Tue, Mar 8, 2011
Eric Cantona has mentioned in previous interviews he would not rule out returning to Manchester United one day, and his passion for the club where fans still sing his name remain undiminished. However, the former Red Devils legend is clear on who he believes should succeed Sir Alex Ferguson once he retires.
In an interview with The New Paper at the Four Seasons hotel last Thursday, Cantona explained why he thinks the hot seat should be filled by his former teammate.
“United, as you know, are such a big club. I think after Ferguson, maybe a few years after he leaves, it will be a difficult time. But maybe less difficult if someone comes in who knows the club.”
When asked whether he was talking about himself, the answer was forthright, “No, no, no.”
“It should be somebody like Steve Bruce, who does a great job for Sunderland and was a captain when I was there. I think it would be easier for him, even though it would be difficult because Ferguson is Ferguson. But less difficult if someone who knows the club and Bruce knows the club.”
Steve Bruce, 50, the current Sunderland manager, has managed six clubs since starting as a player-manager at Sheffield United and was Cantona’s team-mate as they lifted United’s first title in over 26 years.
Cantona was quick to deny whether he himself would be interested in the Manchester United job, indicating that he had just returned to football with an important role.
“Why not me? Because I am involved with the Cosmos and it is a great project. I really like it and I am very passionate about it. And I want to work 100 per cent on it as I always do. When I do something I focus on that and I give everything I can.”
Finally, the question all Manchester United fans want to know – whether he would consider managing Manchester United.
“Yes, of course. It is a great club.”