Throwback – Did you know?

Eric Cantona is known for his skill on the soccer field. The controversial striker have been praised as the one who brought back trophies to one of the world ‘s most famous clubs – Manchester United. He is also well known for being banned from playing soccer for 8 months after kicking a fan during a match. His career at Old Trafford was like a marriage , being filled with passion and turbulent. He played number 7 for United and was known for upturning collar on football shirt.

He was an expert penalty taker , he scored 17 of the 19 penalties he took for United. Scored 80 league and cup goals for United, 56 with his right foot, 10 with his left and 14 with his head. Played 14 FA cup games for United and never finished on the losing side. He was nicknamed ‘The King’. He scored vitally important goals at his time at old trafford. In his time at Old Trafford , United won 3 league titles and 2 FA cups.

One of his magic moments came about on December 21 1996, when he scored an iconic goal against  Sunderland. It was one of the most iconic goal and celebration in the Premier league history. With 80 minutes on the clock , and Manchester already leading 4-0, Cantona picked the ball up just after halfway line. Starting with his back to goal, he showed sublime skill and strength to spin Richard Ord and Kevin Ball before racing towards goal. Cantona then aged ,30, played a quick one-two with Brian McClair, receiving the return pass just inside the area. Then he steadied himself before floating the ball over the stranded Perez with the deftest dink you are ever likely to see. And he then stone faced turned slowly through 360 degrees to bask the adulation of his audience. He eventually stretched his arms aloft to cap a celebration that was voted the Premier league’s best of all time.



These are a few facts about one of our great legends at Old Traford.

yours in football




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