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When selecting the Best Manchester United Transfer Finds ever, who else could top the poll except Eric Cantona?
He came to Old Trafford by chance. Leeds United had contacted their Manchester counterparts to inquire about the availability of Denis Irwin. When they were rebuffed, Sir Alex, who had failed in his attempts to sign David Hirst, Matt Le Tissier and Brian Deane, desperately needed a striker.
He cheekily enquired about Eric Cantona, and a few days later, the deal was done for an astonishing £1.2 million.
What is there left to say about the talismanic, mercurial, unpredictable Frenchman? From the moment he arrived, his heart was in Old Trafford, and the fans loved him for it.
He enriched a team that might have struggled otherwise. Before his arrival, United hadn't won the top division title for 25 years. During the five years Eric played, they won nine trophies, including four Premier League titles.
He was charismatic and inspirational, and the fans could forgive him anything, including his eight-month ban for the infamous "kung fu" attack on a Crystal Palace fan.
He was then what Robin Van Persie may soon become for the Old Trafford faithful: a touchstone for success when it is most needed.
While sometimes difficult to understand, he was nevertheless highly intelligent and creative. He inspired great play and was a natural leader, even before he was appointed captain.
He could play anywhere in midfield or up front, which was one of the main reasons he was so difficult to defend against. In his all too few 185 appearances, he scored 82 goals, which would be a very acceptable rate for an out-and-out striker.
He has forever been immortalised in the songs that pour down from the Stretford End terraces, where he remains a hero. Soon, he may be joined as a folk hero by Robin van Persie, as the singing on Saturday suggested.