before they came into fashion. It was ‘schoolboy slim’ and wasn’t done up to the neck but it didn’t affect Eric. It didn’t make him look scruffy even if it wasn’t as smart as everyone else.
The boss accepted it and we accepted it. At first, we wondered what the boss was going to do and release an absolute hairdryer for fun but he just said: ‘Only you could get away with it, Eric.’ He was not meaning ‘I love you Eric’ but it was the way he was, his stature and everything was suited to it.
From that day on in November 1992, when he signed, Manchester United moved forward a quicker notch. Previously, we’d won the FA Cup, the League Cup, the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Super Cup but there wasn’t a league championship. So Eric moved us on from there – he was the icing on the cake and someone who could come in and become a big cog in the machine.
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