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Cantona dreams of leading United

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 15 Nov 2012

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Manchester United legend Eric Cantona said he would love to replace manager Sir Alex Ferguson, but hopes the Scot stays in charge for now.

The former France forward is currently director of soccer at the New York Cosmos, and while the 46-year-old says he wants Ferguson to be the United boss forever, he admitted he would like to take over at Old Trafford when the Scot finally stands aside.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Cantona said: “Alex Ferguson is young, has so much energy, so much love of the game, so many things to give, more and more and more.

“And I love to watch them winning things and I want Ferguson to be manager forever. He’s a winner, that’s why he has won so many things.

“It’s what is incredible with him, next game is like the first game of his career, and he gives you that – his passion, his love of the game, love of winning things.”

Although he wants Ferguson to stay in the job for as long as possible, he admits if he was ever offered the chance to succeed him he would accept it in the drop of a hat.

He continued: “I would say, ‘United is special, of course I would do it’. Today I’m with the New York Cosmos.

“But if one day there is an opportunity, why not?”

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