Sir Alex Ferguson explains his decision to sign Eric Cantona from Leeds

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Eric Cantona moved to Manchester United from Leeds United in 1992.

Sir Alex Ferguson has explained in his new book ‘Leading’ what made him sign Eric Cantona from Leeds United for Manchester United in 1992.

"After a game against Leeds United in 1992, I was in the bath with the players, which was highly unusual for me,” the former United manager wrote, as quoted by The Mirror.

“Listening to their analysis of the match, Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister were raving about Eric Cantona, the French striker Leeds had signed from Nimes.

"Steve Bruce was particularly complimentary about Cantona’s abilities. Somehow, those comments planted a seed, which soon afterwards led us to signing Eric from Leeds United.

"And we all know how that turned out! Listening, even just for a few moments, led to a decision that changed the landscape for Manchester United.”

Cantona was brilliant for Leeds and helped them win the Football League First Division title in the 1991-92 season, but he took his game to the next level at United and was instrumental in the success in the Premier League.

The former France international forward spent almost five years at Old Traffird, scoring 82 goals in 185 appearances in the process.

With United, Cantona won the Premier League four times, the FA Cup twice and the Charity Shield (now known as the FA Community Shield) on three occasions.

Cantona did not win the Champions League with the Red Devils, but without doubt he is one of the greatest players in the English club’s history.

The Frenchman retired from professional football in 1997 when he was just 30 years of age with a year still left to run on his United contract.

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