FM2017: The Man Utd Challenge Part 2

With the season about to get underway and Lacazette being our only signing here is what I have to work with.


Now some of you may be thinking “why didn’t you sign a centre back?”, well to you I say… shut up. In all seriousness it may be something I consider in January, for now we can get by with what we have. We have a difficult start to the season which isn’t helped by David De Gea and Chris Smalling both picking up injuries, meaning they’ll miss the first 2 games.


August 7th 2016
Community Shield


Our first competitive game using the 3-5-2 see’s us dominate Leicester in the Community Shield. Mkhitaryan grabs a brace on his debut with Ibrahimovic providing the assists, its a good start but there are some difficult games to come.

August 13th 2016
Premier Division


Opening day see’s us draw at home to Chelsea, Lacazette started the scoring with a fine goal as we boss the first 10 minutes. Then Willian scores from a cross… Diego Costa crosses for Eden hazard to score and were 2-1 down. Then in 90th minute Lacazette robs Ivanovic high up the pitch and tee’s up substitute Wayne Rooney to level it at the death. I mentioned it in pre season that the 3-5-2 formation might be too open against the bigger teams, with that in mind…

August 20th 2016
Premier Division


We line up a bit more defensive but it doesn’t help anything as Arsenal ease there way to a 3-2 win. Darmian falls to track the run of Sanchez who heads home at the back post, Arsenal then counter from a wasted free kick and Giroud is put thought one on one. Right before half time Lacazette pulls one back giving us hope of a comeback. Almost straight after the break Sanchez scores a carbon copy of the first goal, Valencia nets 15 minutes from time but again we fail to score the all important equaliser.

August 28th 2016
Premier Division


Ibra scores his first goal for us from the penalty spot, Bolasie heads in at back post to level the scores. Mkhitaryan crosses for Lacazette to volley for home the winner in a game in which we dominated.

I matched Mourinho by winning the community shield but after 3 leagues games real life United had 9 points out of 9. Where as I only have 4 points out of 9, so not a great start for me. I can’t do worse then Mourinho in September however, unless I lose every game…

August ends with the Europa League draw.


I don’t want to jinx it but, we have quite an easy group so top spot is the aim. With 2 european games in September I only have to win 1 of them to match Mourinho, but I should be winning them both.

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