03/03/2012 22:48, Report by Adam Marshall
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United Archives: Eric Cantona

The second issue of the Reds' official magazine - then simply called Manchester United, published in February 1993 - had a major scoop in the shape of its exclusive Eric Cantona interview.

Here in our new weekly feature on ManUtd.com, you can read the flamboyant Frenchman's thoughts on his then recent shock move from title rivals Leeds - little did we know then how Eric would write his name into Old Trafford folklore...

When you left Leeds, there was a lot of controversy. People said you had left because of personal difficulties you encountered with other players...
Is there a single player who has said or written a word against me? No. People who like me have remained close to me. The press writes a load of nonsense about me - my name is always associated with scandal. At the moment, the slightest move I make is rubbished by the media.

Surely not. In footballing terms, you're considered a hero. No one doubts your ability as a player...
Sure. But I haven't just been playing football since yesterday, you know. I've been around. I know the way the press deals with people in the public eye. What they know, they make public; what they don't know, they make up! The thing about football is that people who go to a match can see what goes on on the pitch and, on the whole, they agree about it. It's pretty straightforward. But, when reporters are asked to comment on things off the pitch, things they haven't seen, things they know nothing about, they invent stuff and build up an image which just isn't true.

This is the opportunity to put the record straight, then. Was there ever a bust-up with Howard Wilkinson? Are you bitter about what went on at Leeds?
Not at all. I left Leeds because it was time to move on. That's all.

But you keep changing clubs. People are beginning to wonder why.
I leave when I need to change. It's like being with a

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