I can understand the one star review someone gave this to a certain degree, in that when this game is first played everything that was said in that review is right. Although persistence pays off after a while and soon enough you realise some important things.
The reason why your attacking players don't go after loose ball is because you must move the player you are controlling to it.
Shots are very hard to control at first. You need to make sure you have proper control of the ball first. You must give it the correct amount of angle and power when you hit it. Also, not sprinting makes a huge difference.
As for how well players move around the field, it is a realistic pace. It just takes some skill to control the players well. The more games you play the more rewarding it gets.
Many reviews from reliable sources are give this game scores around the 80–85% mark. It's well worth a look and if for the first 10 games you are having trouble your not alone, the more goes you have the better you get. Thats what I expect from a game anyway.
When someone slags off a game to advertise another, that tells you something for a start.