Manchester United legend Eric Cantona believes Cristiano Ronaldo should remain at Old Trafford, but has warned the unsettled star that they will still win things without him.
The Portugal international, who scored 42 goals in all competitions last season, continues to be strongly linked with a world record transfer move to Real Madrid this summer.
The Red Devils took the unusual step of reporting the Spanish club to FIFA on Monday following their public pursuit of the player who is currently away on international duty at Euro 2008.
But despite revealing his hope that Ronaldo will stay at Old Trafford, fans' favourite Cantona has warned the winger that his departure would not significantly damage the club.
He said: "We all want the best players to play for United.
"He's the best player in the world so we all want him to stay at United, but if he wants to leave I think United will still win things.
"United is the biggest club in the world, they will win things generation after generation.
"They won things, are winning things and will continue to win things whoever is playing for them."
Meanwhile, Cantona has also revealed his interest in succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford managerial hot-seat.
The mercurial Frenchman, who also claims he feels more of an affinity to England than the country of his birth, has been out of football since his surprise retirement in 1997.
"In the near future, maybe when I will be the manager of England they will have a chance to win something," he claimed.
"Manager of Manchester first if I can and then manager of England. With United, I'll win many things."