Posted by Darragh O'Connor @darraghoco
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Darragh O'Connor

FIFA 17 is almost out (September 27th) and fans of the game have been are exstatic to get their hands on the latest instalment of EA's game! I got a chance to play the game through the demo, which released on September 13th and I have to say, I was quite impressed! The speed of the game was a lot more natural, and taking a pass seemed more fluid than ever. One of the teams you can play as in the demo are the huge English club, Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's team are (arguably) the most successful team in the English League's history. With a total of 3 Champions League trophies and 20 English top flight trophies, United have quite a history behind them going into this 2016/2017 season. question remains on fans' minds: how does the real Manchester United compare to the one in FIFA 17?

The Ratings

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford

Overall, Manchester United have a really solid team in FIFA 17, with two players in the top 10 (Zlatan Ibrahmovic and David De Gea). The younger players have been given some generous ratings in this installment also, with the young Eric Bailly (22) given a excellent rating of 82 and the even younger Anothony Martial (20) who was also given a rating of 82.

In terms of who gained and lost ratings since FIFA 16, Manchester United have quite a fluctuating range of players who fall in both categories. Captain Wayne Rooney has taken another drop from 86 to an 84, which is his lowest rating in any FIFA he's been in. Another player who has taken a drop in ratings is the legendary German Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has gone from an 86 to an 83. Thus drop which is probably due to his little game time, but United insist that they are willing to listen to any clubs looking to approach to buy Bastian.

FIFA 17 has been quite kind to Frenchman Paul Pogba, who has been raised to 88 (originally 86) to place him in the top 20 in the game! New arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan has also seen an increase in rating, jumping from an 83 to a solid 85. What do you guys think of these ratings? Are they showing through in Manchester United's start to the season? Let's have a look...

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba

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Manchester United haven't gotten off to a great start to the season so far under Jose Mourinho, especially after losing three of their last games in all competitions. Their most recent loss (upon writing this) was against Watford, to whom they haven't lost in nearly 20 years! This put a bit of early pressure on manager Jose Mourinho, who is the self-proclaimed "special one", who is finding life managing Manchester pretty tough at the moment.

One man who has been scoring goals, and predictably so, is Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has netted 4 goals so far this year. Marcus Rashford has also had a good start to the season, getting 2 goals in the premier league, which is one more than Captian Wayne Rooney and 2 more than Anthony Martial, who is still to get his first of the season!

Their Best Line-Up

Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial

Now let's finally take a look at the best possible team you could put out to play your friends, utilizing every good player on the team in their respective positions. Let me know what you think of my team!

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So here are the main points from my FIFA 17 Manchester United team:

  • David DeGea obvious keeper choice, as he's number 1 in the Premier League
  • A very young defensive line, with in-form Smalling holding the fort down. Great pace from both Shaw and Darmian to go up either wing.
  • Rooney in left-midfield might look odd, but I think Pogba needs that space to excel, especially with his ridiculous long shots!
  • Schneiderlin just edged past Bastian Schweinsteiger for defensive midfield, he be a great substitute around the 70th minute
  • I believe Martial has a slight edge over Rashford (for now). His finishing is absolutely clinical!

Overall, Manchester United are a great team to use in FIFA 17; I think they will be a team I use a lot this year, considering I barely ever used them in any other FIFA! Let me know which formation you will chose when using Manchester United in FIFA 17!


Will you be choosing Manchester United in FIFA 17?