Jamie Spencer
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Jamie Spencer is a graduate of the University of Sheffield and is currently a football writer for FTBpro.com as well as having had work published on Zoo Today and MSN Sport. Living in Greater Manchester he supports his local team - United, and is also a lover of international athletics, tennis and the NFL.

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What Has Luck Got to Do With It? There Is None in Football

(3) Comments | Posted 20 February 2015 | (00:00)

Managers and players around the world constantly preach the need for some luck to help them achieve their goals, as well as curse what they see as the bad luck which prevents them from success.

But football is a game built on skill and hard work, so what has luck...

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When Did Anderson's Manchester United Fairytale Turn Into a Nightmare?

(1) Comments | Posted 9 February 2015 | (00:00)

"Anderson-son-son,
He's better than Kleberson,
Anderson-son-son,
He's our midfield magician.
To the left, to the right,
To the samba beat tonight,
With the brass, he is class,
ANNNNND HE SH*TS ON FAB-RE-GAS"

Unfortunately, the days when these words echoed around Old Trafford are...

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Six Players Who Could Hold the Key to Premier League Survival This Season

(0) Comments | Posted 2 February 2015 | (00:00)

The Premier League's relegation battle is just starting to take shape.

Now is the time of year when teams must start performing or risk getting sucked further into the mire and fans will be looking for certain individuals to rise up and inspire the turnaround.

​Here's...

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Manchester United Could Make a 3-5-2 Work Well With Just Two New Signings

(0) Comments | Posted 22 January 2015 | (00:00)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was greeted by chants of "attack, attack, attack" and "4-4-2" during his team's win over Queen Park Rangers at the weekend. The United boss has favoured a 3-5-2 formation for most of his first season in charge of the Old Trafford club, but even...

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Seven Premier League Players With a Point to Prove in the Second Half of the Season

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2015 | (17:06)

The Premier League season has passed the half way point and the table is beginning to take shape.

People are already talking about who the stars of the campaign have been, but there are a number of high profile individuals that have been rather disappointing over the last few...

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Newcastle United?

(6) Comments | Posted 8 January 2015 | (00:00)

​Newcastle United have long been one of English football's biggest underachievers. The famous club has one of the largest and most passionate fan-bases in the Premier League, but hasn't won a major domestic trophy since the FA Cup in 1955.

In the six decades that have passed since the days...

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Five Premier League Players Who Have Successfully Reinvented Themselves This Season

(0) Comments | Posted 2 January 2015 | (00:00)

Football is a sport that is constantly changing and players always need to be ready to meet the evolving demands.

Whether it helps an ageing star stay at the top, makes an individual more effective or simply gives a forgotten man a new lease of life, the ability to adapt...

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Raheem Sterling Should Stay at Liverpool Because He Isn't Yet Good Enough for the Next Level

(5) Comments | Posted 27 December 2014 | (00:00)

Raheem Sterling has been one of the few shining lights for both Liverpool and England over the last few months. The 20-year-old is arguably the most exciting talent the country has produced since a certain Wayne Rooney rose to prominence more than 10 years ago and was recently recognised as...

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Assessing the Promoted Teams' Chances of Premier League Survival as the Season Nears Halfway

(0) Comments | Posted 19 December 2014 | (00:00)

It seems like just yesterday that the 2014/15 Premier League season kicked off to huge anticipation. Nearing the halfway stage, the table is starting to take shape and at the bottom the battle to stay in the division looks as though it will be as tight as ever.

The newly...

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Chelsea's Defeat Proves Just How Incredible Arsenal's 'Invincibles' Record Is

(1) Comments | Posted 13 December 2014 | (00:00)

Chelsea's defeat at the hands of Newcastle at St James' Park on Saturday ended the talk that Jose Mourinho's team could go the whole Premier League season unbeaten. The title race pace-setters were second best on the day and were punished with two clinical goals.

Immediately prior to Saturday's game,...

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Manchester United Missed Michael Carrick More Than People Realised

(1) Comments | Posted 3 December 2014 | (00:00)

​Manchester United fans enjoyed a bittersweet summer's day on the 17 July earlier this year. New manager Louis van Gaal was publicly unveiled and gave his first press conference to mark a fresh new era for the club. However, the day also brought the news that Michael Carrick had undergone...

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Four Things Everton Need to Do to Break Into the Premier League Top Four This Season

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2014 | (15:40)

Everton wowed Premier League fans with their displays last season, but narrowly missed out on a place in the Champions League after finishing 5th.

This season Roberto Martinez's team have found it hard to replicate the kind of form that took them to the brink of breaking into the notoriously...

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Six Short-Term January Options That Could Help Ease Manchester United's Never-Ending Injury Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted 21 November 2014 | (00:00)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has had to contend with all sorts of selection headaches thanks to a never-ending injury crisis that has equated to an average of a fresh problem every three days since he arrived.

The veteran Dutchman has already bemoaned the fact that he is never...

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The Four Worst Title Defences of the Premier League Era

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2014 | (00:00)

Winning the Premier League title is a monumental challenge in itself, but successfully retaining it is an even harder task and something that only Manchester United and Chelsea have managed since the new era began in 1992.

Manchester City won their second Premier League crown last term, but are already...

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Brendan Rodgers Has Consistently Failed Liverpool in the Transfer Market

(6) Comments | Posted 7 November 2014 | (00:00)

Brendan Rodgers has earned himself a fine reputation as a coach and man manger over the last decade and last season he guided Liverpool to within touching distance of a first league title in 24 years.

Many fans at Anfield hoped that it would be the watershed moment for their...

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Marouane Fellaini Was Always a Good Manchester United Buy and Only Deserves to Be Judged From Now

(1) Comments | Posted 29 October 2014 | (17:10)

Last season, seemingly every 'Transfer Flops' list featured Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini somewhere near the top. The Belgian had a very tough first season at Old Trafford - mocked and derided by opposition supporters, while the majority of United fans were far from happy to see him pull on the...

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Why Arsenal's 'Invincibles' Legacy Is Bittersweet at Best

(2) Comments | Posted 22 October 2014 | (01:00)

A full 10 years have passed since Arsenal reached the magical record breaking mark of 49 games unbeaten, but it will always serve as a constant reminder that the future can never be as bright as those amazing few months now long.

The run started with a 6-1 hammering of...

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England Should Only Pick Players Who Are No Longer Eligible for the Under-21 Team

(1) Comments | Posted 9 October 2014 | (01:00)

The problems of the England football team are well publicised - the players aren't good enough, tactics are too one dimensional, there is no national identity and most importantly youngsters aren't being developed properly in age-restricted teams to rival the likes of Spain and Germany.

If FA Chairman Greg Dyke...

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Four Reasons Behind Southampton's Resurgence in 2014/15

(1) Comments | Posted 4 October 2014 | (01:00)

Southampton finished eighth in the Premier League in 2013/14, the club's highest ever finish in the post-1992 era, coming just three short years after the Saints were in English football's third tier.

A summer of change that saw the manager and several key players sold then left the club among...

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Alan Pardew Is Lucky He Wasn't Sacked by Newcastle Months Ago

(1) Comments | Posted 24 September 2014 | (01:00)

Tony Pulis left Crystal Palace by mutual consent on the eve of the new Premier League campaign, but the 2014/15 edition of the 'sack race' is still yet to claim its first real victim. As always, several managers will be disposed of over the course of the season and the...

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