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“Cantona used to play dominos with the old men in the local”

Manchester United’s kitman, Albert Morgan, mush have more than his fair share of stories to tell about our club and players, having joined the club in 1996.

Albert has reflected on one of our greatest ever players, Eric Cantona, and can sum up the great man in one word.

“Iconic,” he said. “There will never be another and I don’t want there to be because he is a top man. He helped others, and when he was banned he was absolutely fantastic with the young lads at The Cliff. I’d like to meet up with a few of those kids that he coached and talked to just to see what kind of impact he had on their lives.”

Albert clearly thinks a lot of Cantona and recalls a funny occasion when the Frenchman showed up for a fancy do wearing an out of the ordinary outfit.

“We see Eric, when he’s around he goes out of his way to come in and see everybody,” he added. “He’s very human, very humble and he doesn’t like any fuss – Eric’s just Eric. I have one abiding memory of Eric – I can always remember him walking into the dressing room one night and all the lads had their suits on. Eric comes walking in, he had a nice blue suit on with a lovely pair of tan shoes, and these were in the days when you’d only wear black shoes with a suit. With this he had a nice blue three quarter length Crombie overcoat and a pink beret. If I’d worn it they’d have sent me to the madhouse but Eric looked a million dollars and I’ll never forget Steve Bruce sat on the other side of the dressing room reading his programme – he just looked up and went “Ooh aah”. And that sums up Eric for me.”

One of Albert’s friends lived around the corner from Cantona and reported back on what he used to get up to at the local pub.

“Eric was a nice guy and loved a joke but he was a very private man,” he said. “I didn’t see it myself but a friend of mine used to live around the corner from him in Worsley and apparently Eric used to go into one of the local pubs, The Bridgewater, and it was one of these very loud pubs with a booth in the back. Eric was never out lapping up the attention – he used to go out the back and play dominos with the old lads and they loved him. He’d get himself a Coca-Cola and go sit in the back with the old guys. Apparently they worshipped the ground he walked on.”

Albert Morgan was speaking at the launch of the no. 7-inspired Manchester United Collection which is available from

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  1. rhystiano says:

    Always love seeing Albert celebrate our goals. Need to hear more of his stories

  2. frank says:

    May have been a good footballer but his political views including support for terrorist groups is despicable.

  3. The Left Bank says:

    The stories this man must have. The man is an institution and United treasure. Great story about Cantona.

  4. MansionOfTheReds says:

    Frank, why do have to spoil a nice article by saying that. Leave his political views be.

  5. nirvanutdketki says:

    Frank. ly my dear I don’t care a damn. Or I don’t give a fuck to be honest

  6. HedgeMancRed says:

    Frank stop spouting rubbish. I assume you’re referring to Cantona’s support for the release of Sarsak, who was held without charge. Well he wasn’t the only one, Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Michael Mansfield, Ken Loach and the Show Racism the Red Card campaign were also behind it.

  7. Smithy99 says:

    Eric Cantona. The King. An absolute legend. My favourite United player of all time, all of my United shirts from that era had the great mans name on them. Shame another legend – Keane #16 couldn’t follow Erics example post United…..he’s burning his bridges with the fans mighty fast.

  8. NBI Red Onion says:

    There is only one Eric Cantona. As SAF said, the only time we were a one man team was when Cantona carried us and started this whole things off with SAF, the trophies, the style, the belief, the character. We are very lucky.

    Think about it, some Clubs have John Terry and Carlos Tevez as their icon.

  9. NBI Red Onion says:

    Albert must be close to 100 by now. It’s characters like this, employed over generations of players that also make the Club, think of how many lives he must have touched and the way Ronnie greeted him, you could see he had a soft spot for the old boy.


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