You're right, what you say to your team before the game makes a difference also. Telling them they are expected to beat a team higher in the team normally means you will lose. Tactically as well I often play 4-5-1 and often concede a lot of goals from opposition crosses, which I only begin to notice half way through a match. To be honest I have been sacked from many teams on football manager, so regardless of what I write on here, any future ambitions I have of replacing MM in the future are already out the window.
What's wrong with Darren Ferguson anyway? His Peterborough side are a bit inconsistent, concede a fair few goals but are also entertaining and love to attack. He was poor at Preston, and at Peterborough it has been a bit up and down.
But he is still young for a manager so you would expect that. He also has a great eye for a young player, half the reason he has a squad like he does is because the club has made such good profit over the years from buying lower league players on the cheap.
I would never want him here over MM, certainly not at the moment but DF has some positive attributes for a manager and will probably only improve.
He spoke after the Bournemouth game about being interested in signing Yann Kermorgant before Bournemouth snapped him up, was this something people were aware off this season or do you think MM was planning on keeping it closed until deciding in the summer about it? I'd never heard him being linked before.
Its human nature on that side, I don't think many teams would have a problem adding a minute on when a game is already won. If anything the losing time are probably happy to get off the pitch. But if its a crucial game, then it could decide whether or not a team gets relegated or not, just because the ref wants to make the game as controversial as possible to increase attention to the sport.
Test it out, when you come across a game with little meaning, there will be 1-2 mins added, 3 max. When there is a meaningful one, i.e the end of season Championship fixtures or 2nd leg of the Atletico v Chelsea semi-final it will be minimum 3 mins. Max 5 or 6 and I bet you will not be able to think of valid reasons as to why.
Do you think fourth officials add on more time in games that mean more or that have been more entertaining compared games where a team is cruising? Disregarding how much time realistically should be added on.
If yes, this means that officials are in a way, match-fixing to make the game as entertaining a spectacle as possible. How often in a game where either a team who needs to hold onto a lead, or a team who needs to score one more goal play through 4 or 5 minutes of injury time? Surely this is wrong for the game if the case.
The fact Moyes played Nani last game told me he still had absolutely no idea what to do with the squad. It is too late to not know what your line up should be. It feels like he's still trying to work out who he wanted and who he didn't. Compare that to Chelsea or Liverpool who more or less stick with the same team bar maybe a couple of players each week.
It gives players a chance to make partnerships and improve as players, (Azpilicueta constantly played as a left-back getting to know the role) (Terry and Cahill partnering one another) Sterling, Coutinho and Suarez linking up, Gerrard in a deeper role, Henderson knowing his role to perfection. Moyes was just rotating players anywhere hoping they may show him something, he didn't have a structure to the team whatsoever.
The part about posters claiming to know more than MM and TC, and pointing out where the team went wrong in terms of tactics ect is false. Deep down, people know MM is far more equipped to be a manager. It is opinions for goodness sake, its about people who enjoy football putting across what they felt went wrong and what they would have changed.
It is all part of being a football fan, it has absolutely nothing to do with how much someone knows or how qualified they are. What do you expect? People to come onto a forum and say, "We lost 2-1 today but I'm not a manager so I'm going to keep my mouth shut and have an early night"
Same with music, you can listen to a musician who is always likely to be much much better than yourself but you may not enjoy certain parts of a song they sing and voice reasons why, it doesn't mean to say you can do it better.