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Fergie Saved Cantona's Career

Fergie Saved Cantona's Career

Eric Cantona shocked a lot of people with his relatively early retirement in 1997. But he would have quit football in 1995 but for Sir Alex Ferguson.

The talismanic Frenchman was banned for nine-months after he had attacked a Crystal Palace supporter on 25th January, 1995. Last night he admitted his enthusiasm has been severely dented by this but Fergie talked him out if this retirement plans.

'It is difficult enough to train for a game on a Saturday but when you are training for a game that is nine months away?'

'I decided I'd had enough. But I have given up many times in my life for one day - then everything comes back. It's just that the people around me don't know that.

'But I also need people around me to have confidence in me. It is important for me to feel that. Of course the manager helped me in that respect because he showed me he wanted me to play for Manchester United.

'All the journalists and the media were against me, this time maybe they were right. But Sir Alex Ferguson and the club showed they had confidence in me.'

And they were rewarded for it as Cantona played arguably the finest football of his career in the following season, crowning his performances with a magnificent volley against the Scousers in the FA Cup final. Once known for his baffling comments, Canto was rather straightforward when asked about Sir Alex Ferguson's reign.

'Can you see Manchester United with another manager? I can't,' he said. 'There are fans who are 20 years old who have never known anyone else as manager. That is incredible.

'Maybe Manchester United will have another manager one day. Maybe Alex Ferguson has been a manager at other clubs. But you still cannot divide the two.'

Eric Cantona has played at a lot of other clubs. He spent only five years at Manchester United. But you still cannot divide the two...


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Writer:Zae
Date:Thursday November 9 2006
Time: 11:55AM

Comments

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Must admit, I laughed when he moved to Utd but he was absolutely brilliant for you, especially that karate kick, I thought that was classic!
The Fear
09/11/2006 14:47:00
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But the FA's treatment of him was a disgrace - they even wanted to punish for taking part in a game at United's training ground!
midlothian99
09/11/2006 18:18:00
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he was oustanding playing for you... and as quoted above the karate kick was a classic moment that he will never nbe forgotten for as much as his daft quotes on fishing matters... yes the FA were a bit out of order but then even to this day they never really seem to get their priorities right on th eissues that do matter...
ernshaw
09/11/2006 22:09:00
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What a player he was! Great signing of many by Sir Alex at that time, many players cost less than a million and were superb - McClair, Pallister, Bruce, Cantona, then there's Scholes, Giggs, Nevilles that didn't cost a penny.
KevinE
10/11/2006 16:20:00
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