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The player most deserving of a statue at Old Trafford will probably never get one

The player most deserving of a statue at Old Trafford will probably never get one

Old Trafford has had many heroes over the years. This is unsurprising, given the club’s rich history. Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson, orchestrators of the two great periods of sustained success, have been immortalised, in statue form, outside the ground. Sir Matt gazes into the distance, where the holy trinity of Charlton, Law [...]

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Why are the press linking Cantona masks to fan’s death?

This morning, ahead of United’s game against Crystal Palace, Phil Neville posted a picture of Eric Cantona on Instagram. What’s the link? Cantona attacked a Palace fan who verbally abused him, calling him a “motherfucker” and telling him to “fuck off back to France”. Turns out Simmons had been on BNP and National Front rallies, [...]

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Crystal Palace ban Cantona masks

Crystal Palace ban Cantona masks

Selhurst Park, 25 January 1995, 9.00pm. The moment one of the most shocking events on an English football pitch was witnessed, as Eric Cantona hurled himself in to the crowd to karate kick a fan. Cantona had been sent off and Matthew Simmons, a member of the National Front, came forward 11 rows to shout [...]

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TOP 5: Manchester United non-summer signings

As Manchester United hurtle towards the end of the winter transfer window without a single signing, fans can count themselves lucky that the club have once again avoided the pitfalls of the break. The risks are obvious: there’s no value in the market, none of the players United want are available, and it’s hard to [...]

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Best United goals under Fergie

United managed 2,762 goals under Sir Alex Ferguson, roughly two scored for every one conceded.  Everyone will have their favourites of the Ferguson era. Sometimes it’s about context – Solskjaer’s winner in the 1999 Champions League Final and the Mark Hughes volley against Oldham that saved the double spring to mind. Other times it’s about pure [...]

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s Best XI

If Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography proves anything about his time in charge then it’s that we were truly blessed. During his 27 years at Old Trafford, United played, for the most part, expansive, attacking football utilising some of the finest players ever to have graced these shores. Ferguson has repeatedly stated how fortunate he feels [...]

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TOP 5: Eric Cantona Goals

TOP 5: Eric Cantona Goals

It doesn’t need a complicated introduction, so it isn’t going to get one. Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United 11 May 1996 Liverpool Football Club are a special football club. They used to be undeniably one of the greatest clubs around and produced some of the greatest sides in English and European football history. The reason they [...]

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“Beckham was desperate for #7 shirt after Cantona”

“Beckham was desperate for #7 shirt after Cantona”

Albert Morgan has reflected on the impact Eric Cantona had on the club, particularly the youngsters that were coming through the ranks, with the likes of Scholes, Beckham, Butt and the Nevilles sharing his dedication to hard work and improvement. “He was a big influence on the other lads because he was the first one [...]

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

“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 [...]

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When Cantona Kicked That Racist… 18 Years Later

When Cantona Kicked That Racist… 18 Years Later

Today marks eighteen years to the day since Eric Cantona launched himself into the stands at Selhurst Park and attempted to, quite literally, kick racism out of football. It was a watershed moment for the game in this country, an episode which split opinion and prompted hours of feverish debate. It is easy to see [...]

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Top 5 Manchester United One-Man Seasons

Top 5 Manchester United One-Man Seasons

Whereas true golden years and genuinely titanic struggles usually require an ensemble cast – squeezing every drop out of a hugely talented squad being a feature of both ‘99 and ‘08 – seasons which are dominated by an individual tend to instead be focused on what fate was avoided rather than what was won. The [...]

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Deepest Red

Deepest Red

Deepest Red is a unique collection of writing about the myth, madness, and glory that is Manchester United. Bringing together writers, bloggers and journalists to provide fresh insight into the club’s history, this anthology pinpoints the defining moments that have created a global legend. From Sir Matt to Sir Alex, from standing on the Stretford [...]

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Cantona: Ferguson Has Created Generations Of Great Players

Eric Cantona has sung the praises of his former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming that his greatest strength is his ability to understand people as well as tactics. “Last season United lost the league in the last minute. Sometimes that happens, but they are still a top team and a top team in Europe,” Cantona [...]

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VIDEO: All Of Eric Cantona’s Goals

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Cantona: United Is Special and I Love To See Them Win

Cantona: United Is Special and I Love To See Them Win

Manchester United legend, Eric Cantona, is currently director of football at New York Cosmos, but has admitted that if the opportunity to manage United came about, he would have no hesitation in accepting. “I would say, ‘United is special, of course I would do it’,” he said. “Today I’m with the New York Cosmos. But [...]

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