Notice! This tactic has only been tested with top clubs, and I won't guarantee that it will work playing for survive the relegation in the league!
If playing this tactic, your team will create many chances, with a lot of shots on target. There are 3 players in the central midfield, who have the ability to control the midfield in the match, without slowing down the game. The 2 playmakers are creating chances to both themselves, the wingers and the attacker. The wingers have the ability to create a lot of crosses, both low and high, and also cut into the middle and finish.
It's crucial that you change the player roles to defence (deep lying playmaker) and support (Right and left backs), depending on which opponent you're playing against! This thumbnail is an example against teams like Hull, Leicester, Crystal Palace, Shakhtar Donetsk etc., where you are favourites. Playing against Bayern Münich, Tottenham, Chelsea etc. it's crucial you change their roles as I said before, or else you will have big holes between your defensive line and the midfield!
The tactic is great for:
- About 15+ shots per game
- Stability on the central midfield
- Attacking football (Boards philosophy)
- Giving young players a chance on the 1st team (Boards philosophy)
- A great amount of corners
- Having an allround attacker
- Especially against top 10 clubs, rather than the last 6
The simple tactic build-up:
The build-up isn't a patient, slow and boring build-up play, but neither is it a rushing build-up play. It has a great balance, with the opportunity to change the instructions, after how the opposition is playing.
If you're the best team in the match, you can with benefits use the build-up "Play out of defence"
Key players and attributes
These players have played a major role in my squad in the season and were playing perfectly in their chosen role
Paul Pogba has made a huge difference in my central midfield, as he played the "Roaming midfielder" and the leader in the middle.
The key attributes for this role are: First Touch, Passing, Technique, Anticipation, Vision and Work Rate.
Ousmane Dembélé was my exceptional best player at the "Winger" role, topping the assist list in both the league and Champions league in my 2nd season
The key attributes for this role are: Crossing, Dribbling, Acceleration and Pace
Álvaro Morata scored goals from the start of his Manchester United career, joining the team in the January window 2018. He ended in the top 10 top scorer list, after just 6 months in it.
The key attributes for this role are: Finishing, First Touch, Heading, Passing, Off the Ball, Composure and Acceleration.
Marcus Rashford was the player who developed the most. Starting at 2,5 stars he began to score goals consistently, and ended up being 3,5 stars. He became the top scorer of the Premier League and won the awards as the best player and youth player in the league.
The key attributes for this role are: Dribbling, Finishing, Technique, Off the ball, Acceleration and Pace.
Ball winning midfielder
Radja Nainggolan was my first signing at Old Trafford, where he had a huge influence with his excellent tackles and stamina, playing consistently well, and topping the list of best ball winning midfielders.
The key attributes for this role are: Tackling, Bravery, Aggression, teamwork, work rate, stamina and determination.
Deep lying playmaker
Ander Herrera is the perfect playmaker for Manchester United. With his excellent mental abilities and great technique, he is an indispensable player for my midfield. He became my captain at the start of the 3rd season, and it's going excellent.
The key attributes for this role are: First Touch, Passing, Technique, Decisions, Vision and Work Rate.
Eric Bailly has been a great signing for Manchester United. He's a hard-working defender, with good work rate in both the defensive and the build-up phase.
The key attributes for this role are: Heading, Marking, Tackling, Positioning and Strength.
Match results after changing to this formation (2nd season)