Manchester United legend Eric Cantona was a superhero for the Old Trafford loyal during his successful stint with the English giants. The phenomenal French forward was one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s very own megastar, who went on to end the title drought of the club bringing them back to winning ways. A record-breaking 13 Premier League titles, three domestic doubles, a treble, two Champions League trophies and a bundle of other silverware for his swaggering man of the match performances in the iconic number 7 United shirt. United has failed to win the Premier League title since 2012-13 season which also marked the departure of legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
The pain of not able to witness his former glorious side claim trophies like usual has left Eric Cantona grumbling. Now the inspirational French ace has revealed he wanted to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm of affairs when the former Manchester United boss retired. The Red Devils called in Jose Mourinho to rescue their sinking ship after David Moyes and Louis van Gaal both failed miserably to continue the winning tradition with the 20 time English Premier League champions.
“Only I could have made them succeed (after Fergie’s 2013 retirement), said Cantona on the appointment of David Moyes as a replacement to Sir Alex Ferguson. “Nobody else. Only me,” he added. He had called it quits in 1997 and had planned not to return to the football pitch ever again. However, Eric Cantona is still a French lover of English football and never holds back from giving an opinion or two on the current condition of football at Manchester United and England. He still reckons he would never return to football unless it’s for Manchester United once again. “No. Only to manage Manchester United. They won’t ask me. Maybe that’s why they didn’t win the Premier League,” said Cantona when asked about keeping away from football.
Earlier in 2016, when England sacked manager Roy Hodgson, Eric Cantona had asserted he wanted the top job with England to get the Three Lions over the curse which has struck them hard as titles have flown away from the Wembley. “I, Eric Cantona, future manager of England, will pray to the Gods of football to end the curse of the English goalkeeper,” said Cantona in a video where he poured in several reasons why he is perfect for the job.
Cantona also expressed his disappointment over Brazilian superstar Neymar’s record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain which made him the most expensive player in football’s history. “He made a horrific mistake swapping Barcelona for Paris, He will be playing against Lorient and Guingamp,” said Cantona bashing Neymar who moved to the former French champions seeking a better role at the club.