FIFA can be a damn sight more fun than watching Manchester United in real life, so we have a few tips for how you can make your career mode with the Red Devils a true walk in the park.
Van Gaal has made an almighty mess of Manchester United’s season, but we can make sure that you can right the wrongs of the Dutchman in your FIFA save. Whether you like to keep the ball or spring rapid break away attacks, we have a few suggestions on how you can improve your team. The budget is significant and the side has plenty of players that you can sell on for profit, so we reckon you should be winning the league in your first season – regardless!
Lucas Moura: Lucas Moura, as he has done for several FIFA games, has seriously high potential. The Brazilian will be available for under £20 million from PSG and his pace makes him a brilliant prospect to have on the right hand side whilst Memphis Depay threatens from the left.
Moura will, if you train him enough, become one of the best dribblers on the game and suits any of you who fancy that rapid counter attacking game that every single FIFA player seems to play online. Additionally, the Brazilian will allow you to add in other areas of the squad, although Gareth Bale could be an option if you want to break the bank on a new wide man.
Mats Hummels: Hummels is one of the best defenders to play as on any edition of FIFA, but the changes made to FIFA 16 make him even better.
The increased emphasis on technical ability would see Hummels nicely complement Chris Smalling in your centre-back partnership and perfectly suits and FIFA career mode addict who wants to play out from the back and dominate possession.
If you’re willing to give 3 at the back a go, Hummels makes the perfect ball playing centre-back to spread the play.
Blaise Matuidi: Pace isn’t as crucial as on previous games, but a player like Matuidi is still a brilliant asset to have in your midfield and the Frenchman would be an ideal partner for Morgan Schneiderlin.
Stamina and tackling are the PSG man’s biggest strengths and he could provide your side with a similar role to that played by Michael Essien during his time at Chelsea. Matuidi can, if you’re willing to gamble on it, also fill in as a left full-back for when Luke Shaw inevitably gets injured.
Marouane Fellaini: Unless you consider yourself an expert corner taker, its almost impossible to justify including Fellaini in your starting XI.
The giant midfielder can tackle and head, but that is about as far as his ability goes on FIFA and he should be moved on for a more talented option. His overwhelming lack of pace would leave any midfield partner exposed and Fellaini doesn’t have the technical ability to make up for it.
Ashley Young: You might think you can follow in Van Gaal’s footsteps and convert Young to a full-back, but I wouldn’t take the chance on it myself. In Darmian and Shaw you have to players with huge potential to become world beaters and Young no longer has the quality to make it as one of your wingers.
Cash in and use his wages to sign a player like Kwadwo Asamoah if you want a utility man.
Michael Carrick: If you need a player to spray the ball from deep in your squad, Bastian Schweinsteiger has to be your man. Unfortunately, the addition of the World Cup winning German makes Michael Carrick surplus to requirements and the former West Ham man should be one of the first men you look to move on.
If you can’t bare the stress of losing a player with such delightful passing attributes, you could consider using Carrick as a back-up centre-back and use him in a Gerard Pique role.
Anthony Martial: Martial is, rightfully, one of the players with the highest potential on FIFA 16. The forward doesn’t start with as high a rating as you would hope, but the Frenchman can still do a brilliant job for you down the left wing or as the centre forward.
Pace is Martial’s main strength at the start of you save, but make sure to heavily train his dribbling and finishing to make sure he reaches the 90s in both.
Memphis Depay: FIFA, fortunately, doesn’t have the man management challenges of real life. Depay is a joy to play as and the Dutch winger will just get better and better the longer you get into your save.
Long shooting would be the best attribute to focus on in training as you try and hone Depay’s skills to make your very own Cristiano Ronaldo.
Luke Shaw: Shaw is still such a young man and the ex-Saint should be given time to develop into a world star during your tenure.
Pace, as with Martial and Depay, is a huge factor in Shaw’s game and he will provide a threat in the attacking third in whatever system you opt for. El Rondo and a few crossing drills could leave you with the a flying wing-back ready to rival Roberto Carlos.