“I’m a little worried that they will stop”: Eric Cantona fears the day that supporters of Manchester United stop singing his name
- Eric Cantona worries that the fans of Manchester United will no longer sing about him
- Cantona is still honored by United supporters 23 years after he left the club
- The Frenchman praised Alex Ferguson for constantly setting new goals
- He also spoke about not wanting extra pressure as a role model
Eric Cantona says he is afraid of the day when fans of Manchester United no longer sing his name.
The Frenchman remains an icon in Old Trafford, where he was the catalyst for an era of dominance under Sir Alex Ferguson. In four and a half years at United, Cantona won four Premier League titles and two FA Cups.
Twenty-three years after he left the club, Cantona is still honored by supporters who continue to honor him with tribute songs. But the 53-year-old admits that his memory will fade over time.
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona fears the day that the fans of the club no longer sing his name
“I feel proud, I feel great and I am a little worried that they will stop – because one day they will stop,” he said.
Regarding his Old Trafford career with the official Manchester United Podcast, Cantona admitted that winning the Double with the ’92 Class in 1996 had outperformed a similar performance two years earlier.
Ferguson released Paul Ince, Mark Hughes and Andrei Kanchelskis in the summer of 1995 and relied on David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers. Cantona emerged as the hero after returning from a nine-month ban to breathe new life into the club’s title and score the winning goal in the FA Cup final against Liverpool.
“Maybe when we won the Double with a new generation of players,” he answered when asked about the height of his United career. “We won the Double with (Paul) Ince and (Mark) Hughes, and then Ferguson knew the young players were great.
“In the first season we won the Double with them. It was of course an incredible generation of players. So that’s why it’s something special. It means something special for me and I also think for the club.
Eric Cantona was the captain for his last season at United, but did not feel at ease as a skipper
‘Because I think it’s important to win things with players who come through the academy. It is just like Barcelona, you are more proud than if you win with the players you buy everywhere. “
Cantona led the ’96 Cup final and then gave the bracelet permanently for his last season at the club, but did not feel comfortable with the extra burden.
He said: “If I felt a responsibility? No. Just train hard. I respect myself and tried to respect the people around me, but I didn’t want to be an example. I never wanted to be an example.
“No, I didn’t want to be an example because it’s also a way to feel in prison. I love to feel the freedom and I don’t want to put too much pressure on me.
“Everything I can (do) to be (do) more freely. If you tell yourself that you are an example and responsible for others, it is good for some people, but it is not good for me. “
Cantona enjoyed the happiest days of his career at United winning trophies under Ferguson after a stormy decade at home with a number of clubs in France, including Auxerre, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Nimes. He also had a season in Leeds, where he then helped put United in 1992 in the title.
The Frenchman says that the British boss Alex Ferguson always set new goals for his side
“I felt most free there. I think it’s very important, “he added. “Even today I tell myself that I am here and tomorrow I will be somewhere else. I loved the people I worked with. They are all my friends. But I don’t want anything from anyone. I think it’s a way to feel the freedom with my character with my personality.
“What I like about Alex Ferguson is every time there was a new goal, a new challenge. Even if we were 10 points ahead and we had already won the competition, we would always try to find a new challenge, new records.
“He is one of the few people I have met who has had much influence on me. It is like in everything, the people we meet make us.
“The significance of Manchester United wins. Win with pleasure. It is what all fans of Manchester United expect. Not just winning, winning with pleasure. Like 25 years with Alex Ferguson, or earlier with Matt Busby. That’s Manchester United, that’s why we all love Manchester United. “
You can listen to the rest of the Eric Cantona interview from Monday evening, as well as previous podcast episodes, via the Manchester United website, the app and other podcast platforms https://www.manutd.com/en/official-podcasts