“I spent the best years for a footballer between 26 and 30 in Manchester, at the best club in the world,” he said. “Best players, the best manager, I was lucky. He [Ferguson] is one of the greatest of all time, all around the world. For more than 20 years, to be at the same club, with different generations of players. I admire him. He’s a great psychologist. He’s a kind of genius.”
He was asked one day would he like to work alongside Ferguson and fulfill his dream of returning to Manchester United.
“No, I learn from him, but I’m a free bird,” Cantona replied with a smile. “I learn alot. He’s an example. Now I am here. We will see about the future.”
After talking about the time he kicked the hooligan, Cantona was asked whether he found it funny that 16 years later people are still talking about what he said at the press conference.
“Yes,” he said. “They all tried to understand the words. It didn’t mean anything.”
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