Saturday 21 December 1996
MANCHESTER UNITED 5
(Solskjaer 36,48 Cantona 43pen,79 Butt 58)
United: Schmeichel; G.Neville, May, Pallister (McClair 46), Irwin; P.Neville, Butt, Scholes, Giggs; Cantona, Solskjaer (Poborsky 54).
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.