stars. He'd been in trouble in France and had something of a reputation for being l'enfant terrible but what a bolt out of blue this was.
As I digested the information, I was asked if I felt he would turn out to be a good signing. "He'll either be a massive success or a huge failure," I proferred. "There will be no middle ground." Sensing I'd urged on the side of caution, I quickly made for the newsagents at the University and there was the news plastered all over the back pages. It had actually happened - no speculation, no build-up. A done deal.
I spent the entire lecture sitting at the back and reading the three or four papers I'd bought to get myself up to speed with the story. I could not wait to see Cantona pull on the red shirt and hoped he would be the man to fire the club to long-overdue glory in the league and Europe. Even in my wildest dreams, I could not have anticipated just how big a catalyst he would prove to be.
On returning to the bungalow I shared with four other students, one of them - a French girl - admitted she had forgotten to tell me the previous night that she had heard on the radio something about Eric Cantona signing for United. Whilst it was difficult to fathom quite how she could have grossly underestimated the importance of this news and what it meant to me, it at least enabled me to have a memory of his signing that I'll never forget.
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