Eric Cantona, who was a key figure in bringing Sir Alex Ferguson his first title with Manchester United in 1993, has talked about his relationship with our manager on the 25th anniversary of him taking charge of the club.

“I remember my first meeting with Sir Alex when he wanted to sign me from Leeds and in the first minute I knew that I had to work with the man,” said Cantona. “Of course, the name of Manchester United meant so much in football anyway, but I saw a man who wanted the same things that I wanted. He told me I could become a great player at United – and I believed in everything he told me. He is a man who has the same spirit as me. Looking back he also saw the same philosophy in me that he saw in himself. We are football men. He was very special to me because he treated me like a man, not like a boy.”