Saturday, April 12, 2008

Encouragment From a United Hero

(story taken from

Eric backs double bid

Eric Cantona says the Reds are on for a glorious league and European Cup double this season, claiming "this will be United's season".

The Frenchman was a special guest for United's midweek 1-0 win over AS Roma, which sent Sir Alex Ferguson's men through 3-0 on aggregate.

Barcelona await the Reds in the semi finals, while this weekend Arsenal visit Old Trafford in a crucial league encounter. But Cantona is confident United will get past both sides and go on to clinch the double.

"Manchester United will win both trophies, I am sure of that," said Eric. "It will be tough, the title is close and Barcelona are a great team, but United have everything right now; this will be their season."

Key to United's success is the form of Cristiano Ronaldo, who Cantona believes is head and shoulders above any other player in the world.

"Cristiano Ronaldo has skills which no other player has, he is the best player in the world," Cantona told the Manchester Evening News. "It's important he plays as many games as possible.

"I am happy he is wearing my shirt. It was special for me, I hope it is special for him too."

Eric Cantona was my footballing inspiration as a lad. Collars and cleats up!