Manchester United king’s, Eric Cantona, said to be concerned about what will happen to the team once Sir Alex Ferguson retires from managing the double champion. The Frenchman has expressed his fear over the threatening effect of United in the long run losing the most successful manager in their bright history.
The unpopular arrival of the Glazer family saddled the club with around £600 million of debt and has seen United’s ticket prices, previously some of the most competitively priced in the Premier League, rise year-on-year.
However the Glazers has allowed Ferguson to build another championship winning squad, Cantona believes that it is only Fergie’s experienced hand that is keeping Man United challenging in domestic and European competition.
“I can understand why the fans are concerned,” said Eric to the Telegraph.
“The philosophy of the club will never change while Alex Ferguson is at the club. After he leaves . . . that’s what makes me worry.
“Ferguson is so strong, so popular, he can control everything. For the moment nothing has changed there – apart from in an economic way.
“I’m worried about the future. I hope that things will not change.”
Eric also assured his support for FC United, the club founded by disaffected supporters who bitterly fought against the Glazer takeover.
“They have a great idea,” said Cantona. “I hope they will become a great club and win the European Cup in 50 years’ time.
“Every club has to be created at one point. Now I am interested in the people who create clubs. Which type of people created Manchester United or Manchester City?”
Sir Alex Ferguson is said to quit management at the end of 2010 once he completes 25 years with United. It is early to say who is going to replace Fergie, but Eric Cantona name will be more than welcomed by the fans and players.
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