Man United fans reduced to tears by Ferguson’s 1997 letter to Eric Cantona

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Sir Alex Ferguson was arguably the best manager Manchester United ever had in the Premier League era. He had a successful stint that gave the Red Devils great glory in Europe and the entire world.

A section of United fans usually get emotional at the reflection of his days; his organization, playing style and relationship with his players. In fact, Old Trafford was a dream place for many players.

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All that said, United fans were reduced to tears again when his letter to legend Eric Cantona was shared on social media. The Scottish penned down an emotional letter to Cantona on 18 August 1997, bewailing the player’s retirement from football.

In the letter, although Ferguson appreciated the star for his contribution to the club and advised him on what to do onwards, he is also seen regretting Cantona’s decision to retire since he was a top-class striker at Old Trafford at the time.

Here is the letter;


The letter did not leave United fans the same as many confessed that they were shedding tears while reading the message.

Check out some of their reactions;

In his stint at Old Trafford, a large, physically strong, hard-working, and tenacious forward Eric Cantona won 4 Premier League titles in 5 years, two League, and FA Cup doubles. He won the league championship in seven of his last eight full seasons as a professional. At the international level, he played for the France national team.

Sir Alex Ferguson, on his part, managed United from 1986 to 2013. The greatest United manager of all time won a total of 38 trophies in his 26 years at Old Trafford- 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 2 UEFA Champion League titles. He was knighted in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to the game.

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