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

    ARCHIVE: On April 19th, Paul Ansorge wrote the below on why Ander Herrera was Manchester Utds player of the year last season and not Zlatan.  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 Have A Width Problem

    Manchester United's flying start to the season ran into some turbulence in the form of Mark Hughes' Stoke City at the weekend. Still unbeaten, Jose Mourinho's side would nonetheless have been thoroughly disappointed by the result in the Potteries. More worrying than the result, though, was the drop off in performance levels. ...

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  • Manchester United’s Number Seven Shirt Brings An Enduring Symbolism

    There is something about numbers. There are ultra-rationalist humans who pay them little mind in terms of symbolic importance, but society has humanity's fascination with numbers baked into its core. We celebrate birthdays to mark our passage through life in numerical chunks. We pay particular attention to round numbers—turning 20 or 30 or 40 is a big deal because both numbers in your age change at once. In cricket, batsmen get nervous when they're edging through the 90s during an innings, in spite of the fact that scoring 99 runs and 100 runs has a remarkably similar effect on helping your team win. It's just that humans really like numbers. ...

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  • Out Of Injury’s Grasp, Phil Jones Again Looks Like A Manchester United Player

    "Phil Jones, arguably the way he is looking, could be our best ever player. I think Jones may be one of the best players we have ever had, no matter where we play him. At 21 years of age, he is going to be a phenomenal player. I think he can play anywhere on the pitch. He has such a massive influence, with his instinct and reading of the game. He has a drive about him." ...

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  • Put The Caution Aside: Manchester United Are Actually Very Impressive

    Manchester United have started the season really well. Indeed, in an entire 20-team division, they are the only side to have won all three of their games so far. Now, this could be chalked up to an accident of the fixture calendar as those matches would all have been games from which they would have expected to get all three points but played three, won three, scored 10 and conceded none is just about as good as anyone could have expected in the bit between the start of the season and the first international break. And in recent years, "games from which they would have expected to get all three points" have stopped being taken for granted. ...

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