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FIFA 19 Manchester United Ratings and Preview

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FIFA 19’s release is just a couple weeks away, but the demo has revealed the popular video game’s initial ratings for the Manchester United squad.

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FIFA 19, the latest installment of the world’s most popular video game, is just a couple weeks away from release. FIFA has never had a problem selling, but this edition will be the first to feature the coveted UEFA partnership, as well as improvements to gameplay in Ultimate Team, Career Mode, and the risky but successful story mode “The Journey,” which first featured in FIFA 17.

The demo was released Thursday, September 13, 2018, and revealed the initial game ratings for many clubs, including the Manchester United squad.

Player Ratings

The players and their overall ratings are listed here from highest to lowest:

David de Gea - 91

Paul Pogba - 88

Romelu Lukaku - 87

Nemanja Matić - 86

Alexis Sánchez - 86

Anthony Martial - 83

Eric Bailly - 83

Juan Mata - 82

Fred - 82

Ander Herrera - 82

Jesse Lingard - 82

Antonio Valencia - 82

Marcus Rashford - 81

Chris Smalling - 81

Marcos Rojo - 80

Phil Jones - 80

Ashley Young - 80

Sergio Romero - 80

Victor Lindelöf - 78

Marouane Fellaini - 78

Andreas Pereira - 77

Luke Shaw - 77

Matteo Darmian - 76

Lee Grant - 74

Diogo Dalot - 72

Scott McTominay - 70

Angel Gomes – 66

Demetri Mitchell – 66

Tahith Chong – 65

Callum Gribbin – 65

RoShaun Williams – 64

Ethan Hamilton – 64

Squad Overview

Manchester United’s squad features strength in both depth and potential in the game, and there are quite a few players that make the team building process much simpler. the first team is up there with some of the best, and United’s financial backing in the game is enough to support major signings and the establishment of multiple academy scouts. Youth products like Scott McTominay and Angel Gomes can quickly develop in Career Mode if given the right balance of training focus and playing time, and loaning players out to lower league sides can give players regular first team football while clearing up squad spots for additional signings or academy promotions.

Untouchables

David De Gea is the obvious untouchable that first comes to mind. He’s one of the most valuable goalkeepers in the game today, and his ratings reflect that. At 91 overall he is the highest rated goalkeeper in the game, beating out the likes of Manuel Neuer, Jan Oblak, and Thibaut Courtois. He’s a popular starting choice among the best of the best in Ultimate Team, but his elite card is hard to come by. In Career Mode he’s been known raise questions about his happiness at the club, but it’s nothing a nice new contract can’t fix.

Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku are next on the list of untouchables in the United side. Pogba (88) and Lukaku (87) both enjoyed successful 2017/18 and World Cup campaigns to justify a minor ratings boost from the previous year’s game, and their role as the backbone of the team shows in their

Players To Keep

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were both starlet wingers with enormous potential in FIFA 18, with the upside of reaching an 88-90 overall rating over just two seasons. Both have seen a ratings boost of a couple points, but their blistering pace and finishing ability remain their major strengths.

Jesse Lingard is another player keep in you squad, even if he’s not a starter. His 2017/18 campaign was without a doubt his best for United, and he played nearly every minute for England in their 2018 World Cup run. His pace and energy make him dangerous for the full 90 or off the bench, and he’s got the ability to hit a golazo, given the opportunity.

Deterioration

Alexis Sánchez has seen a fairly significant dip in his ratings following his January, 2018 move to Manchester United. He’s gone from an 89 to now an 86, and it’s a fair reflection of his lack of form, though some will argue it should be even lower. He has an opportunity to turn things around at United this season, but to save his Old Trafford career, the goal scoring will need to return to his game. If that happens, expect a ratings boost in an update.

Juan Mata’s deterioration in the game has continued, as his ratings have gone down to an 82 in the latest installment of the game. He rated as high as 85 at United at one point, but his slow but gradual decline in form is taking it’s toll on the pitch and in the game. He’s considerably slower than he once was, but he’s still a decent distributor.

Manchester United Icons

A popular addition to Ultimate Team has been the icon players, and FIFA 19 has answered the call for more with the addition of over 30 new icons. Whenever icons of the game are mentioned there’s bound to be a few Manchester United greats, and this year is no different. George Best, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, and Juan Seba Veron have joined the ranks of icons in FIFA 19, joining Edwin Van Der Sar, Peter Schmeichel, and Rio Ferdinand on the list of former United Icons.

Don’t expect a handout though. Icons are hard to come by in Ultimate team, so save those coins if you want a squad of United greats.

The New Icon Ratings are as follows:

George Best - 93

Ruud Van Nistelrooy - 92

Ryan Giggs - 92

Paul Scholes - 91

Roy Keane - 90

Juan Sebastian Veron - 90

FIFA 19 will be released on Friday, September 28, 2018, but if you pre order you will be available for 3 days early access before the release date.