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Cantona: Honour To Wear United’s Number 7

Eric Cantona has hailed Sir Alex Ferguson’s ability to work with players to ensure that he gets the best out of them. Whilst his man-management is second to none, it has been widely reported that our manager made special allowances for Eric that he hasn’t made for any of the others.

Cantona has also revealed the pride he had in wearing United’s famous number 7 shirt.

“Ferguson takes strong personalities and works with them psychologically,” said Cantona. “It is very important. It worked for me, 100 per cent. It was for the team. I accepted everything because he gave me freedom on the pitch. He gave me the No. 7 shirt and it became important to me, though I might not have realised its importance in the beginning. I never felt the pressure. He had a kind of confidence in me to give me the No. 7. It was an honour.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. smartalex says:

    Careful! Goat is a peanut butter.

  2. CedarsDevil says:

    Peanut butter, now that sounds like a filling treat……

    Now where the fuck is our ‘Ahead of our game post’ ??

    I have a lot more of nonsense to post here!

  3. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    you’ll end up butternut squash

  4. smartalex says:

    Land in the butternut soup!

  5. smartalex says:

    Eric is saying this is a Head of the Game thread. And Sir Alex is always ahead of the game.

  6. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    BROATH-er these jokes are getting corny

  7. willierednut says:

    Arsenal fans plan to give Shawcross plenty of grief tonight. Come on Stoke, sicken the whinger!

  8. geneside says:

    i want the live blog……
    i will not be able to see tonights match…..

  9. FletchTHEMAN says:

    I have no problem with Owen in the No 7 shirt.
    He has been injured, due to chronic miss management before he came to united, so may not be on the radar for the current fan. But Owen is class. Not sure of all the facts but recall that Fergie offered it to him by which you might read, that Fergie asked Owen to wear it. Funny that you say Eric didn’t understand what it meant and that Ronaldo “grew into it”. Owen would have understood it from the off and what it meant to the club. Saying he didn’t deserve it based on current form might be fair enough, lads been saddled with injury, but to say he didn’t deserve it based on pedegree is just daft. The lad is a European Player of the Year for christs sake. Ronaldo, European player of the year, Owen, European player of the year. Yeah, for my money, he is good money for a number seven, even if it is only until we pass it on to the next home grown version.
    While wearing this shirt, Owen has put in some true number 7 performances as well. For me he is value for money (cost us nothing and put in crucial goals when given the chance). When Owen moves on, maybe soon enough, the number seven will find a new home. But Michael Owen has done it proud enough for the short time he has had it. Surely not placed one ounce of disrespect on it as well.

  10. YorYor says:

    A plumber eating cucumbers driving a hummer to watch some numbers?

  11. willierednut says:

    While he plunders, his wife down under.

  12. Zelh says:

    looks like gibson is playing instead of scholes..

  13. willierednut says:

    Zelh – Let the hating begin, then?

  14. Zelh says:

    another 4-3-3

    here’s hoping.

  15. chicharito14 says:

    @zelh give us full line up then.

  16. Zelh says:

    willierednut – gibson is capable of good passing etc but I don’t think he’s a player for a 4-4-2. his defensive skills are really low.
    looks way better when he’s with 2 defensive minded midfielders.

  17. shubhangmanred says:

    Just read that Liverpool more famous than MUFC….How do they conduct such surveys?

  18. Zelh says:

    it’s not confirmed yet, but looks quite likely.

    VDS; O’Shea, Vidic, Smalling, Evra; Fletcher, Gibson, Carrick; Nani, Rooney; Berbatov

  19. smartalex says:

    A cucumber up the number does encumber. Call a dumber plumber for a lumbar puncture

  20. Costas says:

    Ah, Zelh beat me to it. This is the rumored line up. Scholes saved for Wigan and Chelsea then? I wonder why Rafa isn’t starting.

  21. willierednut says:

    No Rafael?

  22. Zelh says:

    Costas – maybe rafa saved for wigan and chelsea too. Sheasy had a really good game against citeh.

  23. geneside says:

    i dont want manu to be the most popular…..

    cause then the people will understand what a less popular club can do….

  24. Faddy is a legend says:


    It may be a height issue.

  25. Costas says:


    That’s true. And he is on good form. I won’t complain about O’Shea starting, I just feel that we need to settle down to one regular right back instead of rotating. Anyway, I think the Scholes move is the right call with the games coming up. Now, he could play in all 3 of our next games. Gibson can play well in an advanced role, so hopefully that’s where we will see him today.

  26. willierednut says:

    Is that 442? Or, Is Rooney gonna play out left?

  27. Costas says:

    @Faddy is a legend

    That could be it too. Don’t know whether Marseille like to play with high balls or not. Maybe it’s a case of using O’Shea’s experience too.

  28. Faddy is a legend says:


    Yeah i was thinking about corners too, O’Shea is usually really good at dealing with defensive corners however it’s still quite annoying to see Rafael miss out.

  29. Zelh says:

    I think it’s 4-3-3 to 4-5-1.

  30. Costas says: has posted the same line up, so I think it’s confirmed then.

    Bench: Kuszczak, Brown, Hernandez, Scholes, Fabio, Rafael, Obertan

    @Faddy is a legend

    Like I said. Looks like the RB berth is still a position we are rotating with depending on each game. Of course, another scenarion could be that Rafa isn’t 100% yet after Saturday.

  31. Zelh says:

    I hope we won’t need Scholes.

  32. Faddy is a legend says:


    Yeah that’d probably have been a factor as well. All in all a good team though, hopefully Rooney has a better game if he’s out left than he usually does in that role. Still a bit worried about the midfield although i do believe that Fletcher is starting to show signs that he is getting back to the player he was last year. A scoring draw would be reasonable but hopefully we can win.

  33. smartalex says:

    Hello Dave Malaysia, welcome!

  34. Dave Malaysia says:

    Hello smartalex,tq.

    It is interesting that Fergie gave Michael Owen the number 7 jersey.

    He certainly scored crucial goals for us.

    I think he will play against Wigan this weekend. Hope Owen scores a hattrick for us.

  35. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Before anyone else says it. It’s all Gibsons fault, he shit not worthy of the red shirt blah blah blah etc etc. Come on United!


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