Think you can do better with Manchester United’s current crop than Jose Mourinho or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could? The Reds are certainly underperforming in the real world while their city rivals look to run away with consecutive Premier League titles.
So here’s what you should do when taking the Old Trafford hot seat on FIFA 19…
The board will ask you to win it all should you take the Old Trafford job.
In year one alone you are required to win the FA Cup and Premier League title, while also reaching the Champions League Final. But don’t take it lightly after that, for the United board expect the top European trophy in their cabinet within three years.
Like Mourinho, you may not hold much confidence in the current defenders or even the midfielders.
Luckily, the board have your back with a transfer budget of £166.8million and a £295k wage allowance – perfect for two marquee signings or a stack of squad stars.
If you have long-term ambitions for your career at Old Trafford, you will need to replace Antonio Valencia with a pair of younger legs.
Step right up Real Madrid’s Alvaro Odriozola. The 22-year-old Spaniard may not be the highest rated right-back in the game but he has the potential to be, and would be perfect for United.
The 5 foot 9 defender can do everything – but shoot – with great crossing, sprint speed, marking and stamina.
Eric Bailly may be on the fringes of the United first-team in real life, but on FIFA he’s a god. Pair the Ivorian with another one of Real Madrid’s Galacticos and you will have the perfect central defensive duo.
Raphael Varane will cost you an arm and a leg, but the 25-year-old is worth every penny. On FIFA 19 he’s an amazing defender, with 85 sprint speed, 84 strength, 88 standing tackle and 87 sliding tackle.
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To get the most out of Paul Pogba, you don’t want to restrain the Frenchman by placing him in a defensive role. With Nemanja Matic getting on a bit, too, your best option is to hire a new man – why not make that Napoli’s Fabian?
The 22-year-old is not a defensive unit, but his all-round abilities make him perfect for pulling the strings from deep and he will only get better. Spend a bit of time training his marking and heading and you will have a CDM for years to come.
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Unless you are a hopeless romantic like Mourinho for having a big guy on the bench that could spark a last minute winner, you’re better off letting David Moyes’ acquisition go.
Marouane Fellaini is 30-years-old at the start of the game but he still harbours a £10million transfer value. That said, his £100,000-a-week salary can prove difficult when he starts negotiating with other clubs.
McTominay starts off rated 71 and has the potential to reach 81.
The 21-year-old has no stats that will get you excited and even an ageing Matic pushes him over every time.
One of the many members of United’s squad out of contract after a year, Phil Jones may as well go for something while he still can.
He’s happy enough with a rotation role, but the 26-year-old will not rival Bailly or even Chris Smalling for a starting spot – should you also bring in a new centre-back, his place becomes even more irrelevant.
18-year-old Angel Gomes can become one of the stars of the future in FIFA 19, with a potential rating of 87.
The teenager is as at home on the left-wing as he is playing through the centre, and possess beautiful agility, but will need time to work on his finishing and passing.
Another winger that can also play centrally, but Tahith Chong is a star on the right-hand side. He may not have the same potential as Gomes, but the Dutch forward from Willemstad, Curacao is a great understudy to Marcus Rashford with his solid pace and agility.
You’ll have to excuse Axel Tuanzebe for the first season of your career while he’s out on loan to Aston Villa, but the 21-year-old can return to be the base of your team either at right-back or as a central defender.
The academy graduate possesses a range of strong stats that make him a great player to look out for.