FIFA 20: Manchester United Career Mode Guide – line-up, tactics, who to sign & more

It’s been a tricky start to the campaign, but can you splash the cash and take the Reds to the top?

Alastair Pusinelli by Alastair Pusinelli

It’s been a tough several years for Manchester United fans- ever since Sir alex Ferguson left, the Red Devils football has gone from bad to worse.

There was a slight resurgence after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment, alas he has not turned out to be the saviour that many hoped he would be.

Nevertheless, the Manchester United squad has some serious quality and, more importantly for Career Mode, a hell of a lot of cash.

Do you have what it takes to show the likes of Moyes, van Gaal and Mourinho how it’s done and revive the Man United glory days of old?

RealSport are here to help you on your endeavours, as we take you through setting up your game on FIFA 20.


Team Rating

It’s a four and a half star rating for Man United on the game, made up by an 83 attack, 79 midfield and 80 defence.

Starting Lineup & Formation

Manchester United’s default formation is a conventional 4-2-3-1 Wide. You can stick with this formation, and may wish to use it against it more dangerous opposition, but we have opted for a more versatile 4-3-3 Holding.

The best outfielder in your squad by a country mile is Paul Pogba (OVR 88), and he will have far greater influence on the left-hand side of a midfield three, rather than stifled as a left defensive midfielder.

If you want to go even more attacking go for a 4-3-3 Attack, with a straight 4-4-2 or 4-1-2-1-2 other possible options.

David De Gea (92 GK Reflexes) is the best man in the team, and he will be vital playing against a shaky defence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw.

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Nemanja Matic is the defensive midfielder flanked by Juan Mata and star man Paul Pogba (90 ball control).

Jesse Lingard moves out to the right wing, with speedy duo Marcus Rashford (94 sprint speed) and Anthony Martial (89 sprint speed) making up the attack.

On the bench go for Sergio Romero (OVR 80), Eric Bailly (OVR 80), Ashley Young (OVR 77), Scott McTominay (OVR 77), Fred (OVR 78), Andreas Pereira (OVR 77) and Daniel James (OVR 72).

Tactics and instructions

You will see that most of your strength comes down the left-hand side, with the pacey Martial (89 sprint speed) out wide and support being offered by baller Pogba (90 long passing).

Your main strategy should be to get Martial in behind on the left-hand side, and look to find the likes of Rashford and Pogba running off him.

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There is s beautiful contrast in this United side, with Juan Mata (87 composure) providing some guile in midfield when the game slows down, and Jesse Lingard’s (89 stamina) energy will also be very useful when you need to turn the screw.

Having changed the formation, you will need to go through all the players instructions, on each game plan mentality (ultra defensive to ultra attacking), and ensure they are filled correctly.

In a balanced mentality, head over to Nemanja Matic and change his attacking support to stay back while attacking. This will ensure you have cover on the counter-attack.

As for Paul Pogba, he will add some impetus going forward so his attacking support should be get forward and support on crosses to get into box for cross.

Juan Mata is the playmaker, and to get the most out of him his positioning freedom should be set to free roam.

That does adjust Jesse Lingard’s role in the side, and he will need to pick up some of the defensive slack let go by Mata and Pogba. The England midfielder’s defensive support should be come back on defence.

As for your two attacking threats, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial should have attacking/support runs on get in behind. Martial’s chance creation should also be on cut inside.



In your training sessions, look to use those with the promising player badge to make the most out of your time.

At United, this includes Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Daniel James, Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay, Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot.

The Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £167 million

Starting wage budget: £518,000 a week

Who should go

With the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku now out of the club this season, it is a re-building job. There isn’t much more talent you can ship, with a few more departures leaving your squad a bit thin.

With the arrival of Harry Maguire however, you are now oversubscribed in central defence, and at long last you can be rid of both Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo. The pairing should collect you a combined £16 million, freeing up £175,000 a week in your wage budget.

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You then need to look at players who don’t have the potential to be first team Manchester United players. The vast majority of the youngsters at the club have the capacity to reach an 80 overall at the least, but the ones that don’t are Demetri Mitchell and Luca Ercolani. Sell the two defenders for £1.5 million to save £25,000 a week in wages.


With the Europa League to contend with this season, there will be plenty of opportunity for your young guns to get some minutes.

Ethan Laird has Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Ashley Young, Diogo Dalot and Timothy Fosu-Mensah ahead of him in the pecking order at right back and can be sent out on a two-year loan to get some valuable experience.

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It’s a similar tale for midfielder Dylan Levitt, who can also be loaned out for the next two seasons.

With another defender set to be in your plans for your summer, you may wish to loan out one of Axel Tuanzebe or Timothy Fosu-Mensah as well.


Who to sign

New transfer budget: £185 million

New wage budget: £718,000 a week

New world class striker

With Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving Old Trafford in recent seaons, they do look short of numbers up top. It does mean you will shuffle things around to bring in a new forward, with Rashford either moved out wide, or you change to a two up front system.

We’ve gone for PSG marksman Edison Cavani. The Uruguayan is experienced, and with his contract up at the end of season he should cost around £54 million plus £176,000 a week wages.

The 32-year-old has stats of 93 positioning, 91 stamina and 90 volleys, giving him an 88 overall.

Alternative options

  • Lorenzo Insigne – Napoli, Age 28, OVR 87, POT 87, Cost: £70 million, Wage: £126,000 a week
  • Dries Mertens – Napoli, Age 32, OVR 87, POT 87, Cost: £44 million, Wage: £122,000 a week
  • Ciro Immobile – Lazio, Age 29, OVR 86, POT 86, Cost: £63 million, Wage: £95,000 a week
  • Iago Aspas – Celta Vigo, Age 31, OVR 85, POT 85, Cost: £62 million, Wage: £44,000 a week
  • Gonzalo Higuain – Piemonte Calcio, Age 85, POT 85, Cost: £43 million, Wage: £158,000 a week

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