Football Manager 2020 is out and once again we are here to dicuss what your strategy should be. Your strategy is directly tied to your formations so in this Football Manager 2020 guide we will discuss best starting formations for you.

There are many different formations you can try early on but we will discuss the best ones that’ll boost your chances of victory.

Best Starting Formations in Football Manager 2020

While this is a new game but the basic principles of football are the same each year. They were the same in Football Manager 2018, 2019, and now 2020 with minor changes here and there.

4-1-4-1 Formation

One of the most popular starting formations is the 4-1-4-1, you didn’t think we’ll leave this one out, did you? Football Manager fans have been using this as a starting formation for a few seasons now and it has worked well. Those who got a chance to play Football Manager 2020 in the beta got a chance to test this formation out and the results have been positive. 4-1-4-1 still works great for players in Football Manager 2020.

So why do we use this as a starting formation? Well, if we are using wide midfielders with good crossing ability, and a killer striker, this starting formation should work like a charm. Even if your attack fails to produce a goal, the opposing team will feel the pressure and remain the back foot. When you are in possession of the ball, make sure your tactic is to charge the defense, and out of possession use a high level of urgency.

3-5-2 Formation

To get the most out of this Football Manager 2020 starting formation, we say you distribute to the wings and bring in a couple of all-round wing-backs. The next step is to set one striker to an advanced forward and the second striker should be a deep-laying forward, and if you have extra budget, we suggest you get an FW with high pace and finishing stats.

4-2-3-1 Formation

Well, well, well, one of my favorites has made the list here. However, you need to spend some money on a couple of fast-paced full-backs in order to get the most out of this starting formation in Football Manager. Grab two defensive midfielders and give them supporting roles. The next step is to use two wide attacking midfielders as inside-forwards. Why would you do this you ask? This allows you to give space to your wing-backs so they can push the wings.