could do the business today. I idolised him and I, like thousands of others, tried to copy him when I was a kid – the haircuts, the teddy boy style and, of course, he was a fabulous player.
One word for Best?
Was he the one who started the no.7 movement?
Not for me. That was Cantona.
What’s your favourite goal you've seen from a no.7?
I’ve seen so many. One of my favourites was a header at the far post by Cantona against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford – he out-jumped everybody, it went in like a rocket and it was just a great goal. I know I keep going on about Cantona but another great one he scored was against Newcastle from a Phil Neville cross, and then there’s obviously Ronaldo’s free-kick against Portsmouth, his shot against Arsenal in the Champions League semi-final... They’re all fabulous goals from our sevens. I love them all!
Did any of the no.7s have any special rituals with their kit?
I’ll start with Ronaldo. Ronaldo was the one who started the ridiculous craze that most of them have got now – cutting the feet off their socks and making the long sock like a sleeve and then taping it up. That was all that he did. Eric’s was the best – again it was the socks. We used to have to supply Eric with a brand new pair of socks every game and he used to put salt in his socks. He never told us why and there were many theories mentioned. Eric’s got a tattoo of a red Indian chief on