Manchester United are looking for a new permanent manager - and on FIFA 19, it could be you.
Manchester United confirmed on Tuesday morning that Jose Mourinho has been sacked, and whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in as a temporary replacement, a full-time successor will be wanted at the end of the season.
So, what better time to start a Career Mode with the Red Devils? Put yourself in Mourinho's shoes and see if you can fare any better with United than 'The Special One' did.
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Two centre backs to work alongside Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof are an absolute necessity. Two real life Manchester United targets fit the bill well; Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly. Offering up Smalling in a deal for Maguire could kill two birds with one stone, whilst you could end up paying a staggering £90million for Koulibaly if you’re not careful in negotiations, though offering Marcos Rojo in part-exchange could help matters.
United’s attack is horribly unbalanced, so landing a right winger is key. Gareth Bale and Ousmane Dembele are two big-name possibilities, but Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey comes highly recommended. The Jamaican has blistering pace and huge potential, whilst having him cutting in from the right and Anthony Martial in from the left would give United the talent needed to support Romelu Lukaku. Offer around £35million plus Marouane Fellaini and see what happens.
A proven creative player for a few years whilst Angel Gomes develops would be a smart move, and you could land yourself a bargain by bidding for Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey inside the final year of his Gunners contract.
In January 2019 or the summer, it could be time to think about replacements for Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata; Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong or Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey should be fine successors to Matic, whilst RB Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen may not be the most exciting target, and he doesn’t have the highest potential, but he is big and strong enough to feature as a third striker behind Lukaku and Rashford, whilst also having the pace to play on the right when needed.
It’s time to offload plenty of players from this squad. There’s too many players past their best, but still worth enough to bolster your budget. Offload Marouane Fellaini, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Matteo Darmian instantly; they will have absolutely no impact on your squad.
Scott McTominay, Ethan Hamilton, Callum Gribbin and Ro-Shaun Williams are also prime candidates to be loaned out in the first season in order to develop with first-team football elsewhere.
United’s default setup is a 4–3–3, and that works well with these changes, as David De Gea can keep his place in goal behind a back four of Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire, Kalidou Koulibaly and Luke Shaw.
Nemanja Matic can hold in midfield, allowing Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard to go forward in a much more expansive setup than Mourinho’s, with Leon Bailey and Anthony Martial cutting in to support Romelu Lukaku.
This then allows a cover team of Sergio Romero; Antonio Valencia, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Ashley Young; Ander Herrera, Fred, Aaron Ramsey; Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford.
There are so many players whose contracts expire in 2019, kicked off by Anthony Martial, whose deal simply must be extended on your first day in the job.
Also look to extend Tahith Chong, Callum Gribbin, Ander Herrera, Ro-Shaun Williams and Andreas Pereira, but Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Juan Mata, Ashley Young should be allowed to go if you haven’t sold them already due to their age, whilst Matty Willock, Regan Poole, James Wilson and Joshua Bohui may not be good enough moving forward.
It would also be smart to look ahead, and renew the deals of Marcus Rashford, Ethan Hamilton, Demetri Mitchell, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Dean Henderson and most importantly David De Gea; all their contracts expire in 2020.
Angel Gomes, CAM: The 17-year-old playmaker starts out with a low rating at 67, but can grow to around 87 overall in the future. You’ll need to be patient with him, but training of his finishing, crossing, dribbling, passing and stamina will make him useful in the first season.
Tahith Chong, LW: Much of the same goes for Dutch winger Chong, who can grow to around 85 overall. He has decent pace, strength and dribbling, so just continue to increase his finishing, crossing and ball control to develop a top winger for yourself.
Diego Dalot, RB: Antonio Valencia is ageing and out of contract soon, so growing his replacement is key. Portuguese talent Dalot is perfect, possessing already impressive stats for crossing, dribbling, ball control, pace and stamina, with his defensive attribute needing some work before he becomes one of the best right backs in the game.
When they return from loans, goalkeeper Dean Henderson (71/82), right back Timothy Fosu-Mensah (74/84) and left back Demetri Mitchell (68/81) would be worth training up to help them become first-team standard and replace ageing players like Lee Grant and Ashley Young.
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