I found it tough to place the top two. Actually, make it the top three. Nothing really separates them, but this is how I place them in my opinion!
Started in England at Leeds United, where he helped them to the First Division title, the year before it became the Premiership. Manchester United made a cheeky £1 million bid for Eric not even expecting a response, but amazingly Leeds accepted, and the rest is history.
Did anyone do anything more than "The King" to revive Manchester United as a football force? An inspirational force, quite possibly the biggest icon to ever play at Old Trafford, Cantona was even voted by United’s own magazine as United’s greatest ever player.
But for his skill, there was his bad disciplinary record where he often picked up suspensions for rash challenges. And who will ever forget his famous kung fu kick into the crowd? But that’s what made him who he was, and I’m sure no United fan would have him any other way.
Picked up a PFA and Football Writers' Player of the Year awards and was also an inaugural inductee into the Hall of Fame for British football.
Four Premierships and two FA Cups in only five years at United came to Cantona. He retired from the game at the age of 30 which was way too prematurely for me, but that summed the man up. The minute he thought he may start to show even the smallest amount of decline he packed it all in, wanting us all to remember him for the player he was. Many tears were shed when he left and every match day, even 14 years later, you can still hear his name mentioned.
Cantona returns in August leading the New York Cosmos for Paul Scholes' testimonial, and I for one can’t wait to join in with the other 76,000 in still showing our appreciation for one of United’s and the Premiership's greatest.