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Cantona: No Place For Mercenaries At My Club

Eric Cantona was asked about Wayne Rooney’s decision to hold Manchester United to ransom over a massive pay rise. Cantona has claimed he has no problem with players taking their share but can’t abide by players whose motivation is money rather scoring a last minute winner.

“I have no problem with players taking their share, because without players you have no game,” Cantona told ESPN. “But money cannot be your motivation. If the money is crazy, you can go play for another team. But the demands don’t always come from the player. There are people around him who are trying to manipulate him. I think the question we have to ask the players at the Cosmos Academy is ‘Why do you want to play professional football? Do you want to be a great player, or do you want to become rich and famous? What is your dream?’ If you just want to become a professional and make money, I don’t want you on my team. But if you want to become the best player in the world and score a goal in the last minute to win the game, then I will help you become that. Me, when I was 4 years old, it was my dream to play with the best. When I got older, they paid me to play, but I would have played for nothing. I didn’t become a football player to become rich. Yes, rich as a person. Trophies. Memories.”

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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. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    Thats a weird one, have i missed a rule change. The Chelsea Everton game is going to extra time, whatever happened to the replay.

  2. Dave Malaysia says:

    Dear Goat,put the cum gun down. THIS is a replay so it has to be decided today.

  3. CedarsDevil says:


    This IS a replay mate, they drew 0 – 0 in the first game

  4. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    A 16 year old with 12000 euros a month wages, what is this world coming to. I was a porper as a youngster and probably still am, I would hate to think how my mind would have been corrupted with that sort of money.
    Thanks for the link YorYor

  5. chicharito14 says:

    @dave have you watched the show.terrible, absolutely terrible, and dull too.

  6. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    Cheers Ceders and Dave, didnt realise that, not properly awake.

  7. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Well hopefully chelski win can do with our game vs them being postponed. They will have an entire week off before they play us if they go out. Can’t have that.

  8. Dave Malaysia says:

    Dear chicarito14, I seldom have such fury with people but piers insults on Fergie and our club ,just , i just dunno what to say.

    The shock i had when they decided to replace an instituion like Larry King with the arse prick.

    The only thing I can say is that his agent deserves the Noble prize .

    Saw some of him on some american talent show,trying to be Simon Cowell. YUCK.

    I dont watch the show unless my remote is stuck on the cnn chanel,then u hear me grinding some vulgar words until the channel changes.

    from that little i have seen ,dont like it one bit.

    chica14 do u actually watch it?

  9. chicharito14 says:

    @dave watch it? No.just wanted to see what the hype was all about.goal chelsea

  10. willierednut says:

    1 0 Lampard.

  11. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    All this talk about peers morgan and calling it dull. Christ sake people didnt you ever watch Larry King that was dull too. As far as Im concerned all they did was replace an old sock with a turd in it with a kitty litter tray. I didnt watch it before and I certainly would watch it now. Peers Morgan is a clueless wanker at the best of times and made his fortune wirting bullshit like I do and Larry Kings whole selling point was to dress up like a farmer who brought his clothes from the village charity shop and look like the uncle you wished you never had in the barn showing you the secrets of life as a kid.

  12. Dave Malaysia says:

    well me go now prepare for battle. take care muchachos.

  13. chicharito14 says:

    @goat well i really liked king and his choice of clothing.

  14. YorYor says:

    Goat, I would never trust those reports about wages and transfer fees. But it’d be interesting to see us get another youngster to keep the future alive.
    I just hope Bebe turns into a monster tonight and rips CT all by himself. This will tell all the promising youngsters out there that there’s no other club like United. If United asks for you, you can’t go wrong unless you screw it up yourself.
    Hope Ravel can understand this sooner than later.

  15. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    With you there YorYor, We have bucket loads of talent and thats the way I like to see United advancing, producing our own players. Im not into all this spending left right and center, it gives very little to the fans. A true United fan would turn up at the reserves,watch on tv or take an interest and see the new Scholes’ and Giggs’ come through the ranks, it gives a much bigger feeling of the enormisity (new word) of Manchester United than a hefty signing now and then.
    Hope it all goes well for him but 12000 euros for a 16 year old.

    yyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 1-1

  16. Lao Red says:

    Baines… what a beauty… bet the cunt Drogba and Cashely are regretting the time wasting now…..

  17. YorYor says:

    Goat, at 16, I’d be happy to have a constant stream of 1200 euros a month.
    Anyone knows if OT needs more sweepers? Not the playing type, the type that carries a broom.

  18. King Eric says:

    Willie – Hhmm. Think Carricks’ contract is being discussed now. Fergie won’t let him go as for a start his European experience is vital. I have to disagree about Henderson mate. I don’t think he is all that creative at all. Out of the two I would prefer Rodwell.

  19. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Fuck looks like we will be playing chelski and dippers back to back! P Nev to score!

  20. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    what a strike by Phil, bye bye Chelsea.

  21. mrmojorisin77 says:

    Long live the king, My favourite player of all time.

  22. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    Notorious no worries mate if we dont win our games then we have no right to pick up trophies. No fear mate just a respect of what they could do.
    Trebles on.

  23. ididnotzeeit says:

    Fucking awesome! Couldn’t have picked a better prick to miss a penalty than Ca$hley. Rent boys done and dusted, come on you Reds, take Crawley to the cleaners!!!!!

  24. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Thats my theory as well Goat, wasn’t buying into some of the crap here this week of how people wanted Barca to win because l’arse a better prospect in the Champions Lge. I can honestly say bar the last 20 minutes of the Blackpool game watching United away has been more a bag of nerves than any actual enjoyment. I enjoyed my work review a lot more than our away performances!

  25. TonyBee says:

    fuck off Chelsea…… Torres .’ joining Chelsea to win things’ hahahahahahah

  26. MyCowIsTheBest says:

    hi guys..

    been missing for for a few days cos i was busy.. my cable tv also has gone, so i dunno how i’m gonna watch our matches from now on..

    on this topic, when i first read the title, i was thinking “you cant avoid mercenaries nowadays, so how is the King going to rule at OT if he returns here as the manager??”

    but after reading the whole article, i just think it’s marvellous. Simply too awesome.

    Ooh Ah Cantona

  27. mara says:

    @King Eric…

    I think that Wilshire is good player. And he will be better in future. You can t compare him and Scholes becuase, Scholes is older, won everything…etc.
    But Fabregas, Arshavin and Nasri are good in middle, they are all technicaly great and playmakers…that is something that we need. I dont think that scholes is not good, but he will go, so i mean we need someone to come after him. I think that Arsenal didn t spent to much for these players and they play good. When i remember that no one didn t want to buy Arshavin, and he plays good. Fabregas and Nasri are also great players.
    I know that everything from arsenal is shit and only what is from our club is great, but i dont think that way. Wenger bought those guys for shit, and now they worth millions. We shouldnt laugh to him becuase he do that becuase Arsenal has no money, and we also, so we have to buy young players and get them on the world class level, like we doning with Javier.
    Actually when i see for example Wilshear i think that we would play even better in our club.
    But when i remenber that Inter paid 15 mill for Sneijder, and in some news that SAF is ready to pay 35 mill for Modric, i get sick. We could save 20 mill.

    Tottenham also bought a lot of great players for shit…Van der Vaart, Sandro, Bale…and now we will pay for fortune those guys…i also get sick. we missed a lot of good players, so i hope that SAF have ace in the pocket with some good player in the summer.

  28. mara says:

    And about the Eric, what to say? he is the greatest…only player who is ready to play for free, he can be the greatest, not just in the game, but in fans heart…


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