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My FM12 Story - Road to the Top

Started on 10 June 2012 by Glenn T
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Man Utd 1 - 1 Fulham (Hernandez/Dembele)
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Smalling, Ferdinand, Fabio, Pogba, Scholes, Valencia, Hoilett, Rooney, Hernandez

Poor performance and we were lucky to scrape a point.

FA Cup Sixth Round Replay
Man Utd 4 - 1 Liverpool (Rooney, Nani(2), Smalling/Bellamy)
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Smalling, Vidic, Fabio, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Hoilett, Cleverley, Rooney

We did well in front of our own fans as we put Liverpool's defense to the sword and we're now through to the semi-finals.

FA Cup Semi Final
Portsmouth 2 - 5 Man Utd (Halford, Norris/Nani(3), Cleverley(2))
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Smalling, Vidic, Fabio, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Hoilett, Cleverley, Rooney

Nani has been very impressive lately despite competition from Valencia and Hoilett in the winger position and he netted a hat-trick today to help us advance to the final of the FA Cup. A brace from Cleverley completed the thrashing.

Champions' Cup Semi Final Leg 1
Man Utd 5 - 0 Napoli (Hamsik OG, Cleverley, Young(2), Hernandez)
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Young, Cleverley, Hernandez

Our place in the final is practically assured as we made quick work of Napoli in the first leg with an impressive 5-0 win.

Man City 2 - 0 Man Utd (Toure Yaya, Aguero)
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Young, Cleverley, Hernandez

An unchanged line-up from the one that won 5-0 at Napoli, but we eventually succumbed to a 2-0 loss against our bitter rivals. Man City has overtaken us in the Premier League and is now at 1st place with 72 points while we are 2nd with 71 points. However, the good news is that we have three less games played so if we can make something work out of these three games, which we probably can, then our title dream is not yet over.

Champions' Cup Semi Final Leg 2
Napoli 1(1) - 1(6) Man Utd (Dossena/Jones)
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Jones, Vidic, Fabio, Carrick, Pogba, Valencia, Young, Hoilett, Rooney

Napoli gave it their all but could only get a goal out of us. We are now in the final of the Champions' Cup where we will face dreaded Barcelona. Will this be a repeat of last season's Champions' League final?

Wigan 0 - 3 Man Utd (Valencia, Cleverley, Welbeck)
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Hoilett, Cleverley, Welbeck

Welbeck never ceases to impress in every match he plays, and he created one and scored one in this match. All three points are ours, and we are nearing the end of April.
Man Utd 1 - 1 Everton (Hernandez/Tim Cahill)
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Jones, Smalling, Evra, Omar, Carrick, Valencia, Young, Cleverley, Welbeck

A disappointing draw at Everton as I felt I could have easily taken all three points.

Sunderland 1 - 2 Man Utd (Thygesen/Rooney, Hernandez)
Line-up: De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Vidic, Evra, Scholes, Pogba, Nani, Young, Rooney, Hernandez

I feel we could have won by a bigger margin, nonetheless we get three points and our hands are getting closer and closer to the Premier League title.

FA Cup Final
Derby 0 - 1 Man Utd (Fabio)
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Young, Rooney, Hernandez

I played my strongest starting eleven for the match and we piled the pressure on Derby, but their superb defending meant my team was restricted to efforts from long range which didn't work quite well. In the 85th minute when it looked like it was going into extra time, Giggs sent a free kick over into the box and substitute Fabio made a timely jump to head the ball into the net. We have now won the double, the League Cup and the FA Cup, and we could have a treble, or even something more, by the end of the season with the team being 1st in the Premier League with only three more games left to play, and also being in the Champions' League final. On the downside, Kyle Walker was yellow carded today and will now miss the last three matches of the season through suspension as he has already collected 15 yellow cards.

Man Utd 0 - 1 Liverpool (Gerrard)
Line-up: De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Vidic, Evra, Giggs, Carrick, Welbeck, Young, Cleverley, Rooney

We unbelivably lost to Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool, who were struggling in the early season but have defied their critics to soar to 5th in the Premier League. Our team didn't impress and our fans aren't too pleased about losing to our rivals, especially in such a crucial stage in the season.

Man Utd 3 - 0 Tottenham (Hernandez, Young, Nani)
Line-up: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Giggs, Omar, Nani, Young, Cleverley, Hernandez

We recovered from the loss to Liverpool quickly and made quick work of Spurs. With one more game left to play, we are 1st in the Premier League with 81 points while Man City are 2nd with 78 points. My GD is nine more than Man City's, so unless I lose 9-0 to West Bromwich in the last game of the season or Man City win 9-0, Man Utd will get the Premier League title. So I think it's safe to say we have already won the treble.
Man Utd 2 - 1 West Brom (Rooney, Vidic/Ferdinand OG)
Line-up: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Young, Rooney, Hernandez

We have officially completed the treble! This is incredible and it is brilliant to be able to win it in front of the United fans in Old Trafford. The bad news is that Hernandez suffered an injury and will be out for four to five weeks, which means he'll miss the Champions' League final.
Champions' League Final
Barcelona 3 - 1 Man Utd (Fabregas(3)/Young)
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Young, Cleverley, Rooney

We were unfortunately unable to make anything out of the Champions' League final and a Fabregas hat-trick sealed the Champions' Cup for Barcelona. Young netted a late consolation though, but that still didn't help to explain why the United team was performing so badly on such a big day. I am disappointed but the treble win has at least lifted some of my spirits.
You join me in late August after the new season has started.

Well, during the off-season, I made a couple of notable transfers which I will actually be showing later. I also took up the post of Great Britain U23s head coach for the London Olympics and I'll update on what happened with Team GB. I only used 16 players in my squad because shit happened and I thought there were 18, but no there were 16, and I realized that after I confirmed my squad, so yes it was a very stupid mistake and one that left me with an extreme shortage of players.

Great Britain U23s
1) Jason Steele (Middlesborough)
2) Kyle Walker (Man Utd)
3) Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
4) Phil Jones (Man Utd)
6) Robbie Cotton/Aaron Ramsey(Man Utd/Arsenal)
7) Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
8) Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
9) Danny Welbeck/Nathan Delfouneso(Man Utd/Aston Villa)
10) Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)
12) Chris Smalling (Man Utd)
13) Ben Amos (Man Utd)
14) Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
15) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
16) Jack Rodwell (Everton)
17) Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace)
18) Leighton Baines (Everton)

Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Leighton Baines were my 3 over 23s. They were originally David Beckham and Andy Johnson, only two, but I swapped Johnson out with Rooney who in the end didn't play a minute of the Olympics through a three-match suspension. David Beckham got injured and couldn't enter. Wales and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso was also part of my starting 16 for the Olympics but they both got themselves injured and had to be replaced with my new signing for Man Utd, Robbie Cotton, and Danny Welbeck respectively. Gerrard was the captain, Rooney the vice-captain though he didn't play, and Wilshere the captain if Gerrard and Rooney are both not around. I played the formation I normally use with Man Utd and the GBR team adapted to it pretty well I must say.

Olympics Group C
Great Britain U23s 2 - 4 Brazil U23s (Delfouneso(2)/Pato(2), Ganso, Dede)
Line-up: Steele, Walker, Smalling, Jones, Baines, Henderson, Rodwell, Chamberlain, Bale, Gerrard, Delfouneso

A horrible start to the Olympics and had me doubting whether we could even make it past the group stages. Pato struck first, but Delfouneso equalized and all seemed well, but then Ganso struck, Pato struck his second and there was still time for new Man City signing Dede to put in a header. Delfouneso got his second goal, unfortunately only a consolation one, late in the game. However, Gerrard has got himself injured and won't be available for most of the matches left. Jones will miss the next match through suspension.

Olympics Group C
Iran U23s 0 - 2 Great Britain U23s (Delfouneso, Smalling)
Line-up: Steele, Clyne, Smalling, Walker, Baines, Ramsey, Rodwell, Chamberlain, Bale, Wilshere, Delfouneso

A solid display overall as we played our first match without the captain. Walker filled in at center back and Crystal Palace youngster Clyne took his place at right-back. Delfouneso scored first in the 7th minute and Smalling increased our lead with a header in the 48th minute.

Olympics Group C
Egypt U23s 0 - 1 Great Britain U23s (Henderson)
Line-up: Amos, Walker, Smalling, Jones, Baines, Ramsey, Rodwell, Henderson, Chamberlain, Wilshere, Delfouneso

Could have got more goals but we restricted the Egypt team very well and they did practically nothing during the match although we got tons of yellow cards for it with Smalling, Chamberlain, Henderson, Baines and Delfouneso all booked. Henderson scored a beautiful one to put us into the quarter finals.

Olympics Quarter Final
Switzerland U23s 1 - 3 Great Britain U23s (Wilshere, Henderson, Rodwell)
Line-up: Amos, Clyne, Smalling, Walker, Bale, Ramsey, Rodwell, Henderson, Chamberlain, Wilshere, Welbeck

Delfouneso and Jones got themselves injured. Delfounesom, our top scorer so far, will miss the rest of the Olympics and Welbeck has been drafted in as a replacement. Jones will miss a majority of the matches like Gerrard and will only be available for selection in the Final if we get that far. Baines missed this match through suspension so Bale took his place at left back with Chamberlain taking up Bale's usual spot at the left wing with Jordan Henderson on the right. It was a great day for the midfield as they sunk Switzerland with their goals and made Welbeck look invisible.

Olympics Semi Final
Brazil U23s 0 - 2 Great Britain U23s (Chamberlain, Wilshere)
Line-up: Amos, Baines, Smalling, Walker, Bale, Cotton, Rodwell, Henderson, Chamberlain, Wilshere, Welbeck

No major changes but with Ramsey injured I handed his replacement Robbie Cotton a start and he did okay. Baines returned from suspension to fill in for the suspended Nathaniel Clyne on the right while Bale remaine at left back. This game was a very good comeback from our opening match against Brazil - we struggled to keep possession but showed goals were what won the match with Chamberlain scoring the opener in the 29th minute, it remained 1-0 and a Jack Wilshere penalty in the 61st minute boosted our hopes of reaching the final. We held on for a 2-0 win and now we will be in the final where we face Spain U23s.

Olympics Final
Spain U23s 2 - 0 Great Britain U23s (Bojan(2))
Line-up: Amos, Walker, Smalling, Jones, Baines, Gerrard, Rodwell, Chamberlain, Bale, Wilshere, Welbeck

Captain Gerrard made a losing comeback from injury and he also injured himself again in the 76th minute so bad news for Liverpool. Spain dominated the whole game and I feel the match could actually have been 5-0, Spain's attacking prowess tormented us the whole 90 minutes, which was disappointing as I filled in a strong starting eleven. I gave Wilshere a start in the attacking midfielder role instead of Gerrard who moved to central midfield, as he had been storming for our whole Olympics campaign, and he didn't disappoint but it wasn't enough to help us secure the gold.

And that is my short stint with national management and the Great Britain U23s, although I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge in taking a relatively young squad into such a big national tournament. I might be looking for a national job in future with this save but who knows? For now I'm completely concentrated on taking Man Utd to even greater heights. Also, I am very impressed by some of the Brazil and Spain youngsters and I might look to bring some of their youth to my Man Utd squad. My next update will be club-related since I have stepped down from my post as Great Britain U23s head coach, and I'll bring you all the transfers I've done as well as my pre-season friendlies and opening EPL matches.
could you post the final standings for the season?
1st) Man Utd, 84 points
2nd) Man City, 81 points
3rd) Liverpool, 74 points
4th) Tottenham, 72 points
5th) Arsenal, 71 points
6th) West Brom, 67 points
7th) Newcastle, 60 points
8th) Bolton, 60 points
9th) Chelsea, 57 points
10th) Stoke, 51 points
11th) Fulham, 48 points
12th) Everton, 47 points
13th) Wolves, 47 points
14th) Norwich, 43 points
15th) Swansea, 34 points
16th) QPR, 32 points
17th) Wigan, 31 points
18th) Sunderland, 30 points
19th) Aston Villa, 30 points
20th) Blackburn, 27 points

Chelsea and Everton managers both got sacked as a result... Blackburn, Villa and Sunderland were all relegated under Steve Kean/Alan Shearer, Alex McLeish/Zvonimir Soldo, and Martin O'Neill/Paul Lambert... Millwall, West Ham and Reading are promoted.
Glenn T's avatar Group Glenn T
10 yearsEdited
We have reached the end of August and these are the transfers I have done.

Transfers In
Robbie Cotton (Blackburn, Bosman + $2.9M compensation fee)
Nobert Paulus (Frankfurt, Bosman + $2.2M compensation fee)
Tony Trindade de Vilhena (Feyeenoord, $2.4M)
Eden Hazard (LOSC Lille, $55M)
Moises (Free)
Rene Adler (Leverkusen, Bosman)
Carlos Fierro (Chivas, $2.3M)
Sergi Roberto (Barcelona B, $11.25M)
Donovan Dupont (PSG, $7M)

Transfers Out
Joshua King (Huddersfield, $2.5M)
Ryan Tunnicliffe (Millwall, $1M)
Will Keane (Watford, Loan)
Dimitar Berbatov (Free)
Michael Owen (Free)
Reece Brown (Free)
Davide Petrucci (Free)
Frederic Veseli (Free)
Luke Giverin (Free)
Luke Hendrie (Free)
Scott Wootton (Free)
Oliver Norwood (Burnley, Free)
Robbie Brady (Brighton, Free)
Tyler Blackett (QPR, $650k)
Matt James (Doncaster, Free)
Bebe (Torino, $4M)
Park Ji-Sung (Newcastle, $3.8M)
Sean McGinty (Free)
Michele Fornasier (Free)
Jesse Lingard (Free)
Federico Macheda (Parma, Loan Fee $400k)
Michael Keane (Loan)

As you can see I released quite a lot of players including Dimitar Berbatov, who moved to PSG on a free, and Michael Owen who is, until now, still without a club. Bebe was just a really bad kid with little to no potential and I couldn't see Park getting any playing time in my squad with Valencia, Nani and occassionally Hoilett manning the right wing. Tunnicliffe, King and the rest of the youth players I released or sold just couldn't cut it. Macheda has also been loaned to Parma for a loan fee of $400k with a view to a permanent sale next summer.

Hazard is ours for $55M, I somewhat regretted this transfer but Hazard has got his United career off to a flying start, scoring two goals in his first two appearances for the club. The rest of the transfers except Rene Adler are ones for the future although I think I overspent a bit on them.

Robbie Cotton is a 17-year-old English central midfielder, Trindade de Vilhena is a 17-year-old Dutch attacking midfielder, Moises is also 17 and plays in the same position as Trindade but is Spanish, Fierro is an 18-year-old Mexican striker dubbed "the next Javier Hernandez" while Sergi Roberto is a 20-year-old Spanish central midfielder from Barcelona B. Nobert Paulus from Frankfurt and Donovan Dupont from PSG are both 15-year-olds with lots of potential and they'll be in my U18s. Paulus is a German central midfielder while Dupont is a French striker.
good story so far though i would like to see some screenshots..

and for the record you didnt win the TREBLE because that is teh Premier league , Fa cup and Champions league :D
Ohhhh :P
Toulouse FC 1 - 1 Man Utd (Josse/Hernandez)
Line-up: Adler, Valencia, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Young, Hazard, Hernandez

Walker and Rafael were both at the Olympics with Great Britain U23s and Brazil U23s respectively so I had to field in Valencia at right-back, he didn't show much enthusiasm and focus when not playing in his preferred right wing position but he still delivered a performance at least.

Inter 2 - 0 Man Utd (Alvarez, Lucio)
Line-up: Adler, Valencia, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Omar, Hazard, Nani, Frei, Trindade de Vilhena, Hernandez

A miserable match as Inter completely dominate us, we were lucky to walk away with a 2-0 loss as it could have easily been 5-0. The players were simply, not good enough. Facing bigger clubs has always been a problem for my squad as Arsenal always threatened in the matches we played together; Man City always dominates us as well; the Champions' League final against Barcelona and now against Inter. We definitely need to step it up abit. Then again I didn't field a full strength squad so maybe I can be forgiven?

Community Shield
Man City 3 - 3 Man Utd (Toure Yaya(2), Aguero/Hazard, Young, Carrick) P 3 - 5
Line-up: Adler, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Fletcher, Nani, Young, Hazard, Hernandez

De Gea was still at the Olympics so I had to give Adler his first official appearance for the club and with it, a trophy. Hazard also made a winning debut for the club. Fletcher, making his official Man Utd debut since November or December last year, also impressed. We were 2-0 up very quickly as Hazard and Young slotted two shots in coolly, but Man City's Yaya Toure made it 2-1 in the 27th minute and after the break, Aguero's beautiful strike made it 2-2 in the 71st minute. We had absolutely no time to recover and Yaya Toure's second made it 3-2 in the 77th minute. Thankfully, we didn't give up and Carrick pounced, seizing an equalizer in the 85th minute. It went down to penalties soon enough. Giggs, Barry, Young and Aguero all scored, but Adler saved Yaya Toure's kick. Nani scored next and Dzeko scored also to keep his side in it, but their happiness didn't last long as Carrick once again proved to be the hero as his penalty kick after Dzeko won us the Community Shield for the third time in a row.

Fulham 1 - 2 Man Utd (Villa/Fletcher(2))
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Fletcher, Nani, Young, Hazard, Rooney

Fletcher shamed Rooney today as he put the ball into the net twice to give us the winner. Rooney's poor finishing ensured we didn't get anything else and Fulham's new signing Mohamed Diame got the red in his very first league match for Fulham so that made it considerably easy for us.

Man Utd 4 - 1 Newcastle (Hazard, Jones, Rooney(2)/Steven Taylor)
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Jones, Vidic, Evra, Giggs, Fletcher, Valencia, Hoilett, Hazard, Hernandez

Our finishing was better in this match as we put in a quality performance. Rooney was subbed out in place of the poor Hernandez who wasn't having the best game of his career, and the England man put two past Tim Krul. Elsewhere there was also a beauty from my $55M signing Eden Hazard and also Jones' first goal for the club, a towering header.

Swansea 2 - 2 Man Utd (Dyer, Sinclair/Davies OG, Frei)
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Jones, Vidic, Fabio, Giggs, Fletcher, Valencia, Hoilett, Hazard, Rooney

A draw was never an option and the boys didn't do well at all, We were 1-0 up and when Dyer equalized for Swansea, Kerim Frei, playing in the left wing for the first time and making a return from the Reserve side, scored. However our shaky defense ensured Swansea managed to grab another equalizer in the form of Scott Sinclair.

Man Utd 0 - 4 Chelsea (Cavani, Andre Ayew(2), Ramires)
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Jones, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Roberto, Nani, Young, Hazard, Hernandez

Sergi Roberto, my signing from Barcelona B made his debut in this match but he didn't impress at all, sadly. Chelsea, under the new leadership of Louis van Gaal after Roberto Di Matteo was dismissed last season, played excellent football and their quality finishing hurt us a lot. I'm disappointed by a 4-0 loss especially at Old Trafford and I'll probably say something to my team about it.

Champions' League Group C
Man Utd 4 - 0 Ajax (Cleverley, Hernandez(3))
Line-up: De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Ferdinand, Fabio, Pogba, Fletcher, Valencia, Hoilett, Cleverley, Hernandez

A superb comeback from the Chelsea match as we won Ajax 4-0 in the Champions' League group stages.

Wolves 2 - 0 Man Utd (Hoilett OG, Kightly)
Line-up: De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Vidic, Fabio, Omar, Fletcher, Valencia, Young, Cleverley, Hernandez

Another bad performance from us in the league as we drop to 12th place in the table. A flurry of fouls as Rafael, Cleverley, Jones, Hoilett and Fabio are all booked. Young and Rafael are also out injured, Young will be out for 3 to 4 weeks while Rafael will return in 1 to 2 weeks.

League Cup Third Round
Blackpool 1 - 2 Man Utd (Cathcart/Welbeck, Hazard)
Line-up: Adler, Walker, Jones, Smalling, Evra, Pogba, Cotton, Nani, Hoilett, Hazard, Welbeck

Gave some of my youngsters a start and they didn't make much mistakes really, although Robbie Cotton and Sergi Roberto may need to buck up a little if they ever want to make the first team. Cotton, labeled the new Paul Scholes, didn't play too badly but not very well either and he was unsure of what to do during the match at times. After receiving a ball from the defense and getting closely marked by an opposition defender he hesitated to get the ball away to another teammate. However, I'm sure they'll improve over the coming years. Anyhow, I'm pleased with Hazard so far and he's been the best out of all my summer signings, although I would have expected nothing least considering he cost me a whooping $55M.

Man Utd 3 - 0 Bolton (Hazard, Welbeck, Nano OG)
Line-up: De Gea, Walker, Jones, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Fletcher, Valencia, Hoilett, Hazard, Welbeck

After suffering back-to-back losses in the Premier League against Chelsea and Wolves, we managed to get something out of Bolton. I gave Welbeck a start ahead of Hernandez (Rooney was out injured) and he did brilliant, scoring a goal. Hazard also looked great today as he scored from the penalty spot.

Rafael, Scholes, Nani, Frei, Young and Rooney are all out injured at the moment. Frei is the only long-term injury, out for three months or so after complaining about back pain after a Reserve match and has gone to see a specialist. The rest of my injured first-team players are expected to return in about one to two weeks I suppose.
Man Utd 12/13
1) David De Gea
2) Kyle Walker
3) Patrice Evra
4) Phil Jones
5) Rio Ferdinand
7) Eden Hazard
10) Wayne Rooney
11) Ryan Giggs
12) Chris Smalling
13) Rene Adler
14) Javier Hernandez
15) Nemanja Vidic
16) Michael Carrick
17) Nani
18) Ashley Young
19) Danny Welbeck
20) Fabio
21) Rafael
22) Paul Scholes
23) Tom Cleverley
24) Darren Fletcher
25) Antonio Valencia
26) Junior Hoilett
28) Sergi Roberto
32) Paul Pogba
33) Adnan Januzaj
34) Carlos Fierro
37) Omar
38) Robbie Cotton
39) Moises
40) Tony Trindade de Vilhena
42) Kerim Frei
By the way I've checked, as long as you have won three cups/title, regardless of what kind of trophy they are, you have won the treble. Excluding the Community Shield of course.
I suggest you sell Ferdinand, Giggs and Fletcher
Giggs and Ferdinand will retire at Man Utd, it seems weird to ship them out to other clubs.

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