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With the release of the Football Manager 2018 Beta this evening, we’re going to give you a brief overview on how you can manage Aston Villa this year. Some of our tips you might not agree with, but feel free to comment your own ideas below.

Find your best XI

Finding your best squad is essential in making the right steps towards promotion in your first season, as well ensuring that your squad is happy. Whilst Keinan Davis is in the first team at the moment, he might not be ready for the first squad in the game, so be wary of how your players rate.

Our XI for Football Manager includes:

Sam Johnstone, Ahmed Elmohamady, John Terry, James Chester, Neil Taylor, Mile Jedinak, Conor Hourihane, Joshua Onomah, Albert Adomah, Robert Snodgrass and Jonothan Kodjia

Get rid of the dross

Agbonlahor not in your plans? Richards raking in too much for your liking? Get rid as soon as. You can make sure you’ve got more money to spend in either of the transfer windows and ensure they don’t effect the morale of your squad when you’re not playing them during the season.

Loan out the youngsters

Some players might not be ready to join the first team, but you might want them to experience football away from youth level. Loan out players like Harry McKirdy and Callum O’Hare so that they can get the experience they need to turn in to star players.

Find weaknesses in your squad

The style of football you want to play might not fit some of the players, so you’re going to have to find replacements to slot in to your formation.

Sort out friendlies

Sort out the friendlies. If you want to try and make a bit of cash, do a tour of the USA or China. If not, focus on squad morale and play a lot of smaller teams so that your team are full of confidence when the season begins.

Get in touch with the new features

There’s a load of new features in this years game, so make sure you know what you’re doing otherwise you might get caught off guard.


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