Eric Cantona says Sir Alex Ferguson “was the master of one thing” as Manchester United manager.
Ferguson signed Cantona from Leeds in 1992, with the Frenchman revolutionising English football thereafter.
United won the Premier League title in four of his five seasons at Old Trafford, only missing out in 1994/95 when he was banned for eight months.
The 52-year-old is still remembered fondly in Manchester – partly because he was a phenomenal footballer, but also a top bloke.
In explaining why he has decided to join Juan Mata’s Common Goal initiative, he says the “total freedom” Ferguson promoted should be a prerequisite in football.
‘All the time, I get asked the same questions about my career,’ he wrote in his Players’ Tribune column. ‘”What was it like playing for those United teams? Why did you do so well?”
‘People want some kind of complex answer. They want some kind of secret, I think. But the answer is very simple. Sir Alex Ferguson was the master of one thing: Whenever we took the pitch for a match, after hours and hours of work, we were allowed to be free. We felt total freedom to move where we wanted, to play how we wanted.
‘I could tolerate football no other way. What is football if it is not about freedom?’