PES 2018: Manchester United (Man Red) Master League guide, player ratings, tactics, formations & tips

Manchester United (Man Red) are a dangerous side on PES Master League, here's how to turn them into the best in Europe.

Manchester United. The heavyweights of English football. Their 20 top flight titles cannot be matched by anyone else, and although they have endured a tricky period since the departure of club legend Sir Alex Ferguson, but they are edging back towards being title contenders once again.

The ‘Man Red’ squad is stacked with talent in PES 2018’s Master League, and with a blend of youth and experience make the Reds a great club to take charge of on this year’s PES. RealSport brings you all you need to know when setting up with Manchester United. 

Team rating

Man Red receive a 4 ½ star rating on PES 2018. This is made up by 87 forward, 85 midfield and 82 defence scores.


It’s hard to decide what system to go with for Manchester United (Man Red). Their default is a 4-3-3, and you could easily stick with this and move Nemanja Matic into a defensive midfield position. However, Juan Mata doesn’t fit into that system, and for that reason we have switched to 4-4-2 (4-3-1-2) formation, which resembles a diamond midfield.

Star stopper David de Gea (98 GK reflexes) has to go in goal, and in the back four we have gone for Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Daley Blind.

The gritty Nemanja Matic (90 physical contact) is the midfield anchor, with Ander Herrera to his right and x-factor player Paul Pogba (89 kicking power) on the left. Juan Mata is the attacking midfielder with the dangerous Alexis Sanchez (92 explosive power) playing off star striker Romelu Lukaku (93 physical contact) in attack.

On the bench, go for Sergio Romero (79), Victor Lindelof (81), Matteo Darmian (79), Michael Carrick (80), Marouane Fellaini (80), Anthony Martial (82) and Marcus Rashford (80). 


If you do line up in this 4-3-1-2 formation, movement is going to be the key. Whether that comes from your full backs pushing on, from your midfielders or from the front two, it needs to happen to unlock the opposition defence. 

Go to Game Plan on Team Management and change your Preset Tactics. Build Up should be altered to short-pass, and Positioning should now be flexible. 

You should be looking to find your star players Paul Pogba (88 ball control) and Alexis Sanchez in space (90 dribbling), with Juan Mata (88 ball control) looking to pick out those men and make things happen.

Romelu Lukaku leads the line and he can hurt defences in a range of ways. His 88 speed allows him to run in behind, his 93 physical contact means he can hold the ball up and his 84 header means he can get on the end of crosses. You should never be out of ideas with him up front. 

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Alastair Pusinelli

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