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

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

(5) 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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How Manchester United's Six Summer Signings Look So Far

(0) Comments | Posted 18 September 2014 | (01:00)

In the space of a few short months, an ailing Manchester United squad that stumbled to a seventh place Premier League finish last season has had a complete face lift.

Louis van Gaal arrived to formally start work in mid July and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward spent the next...

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Manchester United Must Not Let 'Fantasy Football' Tactics Kill the Heart and Soul of the Club

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2014 | (01:00)

Manchester United fans' initial displeasure at an apparent lack of transfer activity over the summer to fix a clearly broken squad was quickly reversed in the final two weeks of the window. Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind arrived for the relatively modest fees of £16m and £14m respectively, but the...

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The Glazers Aren't the Problem for Manchester United in the Transfer Market

(4) Comments | Posted 20 August 2014 | (17:34)

Manchester United's American owners have been at the centre of another protest over the last week as fans took to social media in huge numbers to call for the Glazer family to sell the club and get out.

As rumours filtered through that transfer target Mehdi Benatia could be on...

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The Five Greatest Seasons in Premier League History

(0) Comments | Posted 15 August 2014 | (01:00)

The 2014/15 Premier League season promises to be one of the best yet with eagerly anticipated competition throughout the table from top to bottom. Louis van Gaal's arrival at Manchester United adds to an already enticing title race, while the battle to beat relegation is far from predictable.

But over...

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Chelsea Will Never Be Self-Sufficient With Jose Mourinho in Charge

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2014 | (01:00)

Chelsea have undoubtedly been one of the best teams in Europe over the last decade. The Stamford Bridge club has won three Premier League titles, two of which were record breaking, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League. It is a list of honours...

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Premier League Clubs Exploit Fans With Excessive Replica Shirts and They Can't Afford to Stop

(0) Comments | Posted 2 August 2014 | (01:00)

The dawn of the Premier League era brought with it many changes to English football, most of them good. Television coverage reached ground breaking new levels to give fans the ultimate experience, while the additional finances made way for many of the best players in the world to flock to...

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Four Reasons Why the New Season Stands to Be the Best Premier League Title Race Ever

(1) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (16:36)

The Premier League title race of 2013/14 provided plenty of dramatic twists and turns, resulting in one of the most exciting campaigns in years. But there is already plenty of reason to believe that the new season will be even better and here's a look at why.


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Why Germany's World Cup Win Is an Important Lesson for England

(2) Comments | Posted 19 July 2014 | (01:00)

Germany's World Cup win in Brazil was the country's fourth overall, but the first since re-unification of the national team in December 1990 and a first major tournament win of any kind since 1996.

During those 18 barren years, Germany had still usually performed well on the international stage, perhaps...

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The Key to England's Short Term Improvement Is Simply to Try Harder

(1) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (01:00)

England's failure at this World Cup was clear for all to see. The Three Lions finished bottom of their group with just one point from three games and scored two paltry goals, securing their exit after only a week into the month long competition.

Roy Hodgson's team qualified for the...

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Five of the World Cup's Greatest Underdog Fairytales

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (01:00)

The history of the World Cup is full of the best teams, players and coaches of all time, but every year there are also true underdog fairytales, without which the competition wouldn't be anything like as special as it is.

So far 2014 has proved to be no different. Algeria...

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Why It Would Be Right for Roy Hodgson to Step Down as England Manager

(5) Comments | Posted 30 June 2014 | (01:00)

England's performance in Brazil has been their worst at a World Cup finals tournament since 1958. The team were eliminated from the group stage with a game to spare after losses to Italy and Uruguay, but FA Chairman Greg Dyke has already declared that manager Roy Hodgson will remain in...

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Would Louis van Gaal's 5-2-2-1 System Be a Good Fit for England?

(5) Comments | Posted 21 June 2014 | (01:00)

On just the second day of the 2014 World Cup, football fans around the world were treated to an enthralling game that will likely become one of the most famous in tournament history.

Spain travelled to Brazil as one of the favourites to defend the crown they had won inSouth...

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