Eric Cantona confessed last week that he would be interested in taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson as United manager. With Fergie fancying retirement in 2-3 years, Cantona has a wait ahead, so is filling his time with more acting roles.
He is set to play himself in a new film, ‘Looking For Eric’, which is based on the story of a football fan. Cantona co-directs the film about a United fan who imagines the Frenchman by his side to help him cope with life’s challenges
In between takes, Cantona found time to talk about his love for United and our fans.
“I want the world to speak even more about the Manchester United fans after this film,” said Cantona. “Many of my best memories are from when I was at the club and in Manchester. I’m very proud the fans still like me. I gave a lot for the club but the fans gave me so much back. It is something that will stay with me forever. I don’t know why the relationship I had with the fans, and the fans with me, was so special. I think that’s maybe a question that a United fan would have to answer. I think if you have personality then it interests the fans. I felt the relationship every time I was on the pitch.”
Nothing can really describe just how great it makes you feel to hear a former player you have so much love and respect for speaking so highly about your club. To know that our adoration is not one-sided, rather totally mutual.
Whatever the future may hold for United and Cantona in partnership, we can be content knowing that he is one of us.