Eric Cantona will always rank amongst the very best ever United players. He was loved by the fans due his incredible skill, his ability to turn a game around, and his beautiful goals. He was full of confidence, full of fight, and full of magic.
When he left us there were major concerns over whether we would be the same team without him. We had a practice run without him, following the FA’s decision to ban him for kicking a racist fan in the crowd. We didn’t fair well, losing out on the league to Blackburn Rovers.
In the following season, after he returned from suspension a few months in, he turned our season around. Along with the “kids”, he won the Double with United, the second in three years.
The prections over United’s failure to be sucessful seemed to be coming true the season following his departure when Arsenal won the double and United won nothing. However, just two seasons after Cantona left, United won the Treble.
With Ronaldo’s future with the club in doubt, similar concerns/criticisms have been voiced. How will United compete without Ronaldo? Half the fans who visit this site seem to think that United will be just fine without him, and should sell him straight away.
Cantona has taken a great interest in the club since leaving and before the semi-final against Barcelona, tipped us to win the European and league Double. “Manchester United will win both trophies, I am sure of that,” he said. “It will be tough, the title is close and Barcelona are a great team, but United have everything right now; this will be their season.”
And following reports today, it seems that just like most of our fans, Cantona isn’t bothered about the threat of Ronaldo leaving either.
“United is one of the biggest clubs in the world,” said Cantona. “They have been winning, are winning and will continue to win things generation after generation. They will always win whoever they have playing for them.”
I’ll drink to that Eric the King.
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