Think this is my 6th start to a season. Had many failures with Arsenal and one with Villa, but started again as Villa.
I used to always make my own tactics, but last two seasons I have used downloaded ones. This time around I wanted to do it the proper way and made my own tactic.
After 7 different versions, I have finally settled on something. Whilst it needs more time to bed in, my defence has very encouragingly stopped shipping goals and the CCC numbers are getting better.
I was on a run of 7 games without a win, changed tactic and got a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal which given the state of the teams morale and the difference in quality, I was delighted with the result (was at the Emirates also.)
Now, i've won 4 and drawn 1 in my last five games. Finally feel like im getting to grips with the ME.
Moral is, don't take the easy way out and blame the ME. It may have its flaws, but sufficient tweaking (takes time and effort!) will pay dividends.