Eric Cantona, Manchester United player

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Goals

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 97Lou Macari
 85David Beckham
 82Eric Cantona
 80Enoch West
 78Frank Stapleton
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Goals per match

Man Utd
 0.44Gilbert Godsmark
 0.44Eddie Green
 0.44Eric Cantona
 0.44Enoch West
 0.44John Beddow
Manchester United Players - Goals per game
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Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona
- striker -
 Birth place:Paris
National team:France
Date of birth:24 May 1966
Age:47
  MU Career
 Seasons:5
Appearances:185 (184 starts + 1 subs)
Goals:82
Goals per match:0.44
First appearance:6 December 1992, aged 25
Last appearance:11 May 1997, aged 30
MU career:4.4 years
  First, Last, Latest
 First start:Saturday 12 December 1992
First sub:Sunday 6 December 1992
First goal:Saturday 19 December 1992
Last start:Sunday 11 May 1997
Last sub:Sunday 6 December 1992
Last goalSaturday 12 April 1997
  Other Clubs (* loan)
 Before:Auxerre, Martigues*, Marseille, Bordeaux*, Montpellier Herault*, Nimes, Leeds United
During:none
After:none
Details last checked/updated: 2 April 2014

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Appearances

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 191Tommy Taylor
 187John Aston
 185Eric Cantona
 185Antonio Valencia
 184Jimmy Delaney
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Ryan Giggs.

MU career in years

Man Utd
 4.5Stuart Pearson
 4.4Paul Parker
 4.4Eric Cantona
 4.4Oscar Linkson
 4.4Colin Gibson
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Player news

  • Former player, Eric Cantona, receives most nominations for awards to mark the first twenty years of the Premiership.16 Apr 12
  • Former player, Eric Cantona, suggests he may stand for the Presidency of France to draw attention to the plight of the homeless.10 Jan 12
  • In Paul Scholes' testimonial match (5 August) Manchester United will play New York Cosmos coached by former player, Eric Cantona.10 Jun 11
  • Former player, Eric Cantona, is appointed Director of Soccer at the New York Cosmos.19 Jan 11

Player profile

Eric Cantona was hugely influential at Manchester United. Four times in five seasons he helped the club win the Premiership. He was idolised by the supporters, despite his disciplinary failings and, for his final season, he was club captain.

Cantona was born in 1966 in Paris, and lived - and played - in France until he was twenty-five. The French part of his career was stormy and unsettled. After first playing for Auxerre in 1983, Cantona played for six different clubs. He signed for Auxerre, Marseille and Nimes, and had spells on-loan at Martigues, Bordeaux and Montpellier. Wherever he went he was recognised as a talented footballer, but also a difficult character. He fell-out with chairmen, managers, team-mates and referees and his indiscipline led to numerous periods of suspension. So frustrated did Cantona become that he decided to retire from football in 1991, aged just twenty-five. France coach, Michel Platini, persuaded him to try again - in England.

In 1992 Cantona signed for Leeds United, following a period on trial at Sheffield Wednesday. The Leeds supporters greeted him with ‘Ooh Aah Cantona’ and, in his first season, he helped them win the League Championship. Though recognising his talents, Leeds United manager, Howard Wilkinson, was still concerned about Cantona’s instability. In November 1992, Wilkinson made a transfer enquiry about Denis Irwin. The reply indicated that Irwin wasn’t for sale, but then enquired about Cantona. To Alex Ferguson’s surprise, Wilkinson was happy to sell him, and to sell him for just over £1m.

Cantona joined Manchester United half-way through the 1992-1993 season. His impact was immediate. He scored nine goals during the remainder of that season and helped Manchester United to be league champions, for the first time in twenty-six years. In 1993-1994 Manchester United won the double, then in 1995-1996 they won the double again. In 1996-1997 they won a fourth league championship in five seasons. For a good part of the season when there wasn’t success, 1994-1995, Cantona was suspended. After being sent-off in a game against Crystal Palace, he attacked a Palace supporter while leaving the field. He was banned from all football for eight months, as well as having to do one hundred and twenty hours of community service. This brought him even more media attention, which prompted him on one occasion to utter the infamous and inscrutable line “when the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea”. Cantona became club captain for the 1996-1997 season, at the end of which he announced his retirement. He was only thirty-one, but felt it was time to finish. His departure was as unexpected as his arrival.

Few Manchester United footballers have been as influential as Eric Cantona. He added confidence and class to a good side and made it great. He had limitless self-belief and his absence of nerves calmed those around him. He took to the Old Trafford stage as if it had been made for him, playing there with poise and authority. Cantona was a strong, athletic footballer, who was two-footed and good in the air. He had great vision and awareness, making goals for others as well as scoring them himself. It was said of him that he really only wanted to score ‘beautiful goals’. There was certainly something artistic about his play, as well as a touch of genius. He was capable of creating time and space for himself and others. He worked hard at his skills, instilling into the emerging generation at Old Trafford the need for relentless practice. In all of this, Cantona was superbly managed by Alex Ferguson. Ferguson appreciated Cantona’s talents, but also his love for Manchester United and his determination to succeed. He got the best out of Cantona, allowing him certain privileges that others would never have been allowed.

Cantona was the players’ Player of the Year in 1994 and the writers’ Player of the Year in 1996. He represented France, but not as often as he might have done. He played for Manchester United in European competition, but never with quite the same effect as he had at home. Cantona was a complex character: imaginative, temperamental and undeniably different. To those who greatly enjoyed the Cantona-era, Eric was ‘the king’.

Seasons(5)

Man Utd
seasons
league
fa cup
league cup
europe
others
all matches
app ratio
  1 1992-1993   21 1 22 9   1 - 1 -   - - - -   - - - -   - - - -   22 1 23 9  
  2 1993-1994   34 - 34 18   5 - 5 4   5 - 5 1   4 - 4 2   1 - 1 -   49 - 49 25  
  3 1994-1995   21 - 21 12   1 - 1 1   - - - -   2 - 2 -   1 - 1 1   25 - 25 14  
  4 1995-1996   30 - 30 14   7 - 7 5   1 - 1 -   - - - -   - - - -   38 - 38 19  
  5 1996-1997   36 - 36 11   3 - 3 -   - - - -   10 - 10 3   1 - 1 1   50 - 50 15  
    All seasons   142 1 143 64   17 - 17 10   6 - 6 1   16 - 16 5   3 - 3 2   184 1 185 82  
About Man Utd - TipThe Seasons table shows: starts, appearances as a substitute, total appearances (starts + subs), goals

Appearances(185)

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date
competition
home team
score
away team
start
sub
goals
 1Sun 6 Dec 1992PremiershipMU2 - 1Manchester City man utd 
 2Sat 12 Dec 1992PremiershipMU1 - 0Norwich Cityman utd  
 3Sat 19 Dec 1992PremiershipChelsea1 - 1MUman utd 1
 4Sat 26 Dec 1992PremiershipSheffield Wednesday3 - 3MUman utd 1
 5Mon 28 Dec 1992PremiershipMU5 - 0Coventry Cityman utd 1
 6Tue 5 Jan 1993FA CupMU2 - 0Buryman utd  
 7Sat 9 Jan 1993PremiershipMU4 - 1Tottenham Hotspurman utd 1
 8Wed 27 Jan 1993PremiershipMU2 - 0Nottingham Forestman utd  
 9Sat 30 Jan 1993PremiershipIpswich Town2 - 1MUman utd  
 10Sat 6 Feb 1993PremiershipMU2 - 1Sheffield Unitedman utd 1
 11Mon 8 Feb 1993PremiershipLeeds United0 - 0MUman utd  
 12Sat 20 Feb 1993PremiershipMU2 - 1Southamptonman utd  
 13Sat 27 Feb 1993PremiershipMU3 - 0Middlesbroughman utd 1
 14Sun 14 Mar 1993PremiershipMU1 - 1Aston Villaman utd  
 15Sat 20 Mar 1993PremiershipManchester City1 - 1MUman utd 1
 16Wed 24 Mar 1993PremiershipMU0 - 0Arsenalman utd  
 17Mon 5 Apr 1993PremiershipNorwich City1 - 3MUman utd 1
 18Sat 10 Apr 1993PremiershipMU2 - 1Sheffield Wednesdayman utd  
 19Mon 12 Apr 1993PremiershipCoventry City0 - 1MUman utd  
 20Sat 17 Apr 1993PremiershipMU3 - 0Chelseaman utd 1
 21Wed 21 Apr 1993PremiershipCrystal Palace0 - 2MUman utd  
 22Mon 3 May 1993PremiershipMU3 - 1Blackburn Roversman utd  
 23Sun 9 May 1993PremiershipWimbledon1 - 2MUman utd  
 24Sat 7 Aug 1993FA Charity ShieldMU *1 - 1Arsenalman utd  
 25Sat 28 Aug 1993PremiershipSouthampton1 - 3MUman utd 1
 26Wed 1 Sep 1993PremiershipMU3 - 0West Ham Unitedman utd 1
 27Sat 11 Sep 1993PremiershipChelsea1 - 0MUman utd  
 28Wed 15 Sep 1993UEFA Champions LeagueHonved2 - 3MUman utd 1
 29Sun 19 Sep 1993PremiershipMU1 - 0Arsenalman utd 1
 30Sat 25 Sep 1993PremiershipMU4 - 2Swindon Townman utd 1
 31Wed 29 Sep 1993UEFA Champions LeagueMU2 - 1Honvedman utd  
 32Sat 2 Oct 1993PremiershipSheffield Wednesday2 - 3MUman utd  
 33Sat 16 Oct 1993PremiershipMU2 - 1Tottenham Hotspurman utd  
 34Wed 20 Oct 1993UEFA Champions LeagueMU3 - 3Galatasarayman utd 1
 35Sat 23 Oct 1993PremiershipEverton0 - 1MUman utd  
 36Sat 30 Oct 1993PremiershipMU2 - 1Queens Park Rangersman utd 1
 37Wed 3 Nov 1993UEFA Champions LeagueGalatasaray0 - 0MUman utd  
 38Sun 7 Nov 1993PremiershipManchester City2 - 3MUman utd 2
 39Sat 20 Nov 1993PremiershipMU3 - 1Wimbledonman utd  
 40Wed 24 Nov 1993PremiershipMU0 - 0Ipswich Townman utd  
 41Sat 27 Nov 1993PremiershipCoventry City0 - 1MUman utd 1
 42Tue 30 Nov 1993League CupEverton0 - 2MUman utd  
 43Sat 4 Dec 1993PremiershipMU2 - 2Norwich Cityman utd  
 44Tue 7 Dec 1993PremiershipSheffield United0 - 3MUman utd 1
 45Sat 11 Dec 1993PremiershipNewcastle United1 - 1MUman utd  
 46Sun 19 Dec 1993PremiershipMU3 - 1Aston Villaman utd 2
 47Sun 26 Dec 1993PremiershipMU1 - 1Blackburn Roversman utd  
 48Wed 29 Dec 1993PremiershipOldham Athletic2 - 5MUman utd 1
 49Sat 1 Jan 1994PremiershipMU0 - 0Leeds Unitedman utd  
 50Tue 4 Jan 1994PremiershipLiverpool3 - 3MUman utd  
 51Sun 9 Jan 1994FA CupSheffield United0 - 1MUman utd  
 52Wed 12 Jan 1994League CupMU2 - 2Portsmouthman utd 1
 53Sat 15 Jan 1994PremiershipTottenham Hotspur0 - 1MUman utd  
 54Sat 22 Jan 1994PremiershipMU1 - 0Evertonman utd  
 55Wed 26 Jan 1994League CupPortsmouth0 - 1MUman utd  
 56Sun 30 Jan 1994FA CupNorwich City0 - 2MUman utd 1
 57Sat 5 Feb 1994PremiershipQueens Park Rangers2 - 3MUman utd 1
 58Sun 13 Feb 1994League CupMU1 - 0Sheffield Wednesdayman utd  
 59Sun 20 Feb 1994FA CupWimbledon0 - 3MUman utd 1
 60Sat 26 Feb 1994PremiershipWest Ham United2 - 2MUman utd  
 61Sat 12 Mar 1994FA CupMU3 - 1Charlton Athleticman utd  
 62Wed 16 Mar 1994PremiershipMU5 - 0Sheffield Wednesdayman utd 2
 63Sat 19 Mar 1994PremiershipSwindon Town2 - 2MUman utd  
 64Tue 22 Mar 1994PremiershipArsenal2 - 2MUman utd  
 65Sun 27 Mar 1994League CupMU *1 - 3Aston Villaman utd  
 66Wed 30 Mar 1994PremiershipMU1 - 0Liverpoolman utd  
 67Sat 23 Apr 1994PremiershipMU2 - 0Manchester Cityman utd 2
 68Wed 27 Apr 1994PremiershipLeeds United0 - 2MUman utd  
 69Sun 1 May 1994PremiershipIpswich Town1 - 2MUman utd 1
 70Wed 4 May 1994PremiershipMU2 - 0Southamptonman utd  
 71Sun 8 May 1994PremiershipMU0 - 0Coventry Cityman utd  
 72Sat 14 May 1994FA CupMU *4 - 0Chelseaman utd 2
 73Sun 14 Aug 1994FA Charity ShieldMU *2 - 0Blackburn Roversman utd 1
 74Wed 31 Aug 1994PremiershipMU3 - 0Wimbledonman utd 1
 75Sun 11 Sep 1994PremiershipLeeds United2 - 1MUman utd 1
 76Sat 17 Sep 1994PremiershipMU2 - 0Liverpoolman utd  
 77Sat 24 Sep 1994PremiershipIpswich Town3 - 2MUman utd 1
 78Sat 1 Oct 1994PremiershipMU2 - 0Evertonman utd  
 79Sat 15 Oct 1994PremiershipMU1 - 0West Ham Unitedman utd 1
 80Mon 24 Oct 1994PremiershipBlackburn Rovers2 - 4MUman utd 1
 81Sat 29 Oct 1994PremiershipMU2 - 0Newcastle Unitedman utd  
 82Sun 6 Nov 1994PremiershipAston Villa1 - 2MUman utd  
 83Thu 10 Nov 1994PremiershipMU5 - 0Manchester Cityman utd 1
 84Sat 19 Nov 1994PremiershipMU3 - 0Crystal Palaceman utd 1
 85Wed 23 Nov 1994UEFA Champions LeagueGothenburg3 - 1MUman utd  
 86Sat 26 Nov 1994PremiershipArsenal0 - 0MUman utd  
 87Sat 3 Dec 1994PremiershipMU1 - 0Norwich Cityman utd 1
 88Wed 7 Dec 1994UEFA Champions LeagueMU4 - 0Galatasarayman utd  
 89Sat 17 Dec 1994PremiershipMU1 - 2Nottingham Forestman utd 1
 90Mon 26 Dec 1994PremiershipChelsea2 - 3MUman utd 1
 91Wed 28 Dec 1994PremiershipMU1 - 1Leicester Cityman utd  
 92Sat 31 Dec 1994PremiershipSouthampton2 - 2MUman utd  
 93Tue 3 Jan 1995PremiershipMU2 - 0Coventry Cityman utd 1
 94Mon 9 Jan 1995FA CupSheffield United0 - 2MUman utd 1
 95Sun 15 Jan 1995PremiershipNewcastle United1 - 1MUman utd  
 96Sun 22 Jan 1995PremiershipMU1 - 0Blackburn Roversman utd 1
 97Wed 25 Jan 1995PremiershipCrystal Palace1 - 1MUman utd  
 98Sun 1 Oct 1995PremiershipMU2 - 2Liverpoolman utd 1
 99Tue 3 Oct 1995League CupYork City1 - 3MUman utd  
 100Sat 21 Oct 1995PremiershipChelsea1 - 4MUman utd  
 101Sat 28 Oct 1995PremiershipMU2 - 0Middlesbroughman utd  
 102Sat 4 Nov 1995PremiershipArsenal1 - 0MUman utd  
 103Sat 18 Nov 1995PremiershipMU4 - 1Southamptonman utd  
 104Wed 22 Nov 1995PremiershipCoventry City0 - 4MUman utd  
 105Mon 27 Nov 1995PremiershipNottingham Forest1 - 1MUman utd 1
 106Sat 2 Dec 1995PremiershipMU1 - 1Chelseaman utd  
 107Sat 9 Dec 1995PremiershipMU2 - 2Sheffield Wednesdayman utd 2
 108Sun 17 Dec 1995PremiershipLiverpool2 - 0MUman utd  
 109Sun 24 Dec 1995PremiershipLeeds United3 - 1MUman utd  
 110Wed 27 Dec 1995PremiershipMU2 - 0Newcastle Unitedman utd  
 111Sat 30 Dec 1995PremiershipMU2 - 1Queens Park Rangersman utd  
 112Mon 1 Jan 1996PremiershipTottenham Hotspur4 - 1MUman utd  
 113Sat 6 Jan 1996FA CupMU2 - 2Sunderlandman utd 1
 114Sat 13 Jan 1996PremiershipMU0 - 0Aston Villaman utd  
 115Tue 16 Jan 1996FA CupSunderland1 - 2MUman utd  
 116Mon 22 Jan 1996PremiershipWest Ham United0 - 1MUman utd 1
 117Sat 27 Jan 1996FA CupReading0 - 3MUman utd 1
 118Sat 3 Feb 1996PremiershipWimbledon2 - 4MUman utd 2
 119Sat 10 Feb 1996PremiershipMU1 - 0Blackburn Roversman utd  
 120Sun 18 Feb 1996FA CupMU2 - 1Manchester Cityman utd 1
 121Wed 21 Feb 1996PremiershipMU2 - 0Evertonman utd  
 122Sun 25 Feb 1996PremiershipBolton Wanderers0 - 6MUman utd  
 123Mon 4 Mar 1996PremiershipNewcastle United0 - 1MUman utd 1
 124Mon 11 Mar 1996FA CupMU2 - 0Southamptonman utd 1
 125Sat 16 Mar 1996PremiershipQueens Park Rangers1 - 1MUman utd 1
 126Wed 20 Mar 1996PremiershipMU1 - 0Arsenalman utd 1
 127Sun 24 Mar 1996PremiershipMU1 - 0Tottenham Hotspurman utd 1
 128Sun 31 Mar 1996FA CupMU *2 - 1Chelseaman utd  
 129Sat 6 Apr 1996PremiershipManchester City2 - 3MUman utd 1
 130Mon 8 Apr 1996PremiershipMU1 - 0Coventry Cityman utd 1
 131Sat 13 Apr 1996PremiershipSouthampton3 - 1MUman utd  
 132Wed 17 Apr 1996PremiershipMU1 - 0Leeds Unitedman utd  
 133Sun 28 Apr 1996PremiershipMU5 - 0Nottingham Forestman utd 1
 134Sun 5 May 1996PremiershipMiddlesbrough0 - 3MUman utd  
 135Sat 11 May 1996FA CupMU *1 - 0Liverpoolman utd 1
 136Sun 11 Aug 1996FA Charity ShieldMU *4 - 0Newcastle Unitedman utd 1
 137Sat 17 Aug 1996PremiershipWimbledon0 - 3MUman utd 1
 138Wed 21 Aug 1996PremiershipMU2 - 2Evertonman utd  
 139Sun 25 Aug 1996PremiershipMU2 - 2Blackburn Roversman utd  
 140Wed 4 Sep 1996PremiershipDerby County1 - 1MUman utd  
 141Sat 7 Sep 1996PremiershipLeeds United0 - 4MUman utd 1
 142Wed 11 Sep 1996UEFA Champions LeagueJuventus1 - 0MUman utd  
 143Sat 14 Sep 1996PremiershipMU4 - 1Nottingham Forestman utd 2
 144Sat 21 Sep 1996PremiershipAston Villa0 - 0MUman utd  
 145Wed 25 Sep 1996UEFA Champions LeagueMU2 - 0Rapid Viennaman utd  
 146Sun 29 Sep 1996PremiershipMU2 - 0Tottenham Hotspurman utd  
 147Sat 12 Oct 1996PremiershipMU1 - 0Liverpoolman utd  
 148Wed 16 Oct 1996UEFA Champions LeagueFenerbahce0 - 2MUman utd 1
 149Sun 20 Oct 1996PremiershipNewcastle United5 - 0MUman utd  
 150Sat 26 Oct 1996PremiershipSouthampton6 - 3MUman utd  
 151Wed 30 Oct 1996UEFA Champions LeagueMU0 - 1Fenerbahceman utd  
 152Sat 2 Nov 1996PremiershipMU1 - 2Chelseaman utd  
 153Sat 16 Nov 1996PremiershipMU1 - 0Arsenalman utd  
 154Wed 20 Nov 1996UEFA Champions LeagueMU0 - 1Juventusman utd  
 155Sat 23 Nov 1996PremiershipMiddlesbrough2 - 2MUman utd  
 156Sat 30 Nov 1996PremiershipMU3 - 1Leicester Cityman utd  
 157Wed 4 Dec 1996UEFA Champions LeagueRapid Vienna0 - 2MUman utd 1
 158Sun 8 Dec 1996PremiershipWest Ham United2 - 2MUman utd  
 159Wed 18 Dec 1996PremiershipSheffield Wednesday1 - 1MUman utd  
 160Sat 21 Dec 1996PremiershipMU5 - 0Sunderlandman utd 2
 161Thu 26 Dec 1996PremiershipNottingham Forest0 - 4MUman utd  
 162Sat 28 Dec 1996PremiershipMU1 - 0Leeds Unitedman utd 1
 163Wed 1 Jan 1997PremiershipMU0 - 0Aston Villaman utd  
 164Sun 5 Jan 1997FA CupMU2 - 0Tottenham Hotspurman utd  
 165Sun 12 Jan 1997PremiershipTottenham Hotspur1 - 2MUman utd  
 166Sat 18 Jan 1997PremiershipCoventry City0 - 2MUman utd  
 167Sat 25 Jan 1997FA CupMU1 - 1Wimbledonman utd  
 168Wed 29 Jan 1997PremiershipMU2 - 1Wimbledonman utd  
 169Sat 1 Feb 1997PremiershipMU2 - 1Southamptonman utd 1
 170Tue 4 Feb 1997FA CupWimbledon1 - 0MUman utd  
 171Sat 1 Mar 1997PremiershipMU3 - 1Coventry Cityman utd  
 172Wed 5 Mar 1997UEFA Champions LeagueMU4 - 0Portoman utd 1
 173Sat 8 Mar 1997PremiershipSunderland2 - 1MUman utd  
 174Sat 15 Mar 1997PremiershipMU2 - 0Sheffield Wednesdayman utd  
 175Wed 19 Mar 1997UEFA Champions LeaguePorto0 - 0MUman utd  
 176Sat 22 Mar 1997PremiershipEverton0 - 2MUman utd 1
 177Sat 5 Apr 1997PremiershipMU2 - 3Derby Countyman utd 1
 178Wed 9 Apr 1997UEFA Champions LeagueBorussia Dortmund1 - 0MUman utd  
 179Sat 12 Apr 1997PremiershipBlackburn Rovers2 - 3MUman utd 1
 180Sat 19 Apr 1997PremiershipLiverpool1 - 3MUman utd  
 181Wed 23 Apr 1997UEFA Champions LeagueMU0 - 1Borussia Dortmundman utd  
 182Sat 3 May 1997PremiershipLeicester City2 - 2MUman utd  
 183Mon 5 May 1997PremiershipMU3 - 3Middlesbroughman utd  
 184Thu 8 May 1997PremiershipMU0 - 0Newcastle Unitedman utd  
 185Sun 11 May 1997PremiershipMU2 - 0West Ham Unitedman utd  
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