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Leeds' All Time Greats: No 1 Eric Cantona
Published : 06 Feb 2010 08:33:33
In a new series we look at the all time great Leeds United players starting with a cult. Eric Cantona (1992) 34 appearances, 11 goals Cantona gave Leeds some much-needed impetus in 1992, but while his subsequent sale to the Theatre of Short Memories has been widely used to damn Howard Wilkinson, nobody, including I suspect Sir Alex Ferguson, could have envisaged the bit-part player becoming such a global icon. "I don't recall him getting too many clinchers," Gordon Strachan said of the 1992 title campaign, but there were occasional moments of brilliance. It was scarcely a surprise that Leeds's Rimbaud-reading maverick did not gel with Sergeant "Last of the Summer Wine" Wilko. "Eric likes to do what he likes when he likes and then f***s off," Wilkinson said. "We'd all want a bit of that." Personal informationFull nameEric Daniel Pierre CantonaDate of birth24 May 1966 (1966-05-24) (age 43)Place of birthMarseille, FranceHeight6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Playing positionForward (retired)Youth career000?-1981SO Les CaillolsSenior career*YearsTeamApps†(Gls)†1983-1988Auxerre82(23)1985-1986→ Martigues (loan)15(4)1988-1991Marseille40(13)1989→ Bordeaux (loan)11(6)1989-1990→ Montpellier (loan)33(10)1991Nîmes16(2)1992Leeds United28(9)1992-1997Manchester United144(64)Total369(131)National team1987-1995France45(20)* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.† Appearances (Goals).