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Sir Alex 4-4-2 with Man Utd 98/99 / FM21 Tactic

Replicating the treble winning 4-4-2 tactic used by Sir Alex Ferguson in 1998/1999 with Manchester United. Tactic for Football Manager 2021.

By on Apr 28, 2021   9313 views   3 comments
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Football Manager 2021 Tactics - Sir Alex 4-4-2 with Man Utd 98/99 / FM21 Tactic
The 442, synonymous with a rather boring structure; flat, predictable and to be blunt, a little out-dated. Knap, alongside Cult of FM, wanted to change that. The result was the recreation of Alex Ferguson's exciting, attacking, ground-breaking 442.

Using the players as a starting block, they created the roles within Football Manager to stay true to the authentic Manchester United team of 1998/99. Focusing an attacking pace down the left with Ryan Giggs, and utilising a creative Wide Midfielder on the right with David Beckham.

Chance creation was off the chart, couple that with an attacking presence of two Advanced Forwards that Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Ruud van Nistelrooy would fight over, the tactic created goals - very much like the 98/99 themselves.

The Team Instructions are important in this tactic, but not as much as player instructions: most players are instructed to Mark Tighter and Tackle Harder, which compliments the team instruction of Extremely Urgent pressing. The emphasis being to suffocate the opponent high up the pitch and create chances.

The tactic is set up to overload the box and put cross after cross into the area. We all know how deadly Becks was at whipping that ball in, this tactic makes the most of that asset.

For the results of a year's sim, you can find the results on our FM Scout YT channel (video below), safe to say they are incredible and the work that Knap and Cult of FM have put into it, truly pays homage to the classic, original 442.





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Discussion: Sir Alex 4-4-2 with Man Utd 98/99 / FM21 Tactic

3 comments have been posted so far.

  • gogheu's avatar
    not sure if sir alex ferguson used gegenpressing lol. from what i remember the team would barely press at all in the opposition half, and would only have the front 2 cutting lanes, or pressing a bit more aggressively if rooney was up front
  • Jimbo75's avatar
    Defence is leaking, offense is very good, played 6 games, 25-12 GF-GA, Le Havre, France, 2024
  • chobochewie's avatar
    Really nice tactic, thank you.

    For all German speakers, I made a little tactic test video using this tacitc and got amazing results...

    https://youtu.be/1zhiOhJtMsQ
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