FM17: Manchester United Player Ratings Revealed

Here’s the Mancester United team on Football Manager 2017 with all the player ratings and values revealed and broken down to help you understand your squad.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

There isn’t actually too much work to be done with Manchester United’s squad; Mourinho did all the hard work for you before the game was released! You’re more than set in midfield and up front, though Zlatan Ibrahimovic will only have a year or two left in him before he decides to retire. Lucky, though, you have Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial waiting in the wings to assume goal scoring responsibility.

The bulk of the work will have to be done to the defence. Other than Luke Shaw at left back, none of United’s current starters are of title-winning quality, except maybe Eric Bailly. A couple of sales, coupled with the starting transfer budget, and you’ll be good to go.

Manchester United’s starting transfer and wage budgets are as follows:

Transfer budget: £31,350,000

Wage budget: £4,017,781


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Goalkeeper Sergio Romero 2.5 2.5 29 Argentina £8m
Goalkeeper David de Gea 4.5 4.5 25 Spain £32.5m

Don’t you dare let David de Gea leave the club is all I can say. Sign him on a new contract, give him whatever wage he asks for and leave it at that. Rated at 4.5 stars, he’s one of United’s best players. Romero also provides suitable back-up.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Defender Matteo Darmian 3 3 26 Italy £22.5m
Defender Luke Shaw 3 4 20 England £16.5m
Defender Daley Blind 3 3 26 Netherlands £28.5m
Defender Marcos Rojo 3 3 26 Argentina £17.25m
Defender Phil Jones 3 3 24 England £18.75m
Defender Chris Smalling 3.5 3.5 26 England £27.5m
Defender Eric Bailly 3 3.5 22 Ivory Coast £25.5m
Defender Antonio Valencia 3 3 30 Ecuador £12.25m

United’s defence is the area that will probably require the most work in the transfer market. Luke Shaw is the player with the highest potential (four stars) and he should start in the left back position; he’s most suited to a wingback role. At centre-half, you have Bailly and Smalling (both 3.5 stars), with Blind and Rojo (three stars) able to cover them when needed. They all, however, could be upgraded if you so decide. Right back is the biggest concern as your starter is Valencia, a winger by nature. He’s 30 so, perhaps, sell him and Matteo Darmian whilst you can and bring somebody better in.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Midfielder Michael Carrick 3 3 34 England £2.3m
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini 3 3 28 Belgium £25.5m
Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin 3 3 26 France £28.5m
Midfielder Ander Herrera 3.5 3.5 26 Spain £28.5m
Midfielder Paul Pogba 4.5 5 23 France £54m
Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan 4 4 27 Armenia £35m
Midfielder Ashley Young 3 3 30 England £8.75m
Midfielder Jesse Lingard 3 3 23 England £30m
Midfielder Memphis Depay 3 4 22 Netherlands £13m
Midfielder Juan Mata 4 4 28 Spain £29m

Same goes for Paul Pogba as with de Gea. Don’t let him leave. He starts the game on 4.5 stars, but has the potential to rise to five. That’s five whole stars. You could sell Fellaini, Carrick and Schneiderlin (all rated three stars) to bring somebody in of better quality to partner Pogba in the holding roles. Look for somebody more defensively minded to compliment Pogba’s attacking threat. Herrera, at 3.5 stars, can do a good job for now, but he’s not an out-and-out ball-winner. Further forward, you have Mkhitaryan, Mata and Depay all starting on or having the ability to rise to four stars. Young, however, has no business at United and he can be allowed to leave.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Striker Marcus Rashford 2.5 4 18 England £22m
Striker Anthony Martial 4 4 20 France £32.5m
Striker Wayne Rooney 3 3 30 England £15m
Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic 4.5 4.5 34 Sweden £4.7m

In Ibrahimovic, you have one of the game’s best finishers and his 4.5 star rating says it all. Martial, rated four stars, and Rashford, with four-star potential ability, can also play this role, though they, too, are adept at playing out wide. They’re both young, so make sure they get enough game time or, perhaps, allow one to leave on loan. I’ll leave you to decide what to do with Wayne Rooney, but, if it were me, I’d move him on. He’s surplus to requirements and his wages are huge.

Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_