"The cameras tracked his every move from the tunnel to out on the pitch as the fans worshipped their idol in a manner rarely seen before and since."

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02/12/2012 10:38, Report by Adam Marshall
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The return of the King

The Reds would have to settle for a 2-2 draw, leaving opposing boss Evans to complain bitterly afterwards: "It is a sad story when the referee thinks he has equal billing with Eric Cantona. I thought Cantona passed the test but the referee did not. We deserved more than we got. We lost two points on a dodgy decision."

The United manager preferred to focus on Cantona, even though he was weary of the attention being lavished on his influential centre-forward. "Eric did well," he stressed. "He's tired, of course, but he can be pleased with his performance. And the hype's over - thank goodness."

David Lacey wrote in his report in The Guardian: "Second comings could be worse." Except this was only ever going to be the beginning. Cantona would go on to inspire a second Double, his next strike against the Merseysiders, in the dying seconds of the FA Cup final at Wembley, proving to be one of his sweetest and arguably knocking Liverpool's side irrevocably off the path of future greatness.

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