I always start every FM with a Man United save, simply because they are my favourite team and the team I perhaps know best, from A-team down to the youth players. Just to test the new game and maybe some tactics, see what's new, which wonderkids are new and so on.
As mentioned above I wanted to create my own tactic this time. I actually created two, but this one was so insanely effective that I never got to test the other one. I knew I wanted a back four. I wanted high wingers. And so it looked like becoming another 4-2-3-1 at first, but I always play with that formation.
Every save-game on FM21 was 4-2-3-1, and I was a bit tired of it. In addition I have always loved strikers. So I really wanted to see if I could make it work with two strikers in addition to the high wingers. I had my doubts..
I must admit I have never read anything on "how to make tactics in FM", or what works with what, what doesn't work with this and so on. I simply went through everything and made it the way I would want to watch a football team play football. In possession, in transition, out of possession. And I wanted to have an Attacking mentality.
Player roles were influenced by the incredible 4-2-3-1 Knap tactic I used for FM21, except for the extra striker role, which I made into a poacher simply because that was Cavani's best role and I didn't want two advanced forwards.
Only transfer in of any significance was Haaland, which the board bought for me. The results were incredible.
We won the Premier League, losing two matches and drawing one. Scoring 140 league goals and conceding 33.
We won the League Cup, we won the FA-cup, we won the Champions League (7-1 over Inter in the final), and we won the Club World Championships after the season was done.
I won manager of the month every month except October when Pep beat me to it. Haaland, Cavani and Fernandes won every individual trophy there is after the season. We also beat a lot of records. And before season 2 I have signed Mbappe on a free, and in Januar Moukoko arrives. Might get silly, this save..
Our offensive players had incredible seasons.
Haaland: 47 games played, 49 goals, 15 assists
Cavani: 46 games played, 51 goals, 7 assists
Ronaldo: 40 games, 28 goals, 20 assists
Sancho: 45 games, 13 goals, 21 assists
Greenwood: 42 games, 15 goals, 18 assists
Rashford: 22 games, 18 goals, 5 assists
Fernandes: 46 games, 19 goals, 27 assists
Pogba: 51 games, 11 goals, 16 assists
I thought we would be found out away against the best teams, but we beat Chelsea 6-3 away, lost only away at Juventus (still went through), Wolves and Leeds all season in all competitions. Drew at Wolfsburg with B-team and at Spurs in the league, other than that won every away game.
As mentioned above, this tactic has ONLY been tested ONE season and only with Man United. Might not work in other clubs for all I know, and United has such a strong FM-squad (and with Haaland added as well), but the results were way more than I could have dreamed of.
So, let me know if you decide to test it out, if it works for you. Or if it doesn't.