Mon, Sep 29, 2008
Eric Cantona has expressed concern over the destabilising effect of United eventually losing the most successful manager in their history.
“I can understand why the fans are concerned,” said the former United player.
“The philosophy of the club will never change while Alex Ferguson is at the club. After he leaves . . . that’s what makes me worry.
“Ferguson is so strong, so popular, he can control everything. For the moment nothing has changed there — apart from in an economic way.
“I’m worried about the future. I hope that things will not change.”
Cantona also pledged his support for FC United, the club founded by disaffected supporters who bitterly fought against the Glazer takeover.
“They have a great idea,” said Cantona. “I hope they will become a great club and win the European Cup in 50 years’ time.
“Every club has to be created at one point. Now I am interested in the people who create clubs. Which type of people created Manchester United or Manchester City?”
Speculation is rife that Manchester United have already sounded out Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho as a replacement for Ferguson when Mourinho’s contract with Inter expires in 2011.