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Saturday 21 December 1996
Old Trafford

MANCHESTER UNITED 5
(Solskjaer 36,48 Cantona 43pen,79 Butt 58)

SUNDERLAND 0

United: Schmeichel; G.Neville, May, Pallister (McClair 46), Irwin; P.Neville, Butt, Scholes, Giggs; Cantona, Solskjaer (Poborsky 54).

21/12/2011 10:39, Report by A Marshall & S Muncaster

Video: Cantona's chip

15 years ago, on 21 December 1996, Eric Cantona was out of touch and out of form with some pundits prepared to write off the fabulous Frenchman.

The shrewdest of signings from Leeds had already ended an 11-game goal drought in the Barclays Premier League with a penalty but proved he was back to his best with a stunning strike that had the hallmark of genius stamped all over it.

Exchanging passes with Brian McClair, Cantona moved through the backpedalling Sunderland defence and conjured up a chip over Lionel Perez that was a thing of beauty.

The iconic celebration that followed, turning slowly to regally address all corners of Old Trafford with a mixure of arrogance and satisfaction, summed up why he was dubbed 'King Eric' by the fans.

Check out our MUTV video of the highlights from the 5-0 win.

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