In issue three of the official magazine Manchester United, part two of an exclusive interview, new Reds striker Eric Cantona revealed more of his 'passions, politics and personal convictions' in his own inimitable style...
You no doubt want to play for the French national team again. Do the terms have to change before you consider doing that again?
No. If they pick me, I'll play. It's true that I've refused to play for them in the past. But that was when I was just starting out at Leeds. I needed time to settle – for me and my family. It wasn't that easy; 95 per cent of an international player's life is spent playing club football. So loyalty to the club has to come first. I had a job to do at Leeds and I didn't have enough energy to ensure that I could do two things – play for Leeds and for France – properly at that time. To play for your country, you also have to be in a club. You have to do things step by step.
Are there big differences between football in England and in France?
It's not a matter of differences between England and France, but between England and the rest of Europe. The French, the Italians, the Germans, the Spanish – all the others are pretty much the same.
Do you admire English football?
If I didn't like it, I wouldn't be here. I especially like the atmosphere you get at English games. It's unique. The way the game is organised, the fact that every match is such an event – that's very special. Supporters in England are faithful to their clubs; season tickets are handed down from father to son. It's not like that in France. People there support whoever's winning. There's no love. It's like going to the theatre. Here, people love their clubs. And there's another thing. In England, the game is about scoring more goals than your opponent; in France it's about letting in fewer. The English play to win, not to avoid losing. It's a much more positive thing here.
Would you say that football here is an art?
No. Football on the continent is more of an art, but it's more exciting in England.
That's surprising. You've always been identified as a lover of art; how does that square with your love of English football?
It's true, I am interested in art, but only in what gives me a buzz. I like art that's fast, buzzing, spontaneous. English football is more spontaneous than any football in the