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.
  • Might Sir Alex Ferguson Have Built His Fourth Great Manchester United Team Had He Stayed?

    March 17th, 2017 In Sir Alex Ferguson's last ever programme notes as Manchester United manager, he wrote: "It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so. The quality of this league-winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long-term future of the club remains a bright one." ...

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  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic Denied The Right Ending At Manchester United

    The pain in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's face when he landed so awkwardly in Manchester United's win over Anderlecht in the Europa League semi final was hard to watch. Footballers have a terrible reputation for overselling the pain they are in, to try and extract cards from referees for their opponents or simply to waste time. Ibrahimovic does not really fake it, nor does he have any real history of picking up serious injuries. So when he looked hurt, even before those horrible replays showed that his leg had bent in a manner in which legs are not supposed to bend, it was immediately worrying. ...

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  • Marcus Rashford Deserves Better Than Blunt Comparison

    Like World War Three probably will, this all started with a tweet. It was a tweet about Marcus Rashford, Kylian Mbappe, Manchester United fans and expectation. Last season, when Rashford exploded onto the scene, there were some in the analytics community at pains to point out that his underlying shot numbers suggested he was on an unsustainable hot-streak, finishing way more chances than a striker typically will over the course of a game, or a season or a career. His expected goals, or xG (a metric based on shot type and quantity) was much less than the number of goals he was scoring. ...

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  • Ander Herrera Is Manchester United’s Player Of The Year, Not Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Ander Herrera was exceptional when Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday. He was assigned a man-marking job on the presumptive runner-up in this season's PFA Player of the Year awards (assuming N'golo Kante gets the “you didn't get this last year so you're definitely getting it this time” treatment), Eden Hazard. ...

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  • Manchester United’s 400 Club

    There are 26 players who make it into Manchester United's 400 overall appearance club. That's a pretty select band and it features players who played throughout the club's long history. From Joe Spence in the 1920s to Wayne Rooney, it inevitably serves as a collection of the club's all-time greats. An even more select group, of course, are those who have made 400 appearances in the league's top flight. There are just six people who hit that qualifying threshold. ...

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