Cantona: I should have replaced Ferguson at Manchester United

Eric Cantona insists that Manchester United would have continued to win Premier League titles if he had taken over from Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson stood down a day after United were crowned 2012-13 Premier League champions, and since it just hasn’t been quite as good at Old Trafford.

David Moyes struggled to fill the gigantic shoes left behind by Ferguson, and Louis van Gaal’s cautious and low-tempo brand of football was less than popular with United supporters. The club seems to have turned a corner with the 2016 appointment of Jose Mourinho, but they’re now contending with the freakishly good Manchester City, who look like a force to be reckoned with under Mourinho’s old rival Pep Guardiola.

Cantona is a United legend, but retired from football at just 30 years old to pursue a career as an actor. And when asked whether he would return to football by the Mirror, the 51-year-old said:

“No. Only to manage Manchester United.

“Only I could have made them succeed (after Fergie’s 2013 retirement). Nobody else. Only me.

“They won’t ask me. Maybe that’s why they didn’t win the Premier League.”

Who knows, if it doesn’t work out with Mourinho, perhaps the Glazer family will take a colossal gamble and hand the reins to Cantona.

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