would definitely look to keep hold of him on the grounds that he is as local as they come. Transfer Suggestions N/A Central Defender If Eric Bailly proves to be as good in FM17 as he is in real life, then we have two fanastic players in central defence with the other being Chris Smalling. We also have Phil Jones who is still actually pretty young in footballing terms at just 24 years old and if previous fm iterations are anything to go by, Phil is a very good player. We also have Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind who can play at the back as well. Youth... Axel Tuanzebe & Ro-Shaun Williams - According to the coaching staff, Axel has huge potential and Ro-Shaun also has very good potential, so maybe instead of looking around for replacements in your first team, these two lads are the way forward? It's also worth noting that Ro-Shaun Willims is a local lad, so all the more reason to develop him. This is definitely a position of strength within our youth system. Transfer Suggestions Personally I like the look of Kalidou Koulibaly, although in the short term, you may struggle to find anyone of higher quality than we already have who will be willing to join due to not participating in the Champions League and this also goes for Koulibaly. Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton is a possibility, although the transfer fee that they would demand probably outweighs his quality and I personally wouldn't pay it. On the youth side of things, Jonathan Tah could potentially be a huge signing if you were willing to pay the big fee demanded, although these type of fees are becoming normal in this day and age for players with this sort of potential. Right Back For me this is a position that needs attention, not desperately, but still needs attention. We have Matteo Darmian and Antonia Valencia. I do prefer to use Valencia further forward, so for me we only really have one recognised right back in Darmian and he isn't in my opinion top class or even close to that. The more worrying thing for me personally is that we have no real cover in this area, especially if your like me and don't really want Valencia in this position if possible. Youth... Tyrell Warren & Lee O'Connor - Personally I don't think Tyrell Warren is good enough, but there's so real potential in 15 year old Lee O'Connor, so if you don't feel you have the funds to improve in the right back position, I'd definitely look at giving Lee O'Connor some game time and look to have him as a future right back. Transfer Suggestions Kyle Walker is a player that I like, but maybe he's a bit too expensive and maybe you just won't be able to tear him apart from Spurs? If you would prefer someone with versatility, then Fabinho from AS Monaco would be a great signing in that respect and to be honest, this lad could become something special as he has plenty of potential and is at the ripe young age of just 22. The only question that remains is, will he join? There's also Serge Aurier at PSG, but one player that stands out for me and is someone who would definitely join... Mario Fernandes. He was my go to guy in FM16 and he still looks a decent player in FM17. He also wouldn't cost the earth to sign either, but the only downside is there really isn't much room for improvement. [Edit] Manxie_ash has also recommended Danilo as a backup player and he should cost your around the £5.5mil mark. Central Midfielder This is a position where we are blessed with many options, whether your using defensive midfielders, central attacking midfielders or just normal central midfielders or a mixture. we have the options! We have Michael Carrick, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and even Wayne Rooney, plus Henrikh Mkhitaryan should you wish to utilize them there. This in my opinion is a position where you will need to find out who your main central partnership will be and then figure out who doesn't have a future and look to offload accordingly. It's a bit obvious, but Paul Pogba is the only one who gets an automatic first team spot here, but who should partner him? Youth... Timothy Fosu-Mensah - I really like the look of this lad and his potential is really high according to the coaches. The only problem that this lad faces is the massive competition for places that we already have in the first team. This could be another reason to look to offload some of those first team players. However, Fosu-Mensah is versatile and can also play in defensive midfield and even central midfield, whilst also having the ability to fit in at right back at times. Transfer Suggestions It all depends on the formation you will be looking to play. If your looking for a central midfield partnership then you really don't need to even think about new signings here. However, if you were looking for 2 central and one defensive midfielder, I definitely think the defensive midfield spot is somewhere you could look to improve, mainly if your looking for someone in the Nemanja Matic kind of mould. We have Carrick, but he's more of a deep creative type player, then we have Bastian Schweinsteiger, but he's never going to boss that type of role. We also have Morgan Schneiderlin, but I'd personally have him in the central midfield partnership and yet again he just doesn't have that type of role in him in my opinion. Unfortunately, the perfect player for this position probably won't join at this moment and that is Grzegorz Krychowiak from PSG, but he'd definitely be my first choice target out of any if at all possible. Vicente Iborra from Sevilla is an option, although he'd be a last resort for me personally. However, there is one player that I like the look of and that is Walace from GRE in the brazilian league. He's not perfect by any means as he's still young and will need some work, but he would be very cheap and is very well rounded stats wise. Further forward in the attacking central midfield position, I feel we have very good options, so this isn't an area of concern. Right Attacking Midfielder This is a position where we have many different options. First off we have Jesse Lingard who has often taken up this position for Jose Mourinho so far this season. We then have Antonio Valencia, but it all depends if you'd rather use him at right back. Next we have Juan Mata who lacks the pace of your typical right attacking midfielder, but if you prefer someone with great vision, passing and composure, then Mata would be your man, however the question is whether you'd prefer him in a more central position. Finally we have Henrikh Mkhitaryan, although for me personally I don't think he suits this position and probably does suit a more central role. Youth... Adnan Januzaj - The lad is currently out on loan at Sunderland and this is probably the best thing for him right now. He showed great promise early on in his career at Manchester United, but over the past season or two, has really struggled to kick on and really show his potential. His determination to succeed is maybe the thing that we question and personally I compare him to Nani in a way, with the fact that he has this huge potential to be something special, but probably will never tap into that potential. However he is still only 21 years old and this is a game, so moving away from reality, you could definitely turn things around for the young Belgian! Transfer Suggestions We don't really have the perfect right attacking midfielder, but that's all down to opinion. I would personally look at this area as a potential improvement area, but the question remains as to who could improve this area of the team? Gareth Bale is my first thought, but let's not kid ourselves here, he isn't going to join right now. There's also Riyad Mahrez who would be a welcome addition, but again he probably wouldn't join right now. Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli is someone you could turn to, although he's not a perfect match right now, he still has room for improvement in those key areas. There's also Andriy Yarmolenko who is very well rounded and could be a good fit, but if your looking for someone who can improve, he's not your man. Left Attacking Midfielder This is a bit of a weird position for me, as we have two players that could stake claim to this position, but both are in the same situation where they wanted to be strikers, but are being used in this position. Those are Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. It all comes down to whether your going to use an Inside forward or not, as these two perfectly fit the bill. However, these two players are very limited in my opinion as that's the only sort of role they could probably fit into. We also have Memphis Depay who could also be used as an Inside forward, but possesses more ability in other areas to potentially give something different should you wish to have more of a winger style on the left. Jesse Lingard is also available for this position as is much like Depay as he can offer different options to your typical Inside forward. Finally we have Ashley Young who is very much a veteran of this position, but considering his wages and ability, I would personally suggest trying to offload this lad. Youth... DJ Buffonge, Angel Gomes & Tahith Chong - You have a few options here, but DJ Buffonge probably isn't the way forward unfortunately. If you like Inside forwards, then Angel Gomes is the man you should look to spend a lot of time with, but if you want something different, Tahith Chong has the potential to be a great winger as he possesses a great crossing ability. Transfer Suggestions It all depends on what you decide to do in this position. Potentially you have some of the best possible options already at the club, so there isn't much that you will find to improve this position. However, there is one player that may be worth your attention and that is Felipe Anderson who not only can play as an inside forward but is equally as good as a winger. Aside from that, future targets would be Antoine Griezmann or Neymar. Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and even Memphis Depay in desperate times. It was once said that to challenge for trophies, you need 4 strikers in your squad. Think back to 1999 and you will know what I mean. Here we have some very good strikers, we have one of the best in Zlatan, we have Wayne Rooney, but the question is can you get the best out of him? We also have the dilemma of whether Martial and Rashford will be your strikers or your inside forwards? This is all for you to decide and experiment, but potentially we have a brilliant front four. Youth... James Wilson & Nishan Burkart - Probably not the strongest potential wise, but if you want to persist with youth and not go out and find the next best thing, then I'd suggest James Wilson is he best of the two talents. Transfer Suggestions Zlatan doesn't have long left in his career, Wayne Rooney is fading and the question of whether Martial and Rashford are true strikers or not could push you to look for someone else. Harry Kane or Paulo Dybala would be my perfect options, but like many transfer targets out there, they probably wouldn't join right now. Romelu Lukaku could be an option as he is currently unhappy at Everton, but you would need to find funds from somewhere. Alexandre Lacazette would be a cheaper option, but if your looking for someone with potential, then Breel Embolo could be your man.
  8. I have done some searches and haven't found an answer so I'm hoping that somebody on here will be able to help me. With my club, Manchester United, the board would like me to reduce my recruitment team from 45 down to 23. Is there a way with the editor to adjust this number and make it whatever I want? Or make adjustments with other staffing levels that the board would recommend for my club, such as general coaches or fitness coaches. Any help would be appreciated!
  9. Not much of a discussion. But with the ongoing United, Madrid saga for the last couple of seasons in real life, seeing this just makes you happy. Timothy Fosu-Mensah has been playing in the Manchester United team in my save for a few season and has blossomed extraordinarily well. And the fact that he has come through the youth system at United is the icing on the cake. But then comes Real Madrid trying to unsettle the player.
  10. ok so this is my first time witting on these forums and i would like to post games and updates from my current fm15 save which i am currently in the 2026/27 season having played 10 seasons at Manchester United and another manager which has managed clubs in England and Spain. (i will be posting back stories and the previous seasons soon as i have 14 hours a day at work where i have very little to do!) this is my rolling story/update on my current season. As i have two managers on one save it may get a little hard to follow the different games. i will add two games at a time as both teams play on weekends and champions league. thank you to anyone who will read this i hope you enjoy reading this (if anyone does) as i enjoy playing the game. if you would like to know more about some players or any other players leave a message and i will give you a back story about them, or look out for my 10 year long run post which i will upload in the future. on this first post i will show you the pre season games of each team. Burnley 1 v 4 man u Maguire (30) – draxler (20), zivkovic (51, 70, 77) Zaragoza 0 v 3 man u De la Fuente (8), draxler (29), vera (86) Atletico 1 v 1 man u Romero (74 pen) – sterling (9) R Sociedad 1 v 3 man u Cavric (82) – leicht (8, 22), paulinho (72) Leverkusen 1 v 7 man u Muller (42) – Leroy ( 7, 18, 34), ponce (22, 43, 44), cesar (87) Community Shield – Wembley Norwich 0 v 2 man u Perri (72 pen, 8 pen) Euro super cup Southampton 0 v 2 man u Leicht (20) Fuente (42) Man U go into the league with an Unbeaten pre season and ready for the new season with two cups already. Millonarios 0 – 7 Real Sociedad Paulo (11), Hurtado og (12) Cavric (39, 58 pen) Henrique (44) restrepo (81, 90) Real Sociedad 2 – 1 Benfica Munir (3), Schulz (30) – Talisca (77) Real Sociedad 1 – 3 Man U Cavric (82) – Leicht (8, 22) Paulinho (72) Stade Rennais 1 – 3 Real Sociedad – friendly cup semi final Robinet (51) – Arrondel (29) Cavric (36) Paulo (45) Real Sociedad 2 – 0 Heracles – friendly cup final Henrique (18, 47) Real Sociedad 1 – 1 Leeds Paulo (6) – Jimenez (19) – 4-5 penalties Real Sociedad 4 – 0 Real Betis Paulo (7, 31, 40) Munir (54) Losing to Man U isnt unexpected but the penalty loss to Leeds hurt which made the quickly arranged Betis game more important as Sociedad started their season on a high.
  11. Hi guys, been playing for around a month now and I'm finding something quite difficult. When I get to the opposition instructions before the game and usually I have the centere forwards tightly marked or closed down. The problem I'm finding with this is that when I do this, both my center backs rush towards the player and it creates gaps in my defense. What am I doing wrong? I appreciate any help. If you want to know, I'm playing as Man United. I'm in my second season, with my usual back four of Valencia, Tiago Silva, Smalling, Shaw. I also usually play Silva as a ball playing centre back and Smalling as a defensive central defender. My full backs are both on automatic but I'm think of switching them to attack once I sort out my central defenders getting sucked in all the time. Should I be changing these roles to help stop the gaps in my defense? Cheers guys!
  12. Hi everyone, So on FM16 I used this tactic for Manchester United, except in control mentality and with working the ball into the box, and had incredible success. I also man mark any strikers (unless there are three), or any wide attacking midfielders. I do the same tactic every game, only changing if I need to protect a lead/come back from a deficit late in the game. I am in my second season right now, finished 3rd in the league after a 10 game winless run towards the end of the season and did not do well in the cups. Right now, I am 8th in the league right now, 11 points out of first. I am dominating possession in just about every game, but I do not seem to be creating many chances. I concede many goals off of long balls to the strikers and the wingers, especially on my right side. I feel like with the talent I have, I should be doing a lot better but I can't quite figure out what to change. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
  13. Is anyone else having trouble beating Man U? I've played them multiple times, tried different mentalities, formations etc but end up drawing 0-0 or losing 1-0. They also seem to win most of their league games by a margin of 1 goal
  14. On the search to develop a 3rd solid tactic, one which I can regularly start with that doesn't concede much because it's hard to break down, keeps the ball fairly well and creates many chances against most teams in the EPL I decided to try if I could make a 4-5-1. Given that my team is strong for the division and that my flat formation needs to give time to my players to get in dangerous positions (and therefore needs a patient build up), my initial approach against most teams should be one of Control. If I need a goal desperately, I can switch to the more aggressive 4-4-2 which has an attacking mentality. If I want to play against the better teams in the league I have my counter attacking 4-3-3, which I may switch to 4-5-1 in the future if this formation performs well for me. I decided my team shape should be Fluid because I want to decrease the space between the lines to provide for greater unitary interaction and I want to see more vertical movement from deep. I also believe my players are mentally strong and have good positioning, decisions, teamwork, work rate and off the ball movement, which should make them more successful in a fluid setup. I don't fully understand shape but I think I have this idea right. Tell me if not. Anyway, the main point of the thread is to firstly offer my tactic as open for criticism and secondly to help me pick my forward's role. Bear in mind I have four options at the club - Ibra, Martial, Fellaini and Depay - two target strikers, one creative and physically gifted tricky dribbler who's only OK at finishing (Depay), and a fast striker who isn't very good at passing or creating but is probably the best finisher I have (Martial). I realise these might not be ideal players but I'm keen to learn how they could individually be made to fit in my setup to suit their strengths whilst preventing their isolation from the rest of the team. I created his tactic mid season so my team's familiarity isn't great, and tested it in an away game against Swansea, a mid table team which defeated mine earlier in the season due to their high tempo short passing game. My team came away with not just a 2-0 win, but some very impressive match stats, unrivaled by my prior matches as I have been experimenting through the season. I suspect I may be onto a real winner here, but I did not get a good performance out of my striker, leading me to believe he had the wrong role. Hence the thread. The tactic image you see was how I set up the team to play against Swansea. Take a look at the tactic and a) tell me your thoughts about my team instruction and roles and duties choices. b) tell me what forward role you think is suitable. I will then use a team selection policy based on that role. My overall idea for the tactic was to make sure it had decent possession, had high chance creation, low opponent chance and goal concession and a high number of shots and most of them on target. So basically: domination! My objective with the TI's was to give my team an edge in possession, help the team decrease the space between the lines, stretch opposition defences by making good use of my wide players and not waste chances. Ideas for defensive phase: GK distribution: slow, low risk and short to full backs Back 4 provides solid base, nothing fancy CM(D) plays a key role in screening with tackles and interceptions and providing a recycling outlet with short simple passing. BBM and WM(S) offer additional support from midfield whilst a fast winger and very creative player are available for transitions and attacking movement during a turnover Transitions and creative objectives: Build from the back Focus buildup down the flanks, moving ball infield for relief and switches of play Ensure multiple potential runners from deep Don't rush or waste possession unnecessarily but allow some tempered room for risky creative play Attacks: Goals and assists from almost anywhere in midfield and attack Attack as a balanced unit No players isolated Finally I want to mention that I have not set any PI's except for the goalkeeper.
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