Things wouldn’t be complete when trying to recreate the 1999 team without forming some sort of ‘Class of 92’. Now the official Class of 92 had been in the first team for around 5 seasons before they won the treble. I want to create a ‘Class of 2016’ using players already at United. I have had a look and there isn’t a great deal to chose from, which is frustrating.
Currently in the Under 18’s there are a few with excellent potential, but I am not sure they will fulfil that potential from what i have seen from an offline save I have been doing. That doesn’t mean to say it wont happen this time round. I am also not sure where a few of them will fit into my 4-4-2 line up so game time in the future might be limited. I will certainly hold onto the below lads and see what happens but i don’t hold much hope.
So i really need to be looking at players slightly older than the above. Young players who could / need to be ready for the first team within a year or 2. I have identified 6 players who could reach those levels, but again, i am not convinced.As you can see half of them are out on loan so not a lot i can really do with them.
Fosu-Mensah is an interesting one because as you can see below he can play a few positions. However, i don’t see him fulfilling a central midfield role and I don’t think I will be using a CDM. I am really tempted to see if I can retrain him as a right back. There are a lot of attributes already there. I really think he could become a Gary Neville type full back. I also think he is more likely to get game time that way. I will make the relevant training adjustments and get a good tutor on him.
Marcus Rashford is hopefully going to become my Andy Cole type player. I am training him as a ‘complete forward’ simply because it covers more attributes. He is also being tutored by Zlatan. Maybe not ideal given Zlatans style of play, but I am sure Rashford will learn a thing or 2. This guy has a lot of time to develop.
With Axel Tuanzebe he will be trained as a bog standard centre back. I don’t think he’ll quite have the attributes of a Stam type so he’ll be more of a Johnson type. I still have reservations as to whether he’ll get anywhere near the top.
My other 3 players are all out on loan so i cant do anything with them. I have high hopes for Januzji to become my next Ryan Giggs. The only attribute he currently lacks is ‘Pace’. The rest are spot on. I am not sure if Borthwick-Jackson and Pereira will amount to much. But i will give them a decent go. I am also not ruling out any new gens i get in the first year or 2. They could easily break into this group if they’re good enough.
I have now finished all my transfer business. I wasn’t overly happy with how it went, but i guess i got most of my targets and shipped out a few of the ones i didn’t require. There were ALOT of signing i never really intended on making, but they were all youngsters for the future. nothing that will trouble the first team for a few years. A lot don’t even fit the 1999 mould, but maybe with a lot of training they might. I also decided to loan out a few of my better younger players
The main ones coming in are above. I never really mentioned Carcela very much in my analysis of Giggs, but i found my targets difficult to sign so i ended up with Carcela. He’s actually decent so i wasn’t too disappointed.
Ideally i would have liked to have sold a lot more than just 3, but so be it. I get decent cash for all 3 so i was happy. Young, Mkhitaryan, Valencia and Lingard i couldn’t seem to shift for anything like the value i was after. It might seem crazy selling Mata, but it was decent value given his age and the fact he doesn’t fit into a 4-4-2
In this years FM most people, me included, feel its harder, tactically. I have found that when starting a save to just keep the tactics down to an absolute minimum to begin with and adjust slowly or per game depending on the opponents so that’s what i intend to do. I am also noticing that PPM’s seem to work better and have a bigger influence on how a player plays than in previous versions of the game. This is also something i will be looking at closely. I am going to start with the below and throw in all my new signings. Hopefully after a proper pre-season they will have settled in nicely. I’m not going to go into a big tactical rant at this stage and explain exactly of United played back in 1999. Below is a basic set up. I cant see too much changing from that. My striker and central midfield roles are likely to see changes as I trial the best combos to get what i want to achieve. I have left nearly all TI’s and PI’s blank for now. Again, these will be adjusted when I see something not working how it needs to.
Defensively we need to be solid with all 4 midfielders working hard and helping out.
In the middle we need to somehow dominate in an age where most teams play 3 central midfielders. I need good dribbling from the left and more, quality crossing from the right.
Up front I want to see good combination play, lots of goals, movement and one two’s…
All sounds too easy. I may well play through the whole first season before writing again, but thanks again for reading!!