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Manchester United - Jose Mourinho replaced by Martin Griggs

A story about the highs and lows of Martin Griggs as he starts his career on the new Football Manager 2018 with Manchester United
Started on 14 November 2017 by griggs225 / First Post
Latest Reply on 16 November 2017 by Eirico2000 / Last Post
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The date 30th June 2017 - Manchester United have done the unthinkable of bringing in a Rookie in one Martin Griggs to replace the one Jose Mourinho.

Martin says he's delighted with the job appointment but their is no time for reminiscing, I have a club to run and deadwood to shift.
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The first thing I do, and always have done with any version's of Football Manager is look through my staff list, in particular I look at the vast amounts of scouts at Manchester United.

Griggs doesn't hold back, and immediately cuts multiple members of the scouting team, leaving just 22 members in total, which equates to just 18 scouts!
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Initally Griggs Is happy with his team, due to the Counter Attacking style of play that he wants, no one is sold and no one is brought.

Only one player comes in and that's Joaquin Correa on loan from Sevilla with an option to buy later on for just £15,000,000!
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During the pre season I'll be testing two tactics - one of which I'll be loosing before my 1st competitive game against R.Madrid and then i'll use just the one and tweak for each game.

First Game Vs Shanggang and I won 2-0 2 goals scored by Lukaku

Second game I win 5-0 vs Beijing with Rashford netting a noticeable Hat-Trick! Also goals by Carrick and Correa.

Third game and it's another convincing win, this time it's 3-0 with a goal from Phil Jones and 2 from Mkhitaryan who was also MOM.

Forth Game against Quanijian I concede twice but the final score we win 4-2 with goals from Mata,Correa and 2 from Lukaku

Fifth game against Tianjin and it's an emphatic 8-1 victory with Mika scoring a brace, Lukaku scoring a quad, Martial and Rashford also getting in with goals.

My sixth game, and my final friendly is another strong display where we beat Penafiel 5-0. Lindelof, Mika, Lukaku, Martial and Rashford scoring the goals.
The 1st real game of the season, it's the European Super Cup against the might Real Madrid.

Before the game Griggs told the media "we intend to win this one for the fans, they're the ones that pay their hard earned cash, hopefully we can pull of a result!"

Starting Line Ups:

Man Utd

Martial
Lukaku
Correa Mkhitaryan
Pogba Matic
Blind Smalling Lindelof Valencia

R. Madrid

Benzema
Ronaldo Bale
Kross Modric
Casemiro
Marcelo Ramos Varane Carvajal
Navas
Real Madrid 0 Manchester United 5

Martial 7
Martial 8
Lukaku 30
Ramos OG 43
Lukaku 49

What a result, one that i certainally wasn't expecting. Maybe a 1-0 or a 2-1 at a push but to stop the likes of Bale & Ronaldo and win 5-0 WOW!!
It's the first game of the season and Crystal Palace ate at home to Man Utd, but they simply could not cope with the counter attacking football and the pace and finishing of Mika,

Crystal Palace 1 Man Utd 6

Mkhitaryan 22,33,86
Lukaku 23
Pogba 47

Using MIka on the right as a Raumdeutar being backed up by an Automatic Fullback is working wonders.
Following the Palace thumping it' the second game of the season, this time we're at home to Bournemouth.

We have more Shots, More Shots On Target, More Possession and we' only win 1-0 nether less a win is a win, and like Jose i'll claim the win everytime over the score line.

Up popped Mika with the winner on 45'
Next up it's Swansea vs Man Utd at the Liberty..

Man Utd emerged victirous against a determind but ultimately unsuccessful Swansea team that only have a point from their first opening 3 games in the league.

Liukaku converted a penalty after a mistake by Mawson tripping him in the box, Lukaku then completed the scoring on 46 mins with a tidy finish from 13 metres out.

Lukaku was prasied by his boss after the game with Lukaku replying "Thanks boss i'm pleased with my performances lately, hopefully I can keep up and turn into that deadly striker that your aiming for!"
In other results on the 3rd day of the Premier Division were as follows

Totenham 2-1 Arsenal
Burnley 0-1 Brighton
Palace 0 West Ham 2
Huddersfield 3-1 Southampton
Leicester 2-0 Stoke
Liverpool 2-0 West Brom
Newcastle 3-1 Man City

Huddersfield currently lead the table with 3 wins from 3 on goal difference.

The next game could be a bit more tricky, for united hosting Tottenham!
It's deadline day, 31st August 2017!..

Are we going to see any spectacular or mammoth deals today!?
And it's a bid!! A Bid for Phil Jones early in the morning, £23,000,000 from Tottenham eventually rising to £31,000,000!

The manager ponders this one...
United accept the Offer, Griggs then gets straight on the phone to the Burnley manager and recalls Axel Tuanzebe. Griggs was initially going to send the lad out for 1 year to get some experience under his belt in the Premier Division, but selling Jones has altered his thinking.

Tuanzebe who is a good young CB only 19 and valued at £16,000,000. If you can sell Jones and get Tuanzebe value up to around £25,000,000 with the first season then it's easy money.

If you look at other CM/CB's in the England fold that are younger that Phil Jones and worth nearly double him than you know the thinking behind it.

Phil Jones was brought in under the Fergie era as the next big thing thinking he'd be a good replacement for Rio Ferdinand, fortunately Jones will never be that good and it's an easy decision to sell.
There is also Ro-Shaun Williams who's another young English player currently out on loan, he will also turns into a Quality/Key CB for Utd!
Griggs has gone in for another loanee, a left winger in the name of Ademola Lookman from Everton, this wasn't an easy loan to settle for but eventually it'll be concluded with united playing 100% of his wages and a monthly fee of £500,000 and an optional future fee of £30,000,000 a steal griggs things given he's currently valued at £12,000,000 and to buy it's between £30-40 million being an English talent the prices always rise. A year later and he'll be valued between £20-£30 million with bags of potential at just 19yrs old!

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