Eric Cantona wants top job and would ‘excite’ after Jose Mourinho sacking

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The club’s former managing director of merchandising said the Old Trafford legend is ‘desperate’ for the role

Eric Cantona has thrown his hat into the ring to be the next Manchester United manager.

United sacked Jose Mourinho on Tuesday after the club slipped 19 points behind rivals Liverpool.

Eric Cantona wants the top job at Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named as caretaker manager of the Red Devils on Wednesday until the end of the season when the club expect to appoint a permanent boss.

Former managing director of merchandising at the club, Edward Freedman, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Cantona is “desperate” for the role.

Manchester United icon Eric Cantona to play at Old Trafford in Soccer Aid game this summer

Eric Cantona during his playing days for Manchester United

Freedman said: “Solskjaer doesn’t excite me one little bit and I’m sure he doesn’t excite the fans.

“I think I have an answer I don’t think they would listen to, or actually understand, and you could turn it around very quickly.

“There’s one player that no one has mentioned. He is a legend at United, he is worshipped by the fans, he is an intelligent guy. I know him very well and is the person who would make everything, not just on the field but off the field, work. That is Eric Cantona.

“I have been with Eric on a stage show and he has got up there and told how he loves United. He wanted to do the job and, certainly as an interim, what have you got to lose?

“He wants the job. He is desperate.”


Cantona would be a wildcard choice as Manchester United manager with his lack of coaching and management experience.

Following his retirement from football in 1997 at the age of 30, he was involved with the France beach football team until he resigned as manager in 2011. He then had a brief stint at the New York Cosmos as director of soccer.

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