October 6 will be a date marked in the calendars our fellow gamers – the initial pre-order release date for FIFA 21.
News about the annual game tends to dominate all the talk amongst the online football community, most notably with player ratings.
Ahead of the new edition, we’ve made some predictions for Manchester United’s FIFA 21 player ratings. Please note, the Fifa 20 ratings are based from first release.
David de Gea – 87
Fifa 20 rating: 89
David de Gea has been Manchester United’s highest rated FIFA card (excluding FUT specials) for the past few years. He maintained a 90+ rating from 17-19, before dropping to an 89 last year.
After another poor season, we do expect this pattern to continue. Perhaps not as dramatically as others may predict though, as the Spaniard has featured in every single Premier League game so, in a United backline that has boasted a stronger defensive record compared to last campaign.
With 12 clean sheets in 37 league games, he will still be considered one of the top rated goalkeepers in the game.
Bruno Fernandes – 87
Fifa 20 rating – 85
If any player is deserving of an upgrade in FIFA 21, it’s Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese midfielder arrived at United in January and has since been categorised as one of the top performers across Europe.
With 9 goals and 8 assists in just nineteen games, the playmaker’s attacking output has seen the Red Devils propel up the table. He has completely transitioned Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s offensive blueprint, and his FIFA 21 card will no doubt be a desirable one.Embed from Getty Images
Paul Pogba – 87
Fifa 20 rating: 88
It’s been a season of two halves for Paul Pogba. The Frenchman was suffering with a serious ankle injury during the begging half of the campaign, frustratingly missing 22 league games.
In an ordinary season, he would have been unlikely to feature again. However, the prolonged fixture schedule has seen Pogba re-enter the starting XI, flourishing since.
Occupying the central zone, the midfielder has showcased his creative distributional abilities, registering two assists from deep. His passing is unmatched in the league and given his all-round play, he should never drop below the 87 mark, even in an injury-hit season.
Marcus Rashford – 85
Fifa 20 rating: 83
On the back of his best-ever goalscoring season, Marcus Rashford’s rating is destined to increase. With seventeen in the league, he is just five from top-scorer Jamie Vardy, despite having missed seven games.
His finishing, most particularly his composure 1v1, has certainly improved, but its the Englishman’s all-round game that has significantly been elevated this year. Down that left channel, he is one of United’s key sources of attacking creativity, and his FIFA 21 card should reflect such progression.
Anthony Martial – 85
Fifa 20 rating: 83
There’s no splitting Anthony Martial and Rashford this season (22 goals apiece) and I’d expect FIFA 21 to be in the same boat.
The 24-year-old has flourished as United’s main striker, moulding into one of the league’s top number nines. His development is highlighted not just through his 17 goals in the division, but his six assists too.
The Frenchman has been much more efficient in dropping deep, improving his link-up play with the team, as opposed to effecting games through individual moments of magic.Embed from Getty Images
Harry Maguire – 83
Fifa 20 rating: 82
Harry Maguire has not missed a single minute of Premier League action this season, in a campaign where the United backline boasts five more clean sheets, compared to last, with one game to spare.
The Englishman has been a consistent figure at the back, and despite a couple of blunders, has improved the defensive foundation at Old Trafford. An increase in +1 is a fair reflection of his debut season.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 83
Fifa 20 rating: 79
Not many right-backs across Europe have enjoyed a more productive season than Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The 22-year-old has stepped up to the plate in his debut campaign for the Red Devils, averaging 3.6 tackles per game in the league.
His defensive game is virtually flawless, with Jamie Carragher labelling the full-back the best ‘1v1 defender in the world’, earlier in the season. No doubt he deserves a significant increase on that 79 rating, to categorise him as one of the top RBs in the Premier League.
Mason Greenwood – 78
Fifa 20 rating: 67
For FIFA 20, Sevilla’s Reguilon boasted the highest rating increase of +13 for a player, and whilst handing Mason Greenwood an 80+ card may seem premature, the game must be tempted in it pushing close.
The 18-year-old is currently the best teenager in world football, boasting seventeen goals in his debut top-flight campaign. He has cemented a starting spot in Solskjaer’s side, and will only continue to improve.
75+ would surely be the minimum for a player of this talent, so I’ve hit the middle mark between that and the 80.
- Victor Lindelof: 81 → 82
- Luke Shaw 81 → 82
- Nemanja Matic 81 → 81
- Fred 79 → 80
- Scott McTomiany 77 → 78
- Eric Bailly 80 → 79
- Daniel James 77 → 78
- Phil Jones 79 → 77
- Marcos Rojo 78 → 75
- Diogo Dalot 75 → 74