Paul Ansorge


Paul is a Manchester United fan and the co-host of the Rant Cast, a long running and reasonably well liked United podcast. As well as uMAXit, Paul writes for Bleacher Report, United Rant and the Republic of Mancunia. He is of the factually correct opinion that Eric Cantona is the greatest footballer in history—there may have been others who were better at football, but hey, what's football in the grand scheme of things. He also finds writing about himself in the third person unsettling.
  • How Did Manchester United’s Defeat Of West Ham Rank In Post-Ferguson History?

    Pickings have been pretty slim when it comes to really great Manchester United performances since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. Many of the wins that have come since have been reasonably attritional, and, of course, there have been fewer of those wins than United fans had become accustomed to during the great man's reign. So when United tore West Ham United apart, beating them 4-0 at Old Trafford in Sunday's season opener, the idea that this was the best performance they had put in since Sir Alex strode off into the sunset gained some traction. ...

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  • Manchester United Supporters’ Relationship With Marouane Fellaini and Bastian Schweinsteiger Are Clearly Different

    There is a question which gets asked fairly often in Manchester United circles about the difference in treatment given by supporters to Marouane Fellaini and Bastian Schweinsteiger. One theory holds that the Belgian gets the raw end of the deal here, having contributed a good deal more than Schweinsteiger ever did to United's cause. And yet, on social media and at Old Trafford, it is the German who is offered more respect. At first glance this seems like an oddity. Schweinsteiger was handsomely paid at United, and truthfully did little on the pitch barring a few decent performances in games which will be little-remembered during Louis van Gaal's second and final season at the club. ...

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  • How Nemanja Matic Will Work For Manchester United

    Jose Mourinho has his man. Nemanja Matic is a long way from being Manchester United's most glamorous signing in recent years but is, in truth, one of their most logical. A round peg for the round hole in holding midfield, a player whose relationship with Mourinho has survived both success and failure, and another component of the spine of a side which is starting to look pretty decent, albeit as-yet unproven in terms of league success. ...

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  • Antony Martial Would Not Get Any Better At Football If He Smiled More

    Anthony Martial would not get any better at football if he smiled more. This, on paper, or rather on mobile devices or computer screens, looks like a pretty self-evident statement of fact. But in truth, a remarkable level of attention has been given to his facial expressions since he arrived at Manchester United. And there are a swathe of people who seem to believe that he would. This reached something of a nadir during MUTV's coverage of United's pre-season friendly against Real Madrid in the U.S.A. Amazingly, the teams being led out by Ronald McDonald was not the most cringe-inducing part of that encounter. Nor were the penalties in the terrible shoot-out. ...

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  • Wayne Rooney’s Career Was A Lesson In Enjoying The Moment

    Wayne Rooney has now left Manchester United and rejoined Everton in a move designed to pull on the strings of the hardest of hearts. The prodigal son returns, in a wave of pyjama-wearing emotion. It's a lovely story. And now the columns about where he will play and how well he can do can start to be written. ...

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