Former French International and Manchester United legend, Eric Cantona, reiterated his desire to coach Manchester United, the side that he join in 1992 and ended his career with in 1997 as captain. Cantona was the catalyst in driving Manchester United to greater success with the likes of Ryan Giggs and youngsters David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville emerging under his influence. During his stay, Cantona had won four league titles in five years, the exception being the 1994-95 season, which he had missed the second half of through suspension due to an incident described below (and pictured above):
In an excerpt from Wikipedia, “Cantona became infamous for an incident that occurred on January 25, 1995. In an away match against Crystal Palace, Cantona was sent off by the referee for a vengeful kick on Palace defender Richard Shaw. As he was being escorted from the pitch, Cantona broke away and launched a ‘kung-fu’ style kick into the crowd, directed at Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons, followed by a series of punches.”
Now this would be an exciting replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson. Cantona is already facing stiff competition according to the bookies. With names like Jose Mourinho, Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce, and David Moyes floating around, it may take something special to stand out. But Lord knows we need something special when Fergie decides to make it a career. This might just be it.