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.
  • Manchester United Should Be Suspicious Of Mourinho’s Familiar Patterns

    In last week's column I suggested that it was pretty likely that Jose Mourinho, if given any chance to do so was going to Mourinho. Since then, he has Mourinho'd all over the shop. Indeed, this past weekend might just be the weekend in which he has Mourinho'd the most since his arrival at Manchester United. Sure there was his petty feuding with Antonio Conte last season, the lazy jibes which followed the breakup of his second marriage with Chelsea. There was the Europa League final wherein he combined the two key forms of Mourinhoing—he negated an opponents strengths at the expense of pretty football and won a trophy. ...

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  • Tactical Questions As Manchester United Approach Their First Few Tests

    Manchester United's season is about to get real. So far, it has been something of a procession. There have been four 4-0 wins and a couple of 4-1s thrown in for good measure. This means that six of of the 11 times they have taken the field in all competitions so far they have scored four. If you go and see United this season there is a better than 50 per cent chance they will score four goals. At home they have scored four in four out of six games. ...

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  • Martial, Rashford and Manchester United’s Legacy Of Crowd-Pleasers

    When Anthony Martial nutmegged Andros Townsend during Manchester United's 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, Old Trafford made an amazing noise. It was a collective "ohhh" of amazement, delight, and just a hint of sharing in Townsend's evident pain. Apart from J-Stand and the top tier of the Stretford End, both of which had been in excellent voice throughout, the ground had been relatively quiet for most of the game. When the Palace fans sung "where's your famous atmosphere" it was unclear whether they were being ironic, as they certainly were when they sung "we're Crystal Palace, we score when we want." Given Old Trafford's reputation as a cavern which sucks sound out of the ground before an atmosphere can ever truly build for anything but the biggest games, the idea that the atmosphere is "famous" is surely outdated. ...

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  • Who Will Be The Next Manchester United Legend Immortalised By Statue?

    For a Manchester United player, getting a statue of yourself outside of Old Trafford is tough. There are currently five men who have been enshrined in bronze outside United's home ground and three of them are knights of the realm. Two of those knights, of course, are Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson, just rewards for the club's two most successful and storied managers. ...

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  • Falling For Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku

    When Robin van Persie spent a season at Manchester United—apparently it was three seasons, but no one really remembers the latter two—there was a phrase that was used time and again among United's support. "I knew he was good...but I didn't know he was this good." ...

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