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Man Utd's 4-3-1-2 Fluid Attack

This is a fluid attack system for FM15 that utilizes wing-backs for extra width and three midfielders as supporters for both attack and defense.

By on Sep 28, 2015   37954 views   3 comments
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FM 2015 Tactics - Man Utd's 4-3-1-2 Fluid Attack

A basic keeper in-between the sticks to stop the opposition from putting the ball in the back of the net.
The keeper is suppose to ease of tackles in order to prevent penalties and the possibility of getting red carded.
Also, distributing the ball to center-backs will ensure that you keep possession of the ball to restart attacks from the back.

Center Backs
Both are limited defenders who clear the ball from danger areas and win the ball back without giving away free kicks.
One is a stopper who pushes forward to breakup opposition attacks while the other stays behind to cover.

Wing Backs
Wing Backs are very very important to this tactic. They provide you with the extra width need to spray in crosses for your attackers.

Central Midfielders
Two of your midfielders will stay deep in the field to support the defense with you are on the attack.
Since your wing backs are up high on the field, your defense is vulnerable to counter attacks. The job of the
two midfielders is to fill the holes left by the wing backs. The third midfielder will join the attack but will stay on the edge of the

Shadow Striker
The shadow striker will provide your attack with an extra body. This formation allows for fluid movement up front where the shadow striker
or your main strikers can get into position for a high percentage shot on goal.

A false nine and a defensive forward. First is the defensive forward because it is a head scratchier for most. But, for this tactic to work, you need
a defensive forward to chase down defenders when you lose the ball while attacking. Since your wing backs are pushing forward to support the attack, the back-line of your defense is left weak, so once you lose the ball while attacking, the defense forward will chase down the defender who has the ball. Putting pressure on the defender will put the defender in a position to either clear it or make desperate pass to players up front. The false nine striker allows you to have another option for your shadow striker to pass to while attacking. Constant movement of the ball will put at least one of your players through to have a shot on goal.

The is the team instruction.
I would rather have the ball than not. Having the ball means that the opposition does not have it to craft out chances for a goal. Once you have the ball, working it to the box is crucial for the front lines. With shorter passes, they will pass their way to the oppositions half for a shot or pass it out wide to the wing backs for a cross. We are more expressive, allowing our more creative players more freedom to play their game while the whole team close down the opposition to win back the ball.

At the end of the season, we scored a total of 110 goals and allowed 31 goals. The defense could be a lot better. It is up to you to experiment with the defense. However, the wing backs are crucial.

As you can see, Falcao finished as the top scorer with Rooney not far behind.

Player Instructions

Goalkeeper Defend
Ease Off Tackles
Pass It Shorter
Fewer Risky Passes
Distribute To Center Backs

Both Wing Backs (ATTACK)
Close Down More
Ease Off Tackles
Fewer Risky Passes
Sit Narrower

Center Back Left
(Limited Defender: Cover)
Mark Tighter
Close Down Much Less

Center Back Right
(Limited Defender: Stopper)
Mark Tighter
Close Down Much Less

Central Midfield Left
Ball Winning Midfielder: Defend
No Instructions

Central Midfield Center
Deep Lying Playmaker: Support
Dribble Less
Mark Tighter
Pass It Shorter
Close Down Much More

Central Midfield Right
Advanced Playmaker: Attack
Get Further Forward
More Direct Passes

Shadow Striker: Attack
More Direct Passes

False Nine: Left
Shoot Less Often
More Direct Passes
Run Wide With Ball

Defensive Forward: Right
Shoot Less Often
More Direct Passes
Move Into Channels
Run Wide With Ball


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Discussion: Man Utd's 4-3-1-2 Fluid Attack

3 comments have been posted so far.

  • charliewu's avatar
    I find Pressing more does not work well against top tier teams specially away. but against everyone else, it get you tons of possession and attack opportunity. Also how do you play your Meta and Di Maria?
  • Lentutis's avatar
    I let my assistant take care of that.
  • Wakesta's avatar
    What Pre-Season training do you setup?
    What training do you setup during the season for this tactic?
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