the great derby fightbacks with a far-post effort.
COMEBACK KID (23.4.94)
With United pursuing three trophies in 1993/94, Cantona found himself suspended for five matches at a key stage of the season. His absence was bad timing but he returned for the denouement, starting with a bang against City. The Reds won four out of the next five, beginning with a 2-0 derby win. Three guesses who scored both goals?
Under the Old Trafford lights on a cold November evening, Cantona and his United peers warmed the crowd with a lavish performance that would end in a thorough five-goal dissection. Hat-trick hero Andrei Kanchelskis delivered an exceptional pass from the halfway line, and Cantona deftly controlled the ball in his stride, a nonchalant flick with the ball almost behind him. Then, advancing into the box and with City’s defenders desperate to put him off, he unleashed a vicious left-footed effort down the centre of the goal.
SPOT-KICK KING (18.2.96)
United’s FA Cup triumph in 1996 followed the safe negotiation of City in the fifth round. The visitors had taken the lead through Uwe Rosler before referee Alan Wilkie pointed to the spot when he reacted to what he thought was a foul on Cantona in the City area. The visitors were furious, the United fans pleasantly surprised, and while everyone around him was losing their head, Cantona kept his to level. Lee Sharpe fired a late winner.
AT THE DOUBLE (6.4.96)
The Reds were confident of victory. And why not? City hadn’t beaten them since 1989 or even scored a goal in a league derby for 450 minutes. As inevitable as night following day, Cantona got the Reds off the mark after just seven minutes. City rallied and levelled through new signing Mikhail Kavelashvili, but Cantona helped United restore the lead when his pass – part of a neat one-two – set up Andy Cole. City again