Fans loved Eric Cantona and now the legendary forward tells the story of his beloved Man United with help from David Beckham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and other stars

If Eric Cantona needed Manchester United, then the club certainly needed him.

Maverick, legend and artist are just three words used to describe the legendary forward who lit up Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson brought back the ‘United Way’.

Eric Cantona celebrates scoring for Manchester United
Cantona is one of English football’s most charismatic figures of all-time
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What is that, you ask? Well the main man has decided to tell you, offering fresh perspective of that phrase in a film he has co-written and narrates.

The United Way charts the rise of United from humble beginnings at the start of the 20th century through to its place as a global powerhouse, which has not been without tragedy and heartache as well as unrivalled glory.

Cantona seems to be the perfect man to tell the story having been vital to United’s success at the start of the 90s. Fans had gone 26 years without a league title until he showed up.

Co-written and featuring Cantona, The United Way tells the story of Manchester United with unique insights from those involved with the famous club
The United Way
Beckham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and many more detail what the club means to the people of Manchester and how they were spurred onto such success
The United Way

“I was born to play for Manchester United. All eyes on me,” he says in the trailer.

Arriving from rivals Leeds in 1992 for £1.2m, he is credited with the revival of this sleeping giant as his goals helped deliver the inaugural Premier League trophy.

Not only did Cantona’s presence influence matters on the pitch, it had a great effect on the players emerging from the famed United youth system. They all wanted to impress the Frenchman and their skills and attributes were honed under the talismanic forward’s watchful eye on the training ground.

United paid a bargain £1.2m for Leeds forward Cantona and never looked back
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Manchester United fans love Eric Cantona
United fans couldn’t help but fall in love with him as he led them to four Premier League titles
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And in The United Way, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs – two of its most famous graduates – talk glowingly about what the club means to them and the people of Manchester.

It has now been 25 years since United became the first club to win the league and cup double twice, doing it without established stars like Paul Ince (sold to Inter), Steve Bruce (to Birmingham), Mark Hughes (to Chelsea) and Andrei Kanchelskis (to Everton).

Instead, the FA Cup was won with Phil and Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Beckham, Giggs and Nicky Butt, while the winning goal – to beat Liverpool’s Spice Boys – was scored by Cantona.

Cantona turned doubters into believers and the club failed to win the title just once in the following four campaigns after he joined.

“That dressing room could handle a character and Eric was definitely a character” Gary Palllister recalled, while Giggs added the players had an ‘arrogance’ about them that they could win games.

And they did.

Now ‘King Eric’ along with former teammates and fellow legends let you in on how it was achieved.

Produced by Matthew Lorenzo (Bobby) and directed by Mat Hodgson (The Four Year Plan) The United Way reveals ‘the soul of a football club, of a city, of a people’ with those who helped make Manchester a pioneering, swashbuckling cultural capital thanks largely to its legendary music scene and juggernaut football team.

The United Way is available on Blu-ray, DVD and to Download from 10 May. It launches on Sky Documentaries and NOW on 24 May

Source: Sport

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