X
Follow The Sportsman on Facebook
Football  /

5 Reasons Manchester United Fans Will Always Love Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona joined Manchester United on this day in 1992
Eric Cantona joined Manchester United on this day in 1992

On November 26, 1992, Eric Cantona crossed the Pennines from Elland Road to Old Trafford in one of the most audacious and talked about signings in recent football history to begin a long-lasting love affair with Manchester United which continues to this day.

As well as a United great the Frenchman is also regarded as one of the most influential players of the Premier League era, and while there are far too many to mention, here are just some of the key moments which endeared him to Reds fans who still sing his name all these years on.

Leaving Leeds and signing for Manchester United

Signing Eric Cantona from United’s old rivals was probably the most significant move Sir Alex Ferguson made when building a side that would ultimately go on and dominate English football. It would set the Red Devils on their way to becoming the powerhouse of the Premier League for the next two decades or so, while also really getting up the noses of Leeds United fans.

Guiding United to the league title for the first time in 26 years

When Alex Ferguson arrived at Old Trafford in November 1986 Manchester United were languishing in the shadows of their great rivals on Merseyside having not won the league since 1967. But after several false alarms Cantona’s arrival in 1992 galvanised a side which had been promising so much for years and six months later United finally won that elusive top-flight title; eventually going on to surpass Liverpool's total of 18 - something which would have been unthinkable prior to his signing.

His Kung-Fu kick at Selhurst Park

Although hugely controversial at the time Eric Cantona’s actions at Selhurst Park on January 25, 1995 ensured a place in the hearts of United fans forever. After receiving a red card he was on the end of a verbal onslaught from Palace fan Matthew Simmons as he left the field and decided to take the law into his own hands by launching a kick and a number of blows at his abuser; something which initially earned the mercurial forward a prison sentence, later reduced to community service and an eight-month ban from the game.

Scoring against Liverpool in the FA Cup Final

After guiding United to their third Premier League title in four seasons, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team were looking to become the first side ever to win the double-double by beating Liverpool in the FA Cup final. And with just five minutes remaining the ball dropped to Cantona, following a mix-up in Liverpool’s defence, and the Frenchman calmly fired the ball home to cap a memorable season for himself and the club while further cementing his relationship with the United faithful.

THAT goal against Sunderland

With so many great strikes in his time at United it’s impossible to pick his best, but when it comes to his most iconic the goal against Sunderland in December 1996 has to be up there. After picking-up the ball in midfield Cantona played a one-two with Brian McClair before sending the perfect chip into the far corner of the net and, although the goal was sublime in itself, his nonchalant celebration complete with upturned collar, perfectly summed-up the brilliance and arrogance of the French genius and still sends shivers down the spine of United fans who remember it.

Register with The Sportsman to personalise your news feed with your favourite sports and team.
Latest Football Articles
Bet Slip
Log In
Open
Settled
Deposit
Quick Deposit
Deposit
CV2
Deposit Funds
Change Payment Method
Bet Placed
Retain Selections
Clear Slip
Bet Slip 0
| Join Now
Balance: £0.00
Refresh
Log Out
The line, odds or availability of your selections has changed.
Remove All
Singles
Click a price to add a selection
Multiples
To view multiples
Multiple options are restricted for the highlighted selections
The line, odds or availability of your selections has changed.
Accept Changes
Total Stake:
£ 0.00

Estimated Returns:
£ 0.00
£ Place Bet
Bet on Bet365 website
New To Bet365?

Bore Draw Money Back

Refund for any football game that finishes 0-0 on all First/Last/Anytime Goalscorer, Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast bets. Only available to new and eligible customers. Bet restrictions and T&Cs apply. 18+. BeGambleAware.org.

T&C's Apply 18+

CLAIM HERE
Bore Draw Money Back

Refund for any football game that finishes 0-0 on all First/Last/Anytime Goalscorer, Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast bets. Only available to new and eligible customers. Bet restrictions and T&Cs apply. 18+. BeGambleAware.org.


Up to £100 in bet credits

Open Account Offer

Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.


BET HERE
Up to £100 in bet credits

Open Account Offer

Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.

Bets are accepted in accordance with the operator's rules
and terms and conditions. Hillside (UK Sports) LP is licensed
and regulated by the British Gambling Commissioner
(Licence number 39563). Registered Office Hillside (UK Sports) LP
(registration number 117), Unit 1.1, First Floor, Waterport Place,
2 Europort Avenue, Gibraltar.
DON'T HAVE A
BET365 ACCOUNT? New Customer Offer
The Sportsman is an officially endorsed bet365 betting partner. All bets are placed securely via our API link-up with bet365 and no data or transactional information is sahred with or accessible by the sportsman.com. Bets are accepted in accordance with the operator's Rules and Terms and Conditions.