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

The Worst Thing Jose Mourinho Can Do at Man Utd is Tear it All Up and Start From Scratch

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2016 | (00:00)

You don't have to search too hard to find rumours of Jose Mourinho's Manchester United war chest, valued anywhere from £150million to £200million or more, lists of 'X Players Mourinho Will Bring to Old Trafford', and similarly themed lists of 'X Players Manchester United Players Mourinho Should Axe'.

The arrival...

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Manchester City Only Have Poor Recruitment to Blame for Sub-Par Premier League Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2016 | (00:00)

Manchester City have only themselves to blame for what, a Capital One Cup triumph aside, has been a poor domestic season. The Premier League title race was wide open until Leicester started to pull away in April, and a run of wins would have seen anyone come storming through to...

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Leicester City's Champions League Conundrum: Should the Foxes Stick or Twist This Summer?

(1) Comments | Posted 4 May 2016 | (00:00)

​Leicester City are Premier League champions, it might take a bit of time for that alone to settle in. The images and videos of heroes like Wes Morgan celebrating will stick in the memory for a very long time, while history will never ever forget the plucky band of players...

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Everton Are at a Critical Juncture and Roberto Martinez is No Longer the Man for the Job

(1) Comments | Posted 2 April 2016 | (00:00)

When Farhad Moshiri bought his 49.9% stake in Everton earlier this year it offered the potential of a new dawn for the Toffees. The chance to consistently challenge the Premier League's elite, break into the Champions League and perhaps win a first trophy in more than 20 years.

The British-Iranian...

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Gabriel Is Not an 'Arsenal Defender', He's a Liability and an Accident Waiting to Happen

(3) Comments | Posted 20 March 2016 | (23:00)

After a run of just two wins in their last nine Premier League games, ​Arsenal are all but certain to miss out on the title that should have been theirs. In Europe, hopes of beating Barcelona and avoiding a sixth straight exit in the last 16 of the Champions League...

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The Kids Are Alright: Youngsters Have Shone in 2015/16 as the Premier League's Old Guard Fades

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2016 | (23:00)

Football has always been a young man's game, but these days it's becoming an even younger man's game. Hitting 30 is already widely seen as a steep downward slope, perhaps sometimes unfairly, and players like Ryan Giggs who can play at the top level to the age of 40 are...

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Manchester United Are Like an Unbaked Cake, We Just Need to Let it Finish

(1) Comments | Posted 26 February 2016 | (23:00)

A cold Thursday night somewhere in the middle of Denmark was where Manchester United reached their lowest ebb of a painful two and a half years since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement left the club in need of a new leader.

Ask anyone and virtually all would tell you that United...

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Pep Guardiola Has a Lot of Work Ahead Before the Trophies Flow at Manchester City

(2) Comments | Posted 17 February 2016 | (23:00)

Pep Guardiola arrives at Manchester City, it's the final piece of the jigsaw and the club goes on to win every trophy going forever more, or at least as long as the lauded Spanish coach decides to stay. That's the dream many expect to become a reality, but it's much...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2016 | (23:00)

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 14 January 2016 | (23:00)

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 8 January 2016 | (23:00)

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 23 December 2015 | (23:00)

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 9 December 2015 | (23:00)

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 3 December 2015 | (23:00)

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 12 November 2015 | (23:00)

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 30 October 2015 | (23:00)

​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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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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