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.