The 47-year-old former Manchester United forward under Sir Alex Ferguson spoke in the aftermath of United’s disastrous 3-0 defeat to arch rivals Manchester City in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.
The Frenchman who spent five years at Old Trafford, making 185 appearances and scoring 82 goals to help the Red Devils to no less than four Premier League titles and two FA Cups in that period believes, despite recent poor results and pressure on manager David Moyes, fans and pundits alike should wait and see.
"Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world. They have been at the highest level for 20 years, and I think they will come back very, very soon,” he told SkySports.
"At every big club it is sometimes like this, but they have proved in the past they have the level to come back and I'm sure Manchester United will come back very soon."
Not only does the former France international will bounce back but he also suggests they could be back with a bang as early as next year, in contrast to a number of former players and pundits who almost across the board has asserted their opinions that it will take a long time for Moyes to rebuild at Old Trafford.
"I think he has a long-term project. At the moment it is not very good, but maybe next year it will be great and everybody will see. But I think he is strong enough to handle the pressure," Cantona added.
Cantona clearly backs the boss who has come under increasing pressure, culminating in a barrage of criticism in the press, on TV, on fan blogs and even at the stadium on Tuesday – stewards even had to stand guard over the David Moyes ‘Chosen One’ banner at Old Trafford to ensure it wasn’t defaced or destroyed by fans evidently disappointed with the result to their rivals City.