"It's a 4-4-1-1 really. As I see it, the Manchester United way,” Scholes said.
After experimenting with some asymmetrical shapes for the last few weeks just to try and be different I thought it was time to go back to my favourite formation. As I have Man Utd supporting members of my family (they married in) We were talking about what Fergie played, where it had all gone wrong since he left and I mentioned the Paul Scholes quote.
It got me thinking tho, As I've always seen this as my favourite shape on FM since around 1999/00 Champ Man. So in my lower league save the last few seasons I've changed my tactics to a 4-4-1-1 with great success. You can also check out in the tactic testing. https://fm-base.co.uk/tactic-testing/. It's actually the most winningest tactic available. Racking up 60 wins in the sub-top. And is second overall!
Man Utd Circa 1999
Just to show this as an example of what SAF used, He actually played mostly this shape in important games in years to come especially away in Europe. But, It's considered the Man Utd way because of that Yorke/Teddy Sheringham role. Along side the wingers Beckham and Giggs. And the overlapping full backs. Most notable the relationship Beckham and Neville had. This obviously later evolved into what we call the 4-2-3-1 when that become more fashionable later in the 00's.
Throw Ins (Attribute above 12) If they have a long flat throw even better.
Left back-Left Throws
Right back- Right Throws
Corners (Attribute above 12)
Set to a winger
Training - Assistant
Tactical Briefing -- Assistant
Oppo Instructions - Assistant
If you go down to 10 - Lose the AMC
Top Tip, Do not sign players with rubbish determination, Have that in every position
GK - Handling, Command of Area, Kicking, Agility - Usual Attributes
CB - I always try to buy pace in whatever position, This is important to CB's this year as the engine seems to create a lot of balls over the top. If the CB's have pace tho, They can recover.
WBS - Long Throws, Pace, Crossing, Dribbling, Tackling Work Rate, Team Work
BWM - Look for someone who can be a BWM and also the attributes of a DLP as he will do his fair share of attacking in this position so you want him to be good on the ball as will often switch the play
MEZ - This is the best role for a goal scoring midfielder in the game he will help out defensively and the whole "he will be wide and leave gaps etc" does not apply this year
WING - Good Corner stats are a must, Pace Crossing Dribbling, Off the Ball, Left Footed for LW, Right Footed for RW
SS - Works great with an Advanced forward and links the play as well in the hole, also will look to get as get beyond the striker to score goals.
ST - Pace again, Acceleration, Dribbling, Finishing, Anticipation, Composure, Off the Ball - Really spearheads the attacks and will split the two CB's and drive at the heart of attacks, Stretching the play and either score himself or wait for his mate to get along side him.
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