more pressure, the better Cantona performed. Some may justifiably point to the Frenchman’s inconsistent form in the Champions League (five goals in 16 appearances), but the fact that United never truly came to terms with the unforgiving nature of Europe’s elite competition during his time at Old Trafford provides some mitigation.
It was one such defeat, to Borussia Dortmund in April 1997, that contributed to Cantona's decision to call it a day. The departure, when it came the following month, was inevitably dramatic - a press conference held without any warning. There was no fading away, no slinking to the back of the stage, merely a step forward, one last emphatic bow and an exit, stage right. Like any great showman.