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My Manchester United Story FM12

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Godman's avatar Group Godman 2011-10-31 12:50
gb 1142 posts 21 likes joined May 22, 2008
I decided to start a season with Manchester United and manage the new generation of stars.

I decided to have 3 formations that I will use; they are 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1 (with wingers) and 4-3-2-1 (with wingers and three centre midfielders).

My thinking for using these formations was that I want my team to play an attacking controlling kind of football so this is where the 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 come into it. I also need a defensive tactic for Europe and also when I come up against teams that have stronger midfielders or are generally better (Barcelona spring to mind). Plus I like my squads to know a variety or formations and tactic so when/if I need to change them they are ready to change instantly.

This post was edited by Godman (2011-11-15 09:18, 5 years ago)
Godman's avatar Group Godman 2011-10-31 12:52
gb 1142 posts 21 likes joined May 22, 2008
An average pre-season, with a couple of wins and a couple of draws. I was happy with the season as all my main players got up to match practice. I was also pleased that Danny Welbeck got a couple of goals and was in contention to start up front with Wayne Rooney at the start of the season but a injury before the Charity Shield stopped that. Also Rio Ferdinand was ruled out for 3 weeks at the end of the pre season.
This post was edited by Godman (2012-02-02 09:32, 5 years ago)
Godman's avatar Group Godman 2011-10-31 12:54
gb 1142 posts 21 likes joined May 22, 2008
Charity Shield Vs Man City

Decided to start with my 4-3-2-1.

Line Up (Right To Left) David De Gea , Chris Smaling, Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidić, Patrice Evra, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia, Nani, Wayne Rooney –
Subs Used Phil Jones, Fábio, Rafael, Ryan Giggs

Started off well and Rooney grabbed an early goal and Nigel de Jong being sent off very early. However City grabbed an equalizer through Sergio Agüero and then Darren Fletcher got sent off for two yellow card offences. So It went to penalties and it did not start that will with Giggs missing the first spot kick however De Gea saved city’s 5th penalty so it went to sudden death and unfortunately, Phil Jones spot kick was saved and City won.
This post was edited by _Man_u_barmy_army_ (2011-11-16 16:27, 5 years ago)
Godman's avatar Group Godman 2011-10-31 12:55
gb 1142 posts 21 likes joined May 22, 2008
League Game – Sunderland H

The start of the season against Sunderland and because Javier Hernández and Dimitar Berbatov had been a bit off during the pre season, Michael Owen had just recovered from injury and with Welbeck being injured I decided to go for my 4-2-3-1 formation. Also I had Nani and Park Ji-Sung injured so I called Ravel Morrison into the first team squad for cover.

4-2-3-1
Line Up - David De Gea, Chris Smaling, Phil Jones, Nemanja Vidić, Patrice Evra, Tom Cleverley, Anderson, Antonio Valencia, Ryan Giggs, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney
Subs Used – Rafael, Michael Carrick, Javier Hernández

The game started and a long-range free kick by Ryan Giggs flew into the top corner to give United the lead. Wayne Rooney then grabbed is first of the season followed by a second strike from Giggs who was playing just behind Rooney causing all sorts of problems for the Sunderland defense. Giggs then slipped the ball through to Rooney who made it 4-0 before half time. After that Giggs had a long-range free kick that smashed against the bar and then hit GK and went in for an OG. Vidić then finished it off with a powerful header towards the end. First league game and a 6-0 victory.

Preparing for the Stoke game and got a message saying that Vidić would be out injured for 3 Months.
6294's avatar Group 6294 2011-10-31 15:20
gb 154 posts joined Jan 03, 2011
Good start to the season!
Good luck! Have you signed anyone?
Godman's avatar Group Godman 2011-11-01 11:00
gb 1142 posts 21 likes joined May 22, 2008
# 6294 : Good start to the season!
Good luck! Have you signed anyone?

Not yet decided to start with no transfer budget in the first window.
Godman's avatar Group Godman 2011-11-01 11:01
gb 1142 posts 21 likes joined May 22, 2008
League Game – Stoke A

4-3-2-1
Line Up - David De Gea, Chris Smaling, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Patrice Evra, Tom Cleverley, Anderson, Antonio Valencia, Ryan Giggs, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney
Subs Used - Fabio, Michael Carrick, Javier Hernández

Good win 1-4 but a bit of bad news that Tom Cleverley will be ruled out for 2 months. In view this I called Paul Pogba into the first team squad.
This post was edited by Godman (2011-11-01 14:59, 5 years ago)
Godman's avatar Group Godman 2011-11-01 11:02
gb 1142 posts 21 likes joined May 22, 2008
League Game – Wolves H

4-4-2
Line Up - David De Gea, Rafael, Chris Smaling, Phil Jones, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia, Anderson, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Javier Hernández, Wayne Rooney
Subs Used – Jonny Evans Danny Welbeck, Dimitar Berbatov

Won 3-1 with two poacher goals by Javier Hernández and a first of the club by Phil Jones from an Anderson corner. However Rafael conceded a penalty, which Kevin Doyle scored from.

Next game against West Brom is 14 days away because of an International Break; hopefully my players will all come back fit. Nani and Ferdinand also regained full fitness and were called up to the England and Portugal squads respectfully.

Injury News - Nani and Ferdinand both injured on International duty, Nani out for 3 weeks and Ferdinand out for 3 months. Phil Jones also picked up a knock and will be out for 1 week. Looking thin at the back now with only 2 centre backs.
This post was edited by Godman (2011-11-01 14:59, 5 years ago)
romiljain's avatar Group romiljain 2011-11-01 12:06
in 94 posts 1 likes joined May 06, 2011
Good going dude, but you will need a creative mdfldr as cleverly, anderson are not up to it... go for hazard!

Best of luck !
Godman's avatar Group Godman 2011-11-01 14:59
gb 1142 posts 21 likes joined May 22, 2008
# romiljain : Good going dude, but you will need a creative mdfldr as cleverly, anderson are not up to it... go for hazard!

Best of luck !

I am using Cleverley as a CM Attacking Playmaker and Anderson as a CM Deep Lying Playmaker and both of them are getting very good ratings.

I am looking at Eden Hazard and Mario Götze.
Godman's avatar Group Godman 2011-11-01 15:00
gb 1142 posts 21 likes joined May 22, 2008
League Game – West Brom A

4-4-2
Line Up - David De Gea, Rafael, Chris Smaling, Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia, Ryan Giggs, Anderson, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck, Dimitar Berbatov
Subs Used – Park Ji-Sung, Darren Fletcher, Michael Owen

Decided to rest Hernández and Rooney as I had the Champions League Group game next and the result could not have been better with Welbeck, Berbatov, and Owen all getting their first goals of the season. Also another beautiful free kick by Giggs resulted in a 1-4 victory. However it did come with a cost with Smaling getting injured and is not out for 4 weeks.
Godman's avatar Group Godman 2011-11-01 15:01
gb 1142 posts 21 likes joined May 22, 2008
Champions League Group Game – Genk H

4-3-2-1
Line Up - David De Gea, Rafael, Michael Carrick, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Antonio Valencia, Ryan Giggs, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney
Subs Used - Park Ji-Sung, Ravel Morrison, Danny Welbeck

My Champions League debut made worse with only one fit centre back, which meant Michael Carrick starting at the back (used him as a ball playing defender). Needless to say had a 4-0 victory with goals from Giggs, Evans, and young and also an own goal by Jeroen Simaeys. Also Carrick and Giggs both had fantastic games.
Godman's avatar Group Godman 2011-11-01 15:02
gb 1142 posts 21 likes joined May 22, 2008
League Game – Blackburn H

4-4-2
Line Up - David De Gea, Fábio, Michael Carrick, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Park Ji-Sung, Ryan Giggs, Anderson, Ashley Young, Javier Hernández, Dimitar Berbatov
Subs Used – Ravel Morrison, Paul Pogba, Darren Fletcher

Two from Berbatov and one each for Hernández and Young gave me a 4-1 victory. Also gave Morrison and Pogba their League debuts.
6294's avatar Group 6294 2011-11-01 15:54
gb 154 posts joined Jan 03, 2011
Keep up the good form!
Godman's avatar Group Godman 2011-11-01 17:27
gb 1142 posts 21 likes joined May 22, 2008
League Cup – West Ham A

4-2-3-1
Line Up - Anders Lindegaard, Rafael, Michael Keane, Jonny Evans, Fábio, Paul Pogba, Anderson, Federico Macheda, Ravel Morrison, Danny Welbeck, Michael Owen
Subs Used - Ezekiel Fryers, Larnell Cole, Mame Biram Diouf

Lost 2 -1. Took the lead through Owen but then Carlton Cole scored an equalizer that took the game into extra time. Kevin Nolan then scored from a corner. Anderson then had a penalty saved. Disappointed to go out and this was probably due to the fact that I had a very inexperienced back line. On another day I might have had a win as Welback had several chances and not to mention Anderson’s missed penalty. However a good performance from Michael Keane. Injury news is that Morrison is out for 5 weeks and Rafael is out for 2 weeks. Both injured in the second half.

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