I just switched to all-manual and let me say that passing is $#@!ing awesome when you can decide where to put the ball in space rather than sending it directly at the player. I've gotten pretty good at passing, decent at lobbing and through balls, but am still atrocious at crossing and shooting. The shooting thing is especially ridiculous. I've gone from winning most of the time on Professional w/ assisted shooting to sometimes needing last minute goals to squeak by crappy teams on Semi Pro. The keeper saves about 80% of my shots including break-aways, and the rest go wide or hit the post. I like it better, but only being able to score 1-2 goals gets old.
I'm also having this weird issue: I have to change my settings from assisted to manual every time I load the game. I haven't found a way to save my settings which is really freaking annoying. I think my career is resetting them since I started it with the default settings. Anybody else had trouble keeping your game settings or controller settings?