Jamie Spencer
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.

Entries by Jamie Spencer

Why Are We Automatically Convinced That Ryan Giggs Will Be a Good Manager?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2016 | (00:00)

As Manchester United's chief decision maker, Ed Woodward has three envelopes on his desk right now with his only managerial options for the rest of the season. The first says 'Keep Louis van Gaal', the second says 'Hire Jose Mourinho', and the third says 'Give it Giggsy'.

Should van Gaal...

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Six Transfers Premier League Clubs Ought to Avoid This Month

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2016 | (00:00)

The January transfer window can make a club's season if they get it right, or break it if they get it wrong. The rumours are flying around and there are always players linked with your club that make you feel uneasy.

But if you're expecting to see Emmanuel Adebayor listed,...

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Phase One Complete: Now Watch LvG's Manchester United Kick On

(0) Comments | Posted 9 January 2016 | (00:00)

Louis van Gaal has endured more than his fair share of criticism since taking over at Manchester United in the summer of 2014. He's been accused of all sorts of things and oversaw a terrible run of results at the end of 2014. But above all else, what he's achieved...

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Picking Man Utd's Next Manager Isn't as Simple as Calling Jose

(1) Comments | Posted 24 December 2015 | (00:00)

When Louis van Gaal arrived at Manchester United in the summer of 2014, there was never any doubt he'd be seeing out the full three years of his contract. Now, 18 months later, there are severe doubts about his future.

Following the lamentable home defeat against lowly Norwich, van Gaal...

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Aston Villa Were Doomed Before the Season Even Began

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2015 | (00:00)

When you're on course to match the worst team in Premier League history after nearly half the season, you know you're in deep, deep trouble. That is very much the case for Aston Villa right now, with Derby County's record low points tally in danger of being broken.

We've seen...

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Where Do Chelsea and Diego Costa Go From Here?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2015 | (00:00)

Chelsea and Diego Costa appear to have reached a critical point in their relationship. The misfiring striker was benched for the weekend trip across London at Tottenham and responded petulantly when he didn't make it onto the pitch at all.

He's been a mere shadow of the player who scored...

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Jesse Lingard's Emergence Is Vital for Manchester United's Identity as a Club

(0) Comments | Posted 13 November 2015 | (00:00)

Manchester United may now have found their next big star in Jesse Lingard and that the 22-year-old is home-grown and United through-and-through is every bit as important as his ability with a football at his feet.

Born and raised relatively locally in Warrington, Lingard has been with United since the...

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Fans Shouldn't Scoff - Most Premier League Clubs Would Be Lucky to Have David Moyes

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2015 | (00:00)

​David Moyes has been linked with every Premier League manager's job going in the last 12 months. But yet each time the Scot's named has come up in connection with the likes of Newcastle, West Ham, Sunderland and now most recently Aston Villa, it has been largely been met with...

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A False Dawn for Arsenal But Tottenham Finally Look to Be the Real Deal

(9) Comments | Posted 23 October 2015 | (01:00)

Arsenal are back. After 11 years without a Premier League title, the Gunners are finally in a position to challenge once more and return to the summit of English football. They're second in the table, the British press and television pundits are purring and it's only a matter of time...

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Liverpool Fans Will Be Sorely Disappointed if They Expect a Mass Dortmund Reunion at Anfield

(0) Comments | Posted 16 October 2015 | (01:00)

As soon as Jurgen Klopp was named Liverpool manager, the media frenzy started. Here was the man to save the club, eradicate the memory of Brendan Rodgers' shortcomings and take the Reds back to the summit of English and European football.

For the rest of us that means annoyingly delusional...

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Is the Premier League Title Becoming Impossible to Defend?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2015 | (01:00)

Winning an English league title is no mean feat - plenty of capable teams have fallen short over the years. But successfully defending a crown is the ultimate challenge and what separates good sides from great ones.

Preston North End and Aston Villa in the 19th century, Liverpool, Sheffield Wednesday,...

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Chelsea Continue to Go Backwards After Poor End to the Transfer Window

(1) Comments | Posted 11 September 2015 | (01:00)

If it was naive to think that Chelsea were automatically favourites to win a second successive Premier League title ahead of the 2015/16 season - and it most certainly was - it's even more naive to think that now. Quite simply, Jose Mourinho's team have been left behind by their...

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In Defence of the 'Transfer Rumour': The Key Is in Understanding What You're Dealing With

(0) Comments | Posted 25 August 2015 | (16:14)

The transfer rumour mill is at its peak this time of year. Fans love transfer talk, many even seem to enjoy it more than actual games. Unfortunately, we're all frustrated by it in equal measure and some supporters now even despise 'gossip' to the point where they are happy to...

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Manchester United Don't Need Another Centre-Back This Summer

(3) Comments | Posted 14 August 2015 | (01:00)

Ask any Manchester United fan which one player they would most like to see sign for the club between now and the end of the transfer window and most will give the same answer.

Those still worried about the David de Gea situation might name a goalkeeper, while other...

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Premier League History Tells Us Signing Too Many Unproven Players Is a Risky Game

(1) Comments | Posted 8 August 2015 | (01:00)

Every fan of every Premier League club expects to see several new arrivals every summer. If done well, buying and loaning new players is the fastest way to see a side improve. However, bringing in too many new faces who are unproven or untested can just as easily end in...

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Why It's Naive to Think That Chelsea Are Strong Premier League Title Favourites

(2) Comments | Posted 29 July 2015 | (01:00)

When journalists, pundits, fans and whoever else make their predictions for the 2015/16 Premier League season, most will probably plump for Chelsea to finish top of the pile for a second year in a row.

The Blues are also the bookmakers' favourite and all the hype is quite understandable given...

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The Six Smartest Premier League Signings of the Summer So Far

(0) Comments | Posted 24 July 2015 | (01:00)

​The Premier League summer transfer window is now in full swing, with all 20 clubs having conducted at least some business. High profile moves like Raheem Sterling's record transfer to Manchester City may have dominated the headlines, but what about some of the deals that just seem to make incredible...

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Six Premier League Players Who Will Surprise You in 2015/16

(0) Comments | Posted 6 July 2015 | (01:00)

Memories of the 2014/15 Premier League season are still fresh, but with the new campaign now only just over a month away, it's time to look forwards and not backwards.

Excitement has rarely been higher ahead of the big August kick-off and people are already trying to identify who will...

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Not Even the 'Special One' Can Rescue Radamel Falcao

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2015 | (01:00)

Radamel Falcao's career could go one of two ways at Chelsea in 2015/16. He could begin to rediscover the kind of form that made him one of the most feared strikers in the world as recently as 2013. Or, he could endure another difficult season and be labelled a flop...

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Charlie Austin, Jamie Vardy and the Rise of the Non-Leaguers

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2015 | (01:00)

Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin and Leicester City's Jamie Vardy both stole the headlines when Roy Hodgson named his England squad for upcoming games against Ireland and Slovenia next month.

Both players have enjoyed a surprisingly good domestic season and both work tremendously hard every time they step out onto...

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