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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.

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


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
GoalkeeperSergio Romero2.52.529Argentina£8m
GoalkeeperDavid De Gea4.54.525Spain£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.


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
DefenderMatteo Darmian3326Italy£22.5m
DefenderLuke Shaw3420England£16.5m
DefenderDaley Blind3326Netherlands£28.5m
DefenderMarcos Rojo3326Argentina£17.25m
DefenderPhil Jones3324England£18.75m
DefenderChris Smalling3.53.526England£27.5m
DefenderEric Bailly33.522Ivory Coast£25.5m
DefenderAntonio Valencia3330ecuador£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.


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
MidfielderMichael Carrick3334England£2.3m
MidfielderMarouane Fellaini3328Belgium£25.5m
MidfielderMorgan Schneiderlin3326France£28.5m
MidfielderAnder Herrera3.53.526Spain£28.5m
MidfielderPaul Pogba4.5523France£54m
MidfielderHenrikh Mkhitaryan4427Armenia£35m
MidfielderAshley Young3330England£8.75m
MidfielderJesse Lingard3323England£30m
MidfielderMemphis Depay3422Netherlands£13m
MidfielderJuan Mata4428Spain£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.


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
StrikerMarcus Rashford2.5418England£22m
StrikerAnthony Martial4420France£32.5m
StrikerWayne Rooney3330England£15m
StrikerZlatan Ibrahimovic4.54.534Sweden£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

Football Editor

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has been RealSport's football editor since September 2016.

He's a Tottenham Hotspur fan first and objective football writer second!

Oli is also a defensive end for American football club the London Blitz, starting his career on the offensive line with his Bristol university team.

FM17: Manchester United Player Ratings Revealed

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