FM11: Official Manchester United Thread


Jun 28, 2009
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A Brief Club History...

Manchester United are one of the most famous names in world football and have been the most successful in England since the inception of the Premier League in 1992. After a barren spell of 26 years without a league championship United finally topped the table in 1992-93 and have since won another 10 titles under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson to equal Liverpool's record of 18 titles.

However, the fame, glamour and success of the modern day heroes is a far cry from the club's humble origins as Newton Heath. Founded by railway workers in 1878, Newton Heath eventually joined the Football League in 1892 and their name was changed to Manchester United a decade later. Under this new guise the club celebrated its first league championship in 1908.

Despite some early successes, the club spent many seasons in the old 2nd Division and it is not until after the Second World War that United's modern day reputation began to find solid foundations. Matt Busby arrived at a time when United were playing home matches at Maine Road due to bomb damage to Old Trafford but soon developed a young team capable of challenging the best in the country. After winning three league titles in the 50s, the 'Busby Babes' were tragically decimated by the Munich air crash of February 1958 where 23 people lost their lives, among them some of the most talented footballers of their generation such as Duncan Edwards, Liam Whelan and Tommy Taylor.

Sir Alex's current starting XI...

GK – Edwin van der Sar - joined United from Fulham at the beginning of the 2005/06 season. The experienced Dutchman started his career at Ajax, winning a Champions League winners medal in 1995. He has proven to be a top class goalkeeper for United who had been desperately searching for an able replacement for Peter Schmeichel following his departure in 1999.

DR – Rafael da Silva - Rafael and his twin brother Fábio first came to the attention of United scouts in 2005 and both eventually signed for the club in January 2008. An attacking full-back, Rafael impressed greatly in his 1st season, immediately staking a claim for a regular first team spot. Despite a sticky 2nd season, Rafael remains an excellent long term prospect for United and received his first call up to the senior Brazil squad in July 2010.

DL - Patrice Evra – the jet-propelled French left back has been a firm favourite with the Old Trafford faithful since his arrival from Monaco in 2006. After recovering from a troublesome start, Evra has since made the left back berth his own and has proven to be a bargain at £5.5m. Although nominally a defender, Evra plays an important part in United's attacking play with his tireless bursts on the left flank.

DC – Nemanja Vidic – signed in the same transfer window as Evra, Vidic is a no nonsense defender in the mould of former United captain Steve Bruce. Signed from Spartak Moscow, Vidic has established himself as one of the leading centre backs in the European game and has been named as United captain for the 2010/11 campaign.

DC – Rio Ferdinand – despite costing in the region of £30m from Leeds United, Rio has proved his worth to United time and again and has been pivotal in the club's success over the past 8 years. A classy and composed defender, Rio is the perfect partner to Vidic's more abrasive style. Increasingly troubled by injury, Rio's fitness remains crucial to United's hopes for further silverware.

MR - Nani – following the unfortunate injury to Antonio Valencia, Nani now has the perfect opportunity to showcase his exceptional talent in his favourite position on a regular basis. Signed from Sporting Lisbon in 2007, Nani spent his early days in the shadow of compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo. His performances in 2010 have shown that he is ready to become a key member in United's attack for years to come.

ML – Ryan Giggs – the most decorated player in English football history, Giggs is a credit to Manchester United and the game of football itself. Almost 20 years on from his United debut, Giggs has since surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's club appearance record and is still an important member of the 1st team squad. No longer the flying winger of yester-year, Giggs has adapted his game to cope with his loss of pace and can still unlock a tight defence with an astute pace, cross or flick.

MC – Paul Scholes – another unassuming United legend, Scholes is surely the greatest midfielder United have produced since Charlton. A fixture in the United team since 1995, Scholes continues to be United's chief source of inspiration in the centre of the park with his exceptional range of passing and has started the 2010/11 season in vintage style.

MC – Darren Fletcher – another product of United's academy, Fletcher has become the heartbeat of the United midfield. Fletcher has been a part of the United 1st team squad since 2003/04 and has blossomed in recent years to become a key player for the club. Now Scotland captain, his combative nature and non-stop workrate on the pitch, combined with a level headed maturity off it, mark him out as a future United skipper also.

ST – Wayne Rooney – a phenomenal talent from the age of 16 in Everton's 1st team, Rooney signed for United following his remarkable performance at Euro 2004 when still only 18. Still only in his mid-20s, Rooney has potentially another decade at the top of his profession and has already notched over 150 goals for United. Injury and off the field troubles have caused a dip in his fine 2009/10 performance, but a return to form is surely only a matter of time for such a gifted footballer.

ST – Dimitar Berbatov – signed for a club record fee from Tottenham in 2008 the Bulgarian star is one of Europe's most gifted strikers on his day and is starting to show his best form for United at the begininning of the 2010/11 season. Criticised for his lackadaisical demeanour by some, his natural talent and flair is unquestionable.

Football Manager Information


Nation - England
Year Founded - 1878
Status - Professional
Reputation - Worldwide
Chairman Status - Loves the club
Legends Sir Alex Ferguson, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona, Duncan Edwards, Denis Law, Sir Matt Busby, George Best
Icons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes,Steve Bruce, Gary Neville, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Peter Schmeichel, David Beckham
Favoured PersonnelBrian Kidd, Wayne Rooney, Brian McClair, Nicky ****, Phil Neville, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mark Hughes
Derbies Manchester Derby (vs Man City), Roses Derby (vs Leeds), North-West Derby (vs Liverpool)
Fierce RivalsLiverpool, Man City, Leeds
Other RivalsArsenal, Bolton, Chelsea
Finances - Rich
Average Ticket Price£39.00
Average Season Ticket Price - £730
Estimated Value - £344M (Loan Debt: £664M)
Continental Competition -UEFA Champions League
StadiumOld Trafford, 75797 all seater
Training Facilities - Top Training Facilities
Youth FacilitiesGood youth Facilities + Youth Academy
Youth RecruitmentWell established youth recruitment
Captain = Nemanja Vidic - Vice-captain = Gary Neville
Expections Minimum expectation is a title challenge
Transfer BudgetWinner - £21.5m/£1.8m per week in wages or Title Challenge - £17.5m in transfers/£1.6m in wages


Jun 28, 2009
First Team Squad 2010/11

Here are the players in contention for First Team spots in your opening season:

Edwin van der Sar - GK – Age 39
Tomasz Kuszczak - GK – Age 28
Ben Amos - GK – Age 20
John O'Shea – D RLC – Age 29
Wes Brown – D RC – Age 30
Rio Ferdinand – D C – Age 31
Jonny Evans – D C – Age 22
Nemanja Vidic – D C – Age 28
Gary Neville – D R – Age 35
Rafael – D R, WB R – Age 19
Fábio – D LR, WB LR – Age 19
Patrice Evra – D L, WB L – Age 29
Chris Smalling – D C – Age 20
Michael Carrick – M C, DMC – Age 28
Darren Fletcher – M C – Age 26
Owen Hargreaves – D MC, M C – Age 29
Anderson – M C – Age 22
Paul Scholes – M C – Age 35
Darron Gibson – M C – Age 22
Nani – AM RL – Age 23
Park Ji-Sung – AM RLC – Age 29
Gabriel Obertan – AM RL – Age 21
Antonio Valencia – AM R – Age 24
Bebé – AM RL – Age 19
Ryan Giggs – AM LC – Age 36
Dimitar Berbatov – ST – Age 29
Wayne Rooney – ST – Age 24
Javier Hernández – ST – Age 22
Michael Owen – ST – Age 30
Federico Macheda – ST – Age 18

Should you be concerned about the new Premier League rules that limit squad size to 25 players though? In a word, no. The new rules specify that you require 8 of your chosen 25 to be homegrown players – of the 30 players listed above, 14 qualify as homegrown. Also, in the first season players born on or after 1st January 1989 are exempt from registration. So, for example, the Da Silva twins, Macheda, Bebé, etc., can be picked for Premier League matches without having been registered. It is something you should keep an eye on if you are planning a long term game though.

Squad Analysis

So Sir Alex has finally stepped down after 24 years and the reins have been handed over to you. Daunting? Well, it shouldn't be really. The reason being is that you inherit a very good squad that is capable of challenging for all the main prizes in the first season of the game. Certainly some key members of the squad are the wrong side of thirty and the Glazers' control of finances means that transfer funds will not be as readily available as years gone by (or at Manchester City obviously) but this is not real life and the AI is always beatable in the long term.

The great thing about Football Manager and what makes the game enjoyable is that you can do what you like with the personnel of the squad or the tactical shape of the team. You are under no obligation to buy the likes of Dzeko, Neymar, Sakho, Otamendi, etc everytime you play a United save. So if you see Joey Barton as Paul Scholes' long term successor in midfield or you reckon John O'Shea could make a useful targetman up front then go for it – this OP is not designed to tell you how Man Utd should play in the game, nor are the formations below the best or only ones possible to be successful. There are literally hundreds of players you can buy and styles of play you can adopt which will still allow United to remain competitive in FM11. I'll highlight the areas of the team that are in the greatest need of strengthening but will shy away from giving names for potential replacements – you have a terrific, world-wide scouting network at United that will provide you with a multitude of world class potential signings in no time if you wish to use it.

One quick tip if you hope to develop your youth squads – don't simply leave your young hopefuls in the reserves until they're 20 hoping your top class coaches will always bring them to the peak of their PA. Give them occasional 1st team appearances, utilise the tutoring option and make good use of the loan system. A good rule of thumb is to allow youth players to drop down a division or two on loan when they're 18 or 19, however always make sure the club you're sending them to are promising 1st team action. You'll be stunting a young players development if he gets three substitute appearances in 6 months in the Championship for instance. It is also useful to have the league you're sending the player to as a playable league on full detail e.g. if you haven't selected Belgium as a playable, active league in your game world then sending players on loan to Antwerp will be a waste of time in my opinion.

Now onto the 1st team squad:


Straight away we come to the area of the team that is most in need of new blood. Van der Sar will be 40 by the time your first season ends and, while he is still a good goalkeeper, you will almost certainly see plenty of the dreaded red arrows showing a decline in his attributes within a few months. Kuszczak is average but is perfectly fine to have around as a back up. I'd be looking to buy a top class goalkeeper in the first window if you possibly can.


No concerns here. Evra remains one of the finest left backs in the game and is still the right side of his 30th birthday. In reserve you have more defensive option in John O'Shea and the potential of Fábio. The one concern is that only Evra of these three is naturally left footed, so if you prefer your full backs to overlap and get plenty of crosses in you may want sell O'Shea and bring in a naturally left sided player. Fábio is an option to send on loan in the first season in my opinion which could help his development.

Youth Prospect: Fábio


Not an area of the field where United have had genuine standout performer since age and injury have seen Gary Neville slip out of the side. I'd only use Neville in an emergency now but would keep him around as he'd have no value in the transfer market. He can also be used as a tutor for the young players and is potentially a very useful coach. The other main contenders for RB are Wes Brown, Rafael and John O'Shea. Any of the three could quite easily fill in without letting the side down but my personal preference would be Rafael due to his pace and greater attacking ability. Also, first team exposure can only see him improve. Brown is a possible candidate to sell if you wish to bring in some funds. The joker in the pack here is Owen Hargreaves. If you can get him fit and somewhere near his best (sadly a big if) I think he'd be the best right back at the club. Its an option anyhow.

Youth Prospect: Rafael


Another area of the team that should remain strong for 2-3 years at least with the current personnel. Rio, while getting towards the veteran stage, is still a world class CB as is Nemanja Vidic. You also have experienced options such as Wes and JOS to call upon while Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are able young deputies that you should try to develop as best you can. Others may disagree but I see no urgency to bring in further centre backs in the first transfer window.

Youth Prospect: Smalling, Luke McCullough

Centre Midfield

Let's see who we have here – Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Darren Fletcher, Owen Hargreaves & Darron Gibson (plus Ryan Giggs and Park Ji-Sung can also fill in). Despite the numbers, centre midfield is an area I'd be looking to spend big to bring in a truly world class creative player. As good as Scholes is his fitness is a worry in FM as he'll struggle to complete a full game, nevermind 2 or 3 games in a week. Anderson's inability to shoot prevents him being a top attacking midfielder although he has obvious strengths, just make sure you set his Long Shots to 'rarely'. Michael Carrick is more of a deep-lying playmaker, and I'd keep him as he remains a very good player in FM11. Fletcher is the most reliable MC you have and can play the box-to-box or ball-winning roles superbly. Again, if you can manage to get Hargreaves fit he can challenge Fletcher for the engine-room role. Gibson is an average player and is an obvious candidate for transfer. So, in conclusion, find the new Paul Scholes and get Uncle Malcolm to sign a big, fat cheque.

Youth Prospect: Matt James, Paul Pogba, Davide Petrucci


Who you play on the right and left wings depends if you prefer your wingers to be traditional, touchline-hugging players who will look to cross regularly to a centre forward or inside forwards who play on the 'wrong' side while looking to cut inside and get efforts in on goal. Personally I'd prefer to play Nani on the left for that reason, as he's deadly at getting shots in from range after cutting onto his stronger right foot. What makes Nani so useful is that he's pretty good with his left foot too, so you can play him as a traditional winger or inside forward on either side. Antonio Valencia is the out and out winger on the right + you dont have to worry about his injury at the start of FM11. Park is a useful player in that he's versatile although somewhat limited as an attacking player. That being said I've found that he performed well in previous FM's and is often quite an underrated option. Giggs, like Scholes, remains a quality player but will struggle to complete games due to his age. Also, if you intend playing him as a left winger as opposed to more centrally, I'd be looking to adjust his default settings as his pace isn't going to allow him to beat many Premier League full-backs in FM. Perhaps upping his through balls and dropping his 'runs with ball' options would allow him to operate more to his strengths. Gabriel Obertan and Bebé have potential but will need developing to get them near to regular first team action, both are prime candidates for being sent on loan (not both at the same time though as you'll want one as cover). Might also be useful to give youth prospect Ravel Morrison some match time as a sub in games that you are comfortable in. In summary, I'd have Nani on the team on either side for every important game and wouldn't be against the idea of cashing in on Valencia at the end of season one and buying another AM RL of similar quality to Nani as a replacement.

Youth Prospect: Bebé, Tom Cleverley (on loan at Wigan until May 2011), Ravel Morrison


This is the area where many FM players will love to spend big bucks to aquire the sevices of a marquee name player. The thing with United is that I don't think you need to, certainly not for a season or two. Despite a loss of form in real life, Wayne Rooney remains one of the best strikers in the world in FM and is rounded enough to play virtually any of the striking roles the game allows. Personally I'd be inclined to play him as an advanced striker with Berbatov alongside either as a trequartista or deep lying forward – obviously the roles you assign your strikers and whether you even play two up front depend solely on your tactical preference, or the difficulty of the particular match at hand. An exciting addition to the United squad for FM11 is Javier Hernández who is certainly good enough to step in if Rooney and Berbatov need a rest. Federico Macheda has great potential and should also be given opportunities to aid his development (just as Fergie has been doing this season). That leaves Michael Owen who would be 5th choice for me and would be a player I'd be happy to sell before his value drops too far. Don't forget that Danny Welbeck returns from his loan to Sunderland for the start of 2011/12 and he offers another option up front.

Youth Prospect: Macheda, Will Keane

Formation & Tactics

I'll keep this final section quite brief (of course there will be pages upon pages written about the tactical side of the game on this website, so if you are new to the game I'd certainly recommend checking some of the ideas that much better FM players than me subscribe to). The one thing you will notice playing as Man Utd is that you will be expected to win most games, particularly at Old Trafford. The reason being is that you have one of the best teams in Europe obviously! That being the case you can be reasonably adventurous with your tactics. I've posted three formations below (assuming the starting squad is injury free) that are fairly standard, however don't assume that a 4-4-2 is necessarily more attacking that a 4-5-1. The attacking mentality of your side will depend on your defensive line, your tempo, width and if you instruct midfielders and particularly full-backs to make forward runs.

The first screen is a fairly traditional 4-4-2 that would have both full-backs bombing forward to support the attack. I'd be happy to begin most home games this way, with a high defensive line and a fairly fast tempo. The one thing you'll need to do is adapt your style and formation to suit the ebb and flow of a game. For instance, if you are 1-0 up against Chelsea in the 75th minute it would make sense to drop deeper, play narrower, slow down the tempo and time waste. If you see the AI starting to take risks by pushing their d-line close to the half way line in search of a late equaliser, take advantage by trying to catch them on the counter. This is where the occasional direct ball over a defence to a pacey striker, say Hernández, could kill off the opposition in one fell swoop.

This formation perhaps looks more defensively solid with a DMC employed but I'd have Carrick as a deep-lying playmaker trying to instigate attacks as opposed to a purely defensive anchor man. Nani becomes even more important in this postion as you will be hoping he can contribute a fair amount of goals cutting in from the left. One thing about using Valencia in this formation is that I wouldn't have him as an orthodox winger, solely because he'll be racing to the by-line and swinging crosses to Anderson, Rooney and Nani who will struggle to beat a big strapping CB to get a header on goal. By all means try and get him behind his marker but adjust his settings so that he is trying to pick passes or run directly at goal as opposed to crossing all the time. Again as before, always adapt your style to suit the situation of the game. If you are struggling to hold onto a lead late in a game, maybe bring your wingers back to ML & MR positions or use a DMC in a more defensive role shielding the back four, this is where Hargreaves will come in handy.

A formation using an AMC doesn't really suit United as only two senior players are listed as 'accomplished' in the role – Ryan Giggs and Park Ji-Sung (could be a challenge attempting to develop Magnus Eikrem, Bebé or Davide Petrucci up to a Premier League standard here). The only real difference between this formation on purely default settings and the previous one is that one of your MC's will have to take on a greater defensive responsibility, Fletcher in this instance.


Realistically you should be aiming to win all the major trophies even in your 1st season with United. Sure Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal are strong but why not aim for a clean sweep of honours? Certainly it won't be easy, but its only a game and its possible to win trophies with much smaller clubs than United.

But most of all, have fun and enjoy!

Patch 11.3 Update

Below are the changes in 11.3 United from the 11.2 patch. Please note that the the spoiler tags indicate changes to player Current Abilities (CA) & Potential Abilities (PA) so if you don't like to know those don't look!

Club Information

Estimated Valuewas £453m (loan debt: £740m) now £466m (loan debt: £508m)
Transfer Budgetwas £17.5m now £14m
Loans Outstandingthere were two bank loans of £509m (£8.06m per month until 29-1 2017) & £231m (£2.97m per month until 16-8-2017). The two loans are now £250m (£3.99m per month until 1-2-2017) and £258m (£4.06m per month until 1-2-2017).
Staff departuresOle Gunnar Solskjaer (Coach), Richard Hartis (GK Coach),
Staff additionsGary Neville (Youth Coach), Alan Fettis (GK Coach)

First Team Squad

Edwin van der Sar - Retiring on 30-06-2011

Anders Lindegaard - now in the 1st team squad

Wes BrownWork Rate 17 down to 15, Acceleration 14 down to 12, Stamina 16 down to 14
CA 155 down to 150

Rio Ferdinand Influence 16 up to 17 Agility 14 down to 13
CA 175 down to 174

Jonny EvansDecisions 14 down to 12, Composure 13 down to 12
Personality changed from 'light-hearted' to 'resolute'.
CA 151 down to 148, PA 174 down to 170

Nemanja Vidic Influence 12 up to 16, Positioning 17 up to 18
CA 175 up to 176

RafaelCrossing 14 up to 15, Dribbling 13 up to 14, Heading 9 up to 12, Tackling 13 up to 14, Aggression 14 up to 15, Bravery 14 up to 15, Concentration 12 up to 13, Decision 10 up to 11, Positioning 10 up to 12, Teamwork 13 up to 14, Work Rate 15 up to 16, Agility 15 up to 17
Wage changed from £10,000 to £15,000 per week
Description changed from 'Full-back' to 'Wonderkid'
Reputation changed from 'National' to 'Continental'
CA 140 up to 150, PA changed from -9 to 170

FabioPassing 11 up to 12, Positioning 8 up to 9 Influence 10 down to 8
Positions – Midfield (Centre) was Unconvincing now Competent, Midfield (Right), Attacking Midfield (Right), Attacking Midfield (Centre) were Awkward now Unconvincing
CA 123 up to 126

Patrice Evra Concentration 17 down to 16
CA 172 down to 171

Michael Carrick – Positions - Defender (Centre) Awkward added.
CA 157 down to 156, PA 165 down to 162

Owen Hargreaves -
PA 172 down to 170

Darren FletcherMarking 14 down to 13, Balance 15 down to 14
CA 162 down to 160, PA 167 down to 165

Paul Scholes Composure 19 up to 20, Concentration 14 up to 16, Pace 9 up to 10, Stamina 8 up to 10
CA 156 up to 160

Nani Corners 17 down to 12 Concentration 12 up to 13, Decisions 10 up to 12, Determination 13 up to 14, Work Rate 13 up to 14, Agility 13 up to 16, Stamina 13 up to 14, Strength 11 up to 12
Personality changed from 'Spirited' to 'Fairly Ambitious'
Preferred foot changed from Right to Either
PPM 'shoots with power' added
CA 156 up to 163, PA 172 up to 174

Park Ji SungInfluence 7 up to 10

Antonio ValenciaCorners 13 up to 14

Ryan Giggs – Contract extended from 30-06-2011 to 30-06 2012

Anderson – Free Kicks 13 up to 14. Teamwork 15 up to 16, Positioning 9 up to 10, Decisions 10 up to 11, Strength 16 up to 17 Stamina 17 down to 12
Contract extended from 30-06-2012 to 30-06 2015
Wage changed from £20,000 to £30,00o per week
Positions - Attacking Midfield (Centre) was Competent now Accomplished
Personality changed from 'Jovial' to 'Spirited'
CA 150 up to 152, PA 168 up to 170

Dimitar BerbatovAgility 14 up to 15
Favoured Clubs – CSKA Sofia added
CA 164 up to 165

Michael OwenCrossing 10 up to 12 First Touch 14 down to 13, Passing 12 down to 11, Off the Ball 19 down to 18, Stamina 14 down to 13
Positions - Attacking Midfield (Centre) was Competent now Awkward, Attacking Midfield (Right) was Unconvincing now Awkward
CA 145 down to 142, PA 182 down to 176

Wayne Rooney First Touch 16 down to 15, Balance 18 down to 17, Pace 16 down to 15
PPM – 'shoots from distance' removed
Favoured Clubs – Celtic added
CA 181 down to 178, 186 down to 184

Javier Hernandez Influence 10 down to 8 Off the Ball 14 up to 16, Jumping 10 up to 13, Pace 16 up to 17
PPM – 'tries to beat offside trap' added
CA 145 up to 148

Gary Neville has retired from the playing staff

Reserve Team Squad

Please note that there are many players here and in the U18 squad with random attributes they will have some different stats each time you start a game. As such I haven't listed attribute changes for some players here.

Ben Amos – now on a season long loan at Oldham
Anticipation 10 up to 11, Bravery 10 up to 11, Acceleration 7 up to 12
Please note that there are many players here and in the U18 squad with random attributes they will have some different stats each time you start a game. As such I haven't listed attribute changes for some players here.
CA 99 up to 100

Ritchie De Laet – now on a season long loan at Portsmouth

Reece BrownCrossing 8 up to 9, Off the Ball 4 up to 8, Balance 6 up to 8, Jumping 14 up to 15, Stamina 8 up to 11, Strength 10 up to 12
Positions – Wing Back (Right) was Unconvincing now Awkward
CA 60 up to 65, PA down from -7 to -6

Joe Dudgeon – now on a season long loan at Carlisle
Influence 5 up to 9, Off the Ball 4 up to 8, Balance 6 up to 8, Jumping 14 up to 15, Stamina 8 up to 11, Strength 10 up to 12
Positions – Defender (Centre) was Unconvincing now Awkward

Oliver GillPositioning 10 up to 11
Foot Strength – Left was Strong now Fairly Strong
PA up from -5 to -6

Scott WoottonDribbling 3 up to 7, Finishing 2 up to 8, Free Kick Taking 1 up to 2, Marking 8 up to 9, Creativity 5 up to 7, Composure 6 up to 8, Bravery 8 up to 10, Balance 7 up to 8, Pace 10 up to 11
CA up from 66 to 76

Chris Smalling First Touch 9 up to 11, Technique 11 up to 12, Composure 9 up to 10, Concentration 10 up to 12, Positioning 12 up to 13, Accelaration 7 up to 12, Agility 8 up to 10, Balance 9 up to 10, Pace 10 up to 14 Influence 13 down to 12
CA up from 115 to 132, PA up from 145 to 160

Marnick Vermijl – Finishing 4 up to 7, Positioning 6 up to 8, Off the Ball 6 up to 8, Agility 8 up to 10, Balance 9 up to 10, Pace 10 up to 14 Jumping 10 down to 8, pace 15 down to 14
Positions – Midfielder (Right) had no rating now accomplished, Midfielder (Left) had no rating now competent

Corry Evans – now on a season long loan to Hull
Composure 9 up to 10, Decisions 11 up to 13, Agility 10 up to 12, Balance 9 up to 10, Pace 10 up to 14 Jumping 10 down to 8, pace 15 down to 14
Positions – Defender (Centre) was accomplished now competent
CA up from 98 to 102

Matt James – no longer on loan at Preston

Oliver Norwood Creativity 11 up to 12 Pace 12 down to 11
CA up from 84 to 85

Ryan Tunnicliffe Bravery 13 up to 16, Concentration 9 up to 10, Off the Ball 7 up to 8, Teamwork 12 up to 13, Work rate 14 up to 15, Balance 8 up to 10, Stamina 13 up to 14, Strength 10 up to 11
CA up from 70 to 75

Gabriel ObertanFinishing 7 up to 10, Long Shots 11 up to 13, Off the Ball 12 up to 13

Tom Cleverley -
CA up from 128 to 129

BebeCorners 9 up to 10, Dribbling 11 up to 13, Marking 4 up to 5, Passing 9 up to 12, Penalty 9 up to 10, Technique 11 up to 12, Anticipation 8 up to 10, Concentration 6 up to 8, Teamwork 6 up to 9, Work Rate 9 up to 12, Acceleration 13 up to 17, Jumping 10 up to 13, Pace 14 up to 16, Strength 14 up to 15 Finishing 14 down to 12, Long Shots 14 down to 12, Bravery 12 down to 8, Composure 9 down to 8, Creativity 9 down to 6, Influence 8 down to 5, Balance 14 down to 13, Stamina 13 down to 12
Positions – Attacking Midfield (Left) was Natural now Accomplished, Attacking Midfield (Centre) was Accomplished now Awkward, Striker was Unconvincing now Competent
Foot Strength – Left was Fairly Strong now Reasonable
Place of Birth – Lisbon (Portugal) changed to Cacem (Potugal)
2nd Nationality of Cape Verdean added
CA up from 113 to 123

Davide Petrucci – Estimated time of recovery from hip injury reduced from 7/8 months to 5/6 months

Danny Drinkwater – now on loan at Watford and not Cardiff
Tacking 10 up to 11, Decisions 10 up to 11, Stamina 13 up to 15, Strength 8 up to 9 Finishing 11 down to 10, Free Kick Taking 14 down to 13, Passing 15 down to 14, Anticipation 13 down to 12, Composure 11 down to 10, Flair 13 down to 12, Natural Fitness 14 down to 12, Pace 13 down to 12
CA down from 109 to 108

Nick Ajose – now on a season long loan at Bury
Crossing 7 up to 8, Dribbling 9 up to 10, Finishing 10 up to 11, First Touch 8 up to 9, Free Kick Taking 4 up to 5, Heading 3 up to 4, Long Shots 3 up to 4, Marking 1 up to 2, Passing 5 up to 6, penalty 3 up to 4, Technique 9 up to 10, Anticipation 5 up to 6, Composure 6 up to 9, Creativity 4 up to 5, Decisions 6 up to 7, Influence 2 up to 3, Off the Ball 8 up to 9, Positioning 1 up to 2, Teamwork 10 up to 11, Acceleration 14 up to 15, Agility 7 up to 8, Balance 7 up to 8, Jumping 5 up to 6, Pace 14 up to 15, Stamina 7 up to 8, Strength 6 up to 7
Contract – extended two years, wage up to £1,000 from £450
Positions – Striker now Natural from Accomplished, Attcking Midfield (Left) Accomplished from Natural
CA up from 75 to 85, PA up from -6 to -7

Federico Machedanow on season long loan at Sampdoria
Free Kick Taking 5 up to 8, Heading 12 up to 13, Long Shots 9 up to 10, Anticipation 12 up to 13, Bravery 8 up to 10, Off the Ball 13 up to 14
Pace 14 down to 13

Danny Welbeck Corners 5 up to 6, Crossing 7 up to 9, Dribbling 11 up to 14, Free Kick Taking 3 up to 4, Heading 9 up to 14, Long Shots 7 up to 8, Long Throws 2 up to 3, Marking 2 up to 3, Passing 8 up to 9, Penalty 9 up to 10, Tackling 2 up to 3, Technique 12 up to 13, Aggression 7 up to 8, Anticipation 7 up to 8, Composure 10 up to 11, Concentration 10 up to 11, Creativity 7 up to 8, Decisions 8 up to 9, Off the Ball 12 up to 14, Positioning 3 up to 4, Teamwork 9 up to 10, Acceleration 16 up to 17, Agility 15 up to 17, Jumping 12 up to 13, Pace 16 up to 18, Stamina 9 up to 10, Strength 10 up to 11
CA 126 up to 137

Mame Biram DioufDribbling 9 up to 10, Creativity 7 up to 9, Work Rate 16 up to 17, Balance 12 up to 13, Stamina 12 up to 13, Strength 12 up to 13
CA up from 132 to 134

Joshua King – no longer on loan at Preston
Finishing 11 down to 9 (editor says 12 > 10 though)

James Chester, Cameron Stewart & Magnus Eikrem have left the club

Under 18 Squad

Sam Johnstone Kicking 9 up to 10, Throwing 11 up to 12 Command Of Area 10 down to 9

Joe Coll
54 down to 50

Alberto Massacci Aggression 8 up to 11
PA -7 down to -6

Michael Keane – Positions – Defender (Left) was Awkward now Unconvincing, Wing Back (Right) was Unconvincing now Awkward

Luke Giverin – Positions – Wing Back (Left) was Unconvincing now Awkward

Tyler Blackett – Preferred foot changed from Right to Left
Foot Strength – Left changed from Reasonable to Very Strong, Right changed from Very Strong to Reasonable
Positions – Defender (Left) was Accomplished now Natural, Defender (Centre) was Natural now Accomplished, Wing Back (Left) & Midfield (Left) both had no rating now Awkward
Nationality – now declared for England
CA up from 50 to 54

Charni Ekangamene - Nationality – now declared for Belgium
Other Nationalies – France added
Favoured Personnel – Gyliano van Velzen added
Positions – Defender (Left) was Competent now Natural, Wing Back (Left) had no rating now Unconvincing, Midfield (Centre) was Awkward now Accomplished, Midfield (Right) was Unconvincing now Competent, Attacking Midfield (Left) was Accomplished now Competent, Striker was Natural now Unconvincing

Tom ThorpeMarking 8 up to 10, Passing 7 up to 8, Anticipation 11 up to 13, Composure 10 up to 11, Concentration 9 up to 10, Decisions 8 up to 9
CA up from 68 to 70

Luke McCullough -
CA 62 down to 55

Michele FornasierJumping 11 up to 12, Strength 10 to 11
CA 58 up to 63

Larnell ColeFlair 8 up to 12

CA 58 up to 63

Positions – Attacking Midfield (Right) was Awkward now Competent
CA 57 up to 58

Paul PogbaFinishing 8 up to 9, Long Shots 7 up to 10, Technique 12 up to 13, Creativity 8 up to 9, Decisions 8 up to 9, Off the Ball 6 up to 8, Work Rate 10 up to 11 Teamwork 9 up to 10, Agility 9 up to 10 Influence 12 down to 8
CA 74 up to 83, PA -8 up to -9

Ravel MorrisonCorners 8 up to 9, Crossing 4 up to 7, Dribbling 12 up to 13, Finishing 9 up to 10, First Touch 12 up to 13, Free Kick Taking 4 up to 5, Heading 3 up to 4, Long Shots 5 up to 6, Long Throws 3 up to 4, Marking 2 up to 3, Passing 9 up to 10, Penalty 11 up to 12, Tackling 1 up to 2, Technique 13 up to 14, Anticipation 6 up to 7, Composure 8 up to 9, Concentration 7 up to 8, Creativity 10 up to 11, Decisions 8 up to 9, Off the Ball 9 up to 10, Positioning 2 up to 3, Teamwork 6 up to 7, Work Rate 8 up to 9, Acceleration 14 up to 15, Agility 9 up to 10, Balance 11 up to 12, Jumping 6 up to 7, Pace 14 up to 15, Stamina 6 up to 7, Strength 5 up to 7
CA 78 up to 88

Gyliano van Velzen - Favoured Personnel – Charni Ekangamene added
CA 65 down to 62

Jesse Lingard – Corners 5 up to 10
CA up from 54 to 56

John Cofie – Corners 1 up to 2, Crossing 3 up to 4, Dribbling 4 up to 5, Finishing 9 up to 10, First Touch 8 up to 9, Free Kick Taking 3 up to 4, Heading 7 up to 8, Long Shots 4 up to 5, Marking 1 up to 2, Passing 5 up to 6, Penalty 7 up to 8, Tackling 2 up to 3, Technique 8 up to 9, Anticipation 5 up to 6, Composure 5 up to 6, Concentration 4 up to 5, Creativity 2 up to 3, Decisions 5 up to 6, Off the Ball 6 up to 7, Positioning 2 up to 3, Teamwork 7 up to 8, Work Rate 7 up to 8, Acceleration 13 up to 14, Agility 7 up to 8, Balance 9 up to 10, Jumping 11 up to 12, Pace 14 up to 15, Stamina 7 up to 8, Strength 13 up to 14
CA 65 up to 70, PA -7 up to -8

Will KeaneFinishing 13 up to 14
CA 74 up to 78

Estasz Hussain has now left the club.

Mats Møller Dæhli's future transfer to the club has been removed from the game.
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Jun 28, 2009
FM11 Man Utd Records

I've been asked to resurrect this idea for this years thread so take a look at the categories below, get cracking with the game and post your screenshots of your records and you may well get your name up in lights here. Feel free to offer suggestions for any other categories you may have a record for.

Biggest Premier League win -
Biggest win in a domestic Cup game -
Biggest win in European Competition -
Biggest Derby Win (against City or Liverpool) -
Highest scoring game -
Highest % possession in one game -
Most goals scored in one league season -
Least goals conceded in one league season -
Largest goal difference at end of season -
Most points in one season - 112 points =
Most games won in a row - 54 games =
Most games without defeat - 156 games =
Most games without conceding a goal - 22 games =
Fastest goal scored - 9 seconds - Eden Hazard vs. West Ham =
Most 1st team goalscorers in one season =
Most Premier League Titles in a row - 5 titles =
Most Champions League Titles in a row - 5 titles =

Most goals scored in one game -
Most goals scored in one season -
Most assists in one season -
Most MotM awards in one season -
Fastest Hat-trick -
Youngest goalscorer -
Highest av. rating over 1 season (30 games+) -
Most goals scored in a season by either Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes -

Most spent on one player -
Most received for one player -

Here's another additional little challenge for those looking to play a long term game. Below are the 20 highest goalscorers in United's history (as of 20th Oct 2010) – see how many newgens from your academy you can manage to break into the hall of fame:

1. Bobby Charlton (1954-73) 249 goals, 199 league goals
2. Denis Law (1962-73) 237 goals, 171 league goals
3. Jack Rowley (1937-54) 211 goals, 182 league goals
4= Dennis Viollet (1950-62) 179 goals, 159 league goals
4= George Best (1963-74) 179 goals, 137 league goals
6. Joe Spence (1919-33) 168 goals, 158 league goals
7. Mark Hughes (1980-86 & 1988-95) 163 goals, 120 league goals
8. Ryan Giggs (1990- ?) 157 goals, 109 league goals
9= Ruud van Nistelrooy (2001-05) 150 goals, 95 league goals
9= Paul Scholes (1994- ?) 150 goals, 102 league goals
11. Stan Pearson (1936-54) 148 goals, 127 league goals
12. David Herd (1961-68) 145 goals, 114 league goals
13. Wayne Rooney (2004- ?) 132 goals, 92 league goals
14. Tommy Taylor (1953-58) 131 goals, 112 league goals
15. Brian McClair (1987-98) 127 goals, 88 league goals
16. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (1996-07) 126 goals, 91 league goals
17. Andy Cole (1995-01) 121 goals, 93 league goals
18. Cristiano Ronaldo (2003-09) 118 goals, 84 league goals
19. Sandy Turnbull (1906-15) 101 goals, 90 league goals
20. George Wall (1906-19) 100 goals, 89 league goals

Credit to my mate from "SI" CPS
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Nov 27, 2009
blimey, this must have taken you a long time! brilliant guide though pal, real useful.

not too sure as too why Celtic is one of Wazza's fravorite clubs but never mind.


Jan 5, 2011
My reserves are doing quite **** at the moment (could be down to the U-18s being called up to play for them, what with Matt James, De Laet, etc. being loaned out) so I put Rene in charge instead of Phelan but there hasn't been an improvement. So...who would you say I should put in charge?