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Welcome to the Sheffield United Football Club thread Club Details Nickname: The Blades Founded: 1889 Owner: Abdullah bin Musa'ed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud & Kevin McCabe (50%/50%) Current Manager: Chris Wilder League: EFL League One (England) Captain: Billy Sharp Vice-Captain: Chris Basham Squad Personality: Fairly Determined Rivals: Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United and West Ham (historical) Legends: Tony Currie, Jimmy Hagan Favoured Personel: Chris Morgan Club Record Signing: £4m for James Beattie Ground: Bramall Lane Capacity: 32,609 (all seater) Corporate Facilities: Average Training Facilities: Excellent Youth Facilities: Good Youth Level: 2 Junior Coaching: Average Youth Recruitment: Above Average Finances: Okay (Value £21m) Transfer Budget: £300,000 (can be adjusted to £583,868) Clauses: You can cash in on Kyle Walker's sell on clause to up your starting budget to £3.8m Wage Budget: £112,907 p/w Media Prediction: 4th Sheffield United Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The team competes in League One, the third tier of English football. The football club was formed in 1889 as an offshoot of Sheffield United Cricket Club, and are nicknamed The Blades due to Sheffield's history of steel production. The club have played their home games at Bramall Lane since their formation in 1889. Bramall Lane is currently an all-seater ground with a capacity of 32,609. Sheffield United won the original First Division in 1898 and the FA Cup in 1899, 1902, 1915 and 1925. They were beaten finalists in the FA Cup in 1901 and 1936, and reached the semi-finals in 1961, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2014. They reached the semi-finals of the League Cup in 2003 and 2015. For most of the club's history they have played in red and white striped shirts with black shorts. Their closest rivals are Sheffield Wednesday, with whom they contest the Steel City Derby.
OK - so I'm new to FM - decided to give Sheffield United a try because I hadn't tried a lower league. I was promoted after my first season - ended up doing well thanks to some luck and the squad being decent before I took over. But I was easily overmatched in the championship, players simply not good enough and even with ManU as a feeder team, I just did the talent. Plus, my tactics need work. I wasn't scoring a lot and I was giving up a lot of through balls for goals. That's a really bad combo. I had tried 4-1-4-1, 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1(2DM and 3 CM), 4-3-3 and I just kept coming up with the same problems. Lots of losing 1-0 or 2-0 while losing possession 52/48 and being completely outshot (both total and on target). So I'm trying something new a 3-5-2 without wingbacks. It's worked for the first 4 games and gotten me out of the relgation zone, but the more i read here the more I don't think it should be working. So please tell me how badly I'm setting myself up for failure. Goalie - normal 3 CD's - 2 set to defend, one set to stopper NO DMS or WINGBACKS defensive winger/support - DLP/support - attacking playmaker (SM)/attack - BWM/defend- defensive winger/support False9/support - Target Man/attack In the 4 games I've won possession and total shots. i've had 3 wins and a draw. The reason I did this was to attempt to gum up the midfield, recycle possession a lot, use the wingers for depth, have the BWM be the 4th defender in a way. False9 is the connection in the attack and the target man is the finisher. The AM is my best player by far, so my putting him front and center I thought it would get him the ball the most in decision-making positions. So tell me why is suck and help me get better so I can avoid relegation and move to mid-table next season as I let dead weight go and sign some championship level players.