Manchester United WILL ‘soon’ win the Premier League title under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Eric Cantona believes … support former team-mate to put lessons from Sir Alex Ferguson into practice
- Eric Cantona won four league titles during his time with Manchester United
- He now hopes that Ole Gunnar can lead Solskjaer United to a first title since 2013
- The French has supported Solskjaer to learn from Sir Alex Ferguson
- He believes Solskjaer has the club’s DNA and expects success soon
Eric Cantona has backed former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to put what he learned from Sir Alex Ferguson to good use and lead Manchester United to a new Premier League title.
The Frenchman, who won the competition four times – including two doubles – during his four and a half years at Old Trafford in the 1990s, is convinced that Solskjaer, like Pep Guardiola did under Johan Cruyff in Barcelona, during his four and a half years. -6 months are playing days at Old Trafford and he can now take on a serious challenge for the Spaniard Manchester City.
Cantona told Sky Sports News, “It’s important to win any kind of trophy, and United still has a shot at winning the league, but a slim chance.
Eric Cantona (right) backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) to lead Manchester United ‘soon’ to a new Premier League title
Second-placed United are currently 10 points behind leader Man City with four games to go
‘But I hope they can win the competition next year in the near future. Now they have found someone like Ole, who was a player when Alex Ferguson was manager – as Guardiola was a player when Johan Cruyff was Barcelona’s manager.
‘He learned a lot from Johan Cruijff and became a great manager with the same football identity, football philosophy.
Ole was a player when Alex Ferguson was there and he learned a lot. He was lucky enough to play with Alex Ferguson – just like me, but I decided to do something different, and other players too.
‘Ole decided to become a manager, so I am thrilled to have a manager today who knows the identity of this club and the philosophy and DNA.
Cantona (left) hopes Solskjaer (right) will put lessons learned from Sir Alex Ferguson (center) into practice
Cantona and Solskjaer were teammates at Old Trafford during United’s successful 1990s
“He has the DNA of this club and he has learned a lot from Alex Ferguson, so I can’t wait for United to win the league again – and it will soon.”
Runner-up United, which has not won the league since 2013, is currently 10 points behind leader City with four games to go and this season’s more realistic trophy opportunity comes up against the Europa League final. Villarreal on May 26.
Off the field, however, the club – or at least their property – faces another battle for hearts and minds following the role they played in the European Super League debacle.
A scathing Cantona said: ‘We’ve heard for 20 years that some wealthy clubs wanted to build this league and it’s incredible that 20 years from now, none of them could foresee the response from the fans and not notify anyone.
Solskjaer was part of the United squad that won a famous treble under Ferguson in 1998-99
United have not won the Premier League at Ferguson since 2013, where he was in charge last season
‘What’s incredible is that in 20 years all the boys went to school until the age of 30 or 35, so they are very smart, intelligent and none of them could anticipate the reaction of the fans.
Now they just have to say ‘sorry’ because now they realize it was just a stupid idea and they had to respect the fans.
‘It is sometimes good that something like this happens and you build something different and stronger from it. I am very optimistic. I hope they might use this moment a lot to give the fans more power. ‘
He added: ‘That’s how Manchester United have built this club. In the bad moments and tragedies and success, always try to unite the people and use every moment in history to build this club even stronger. ‘
Cantona hopes fans will gain more power after the breakup of the Super League