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Simon Bird writes in The Mirror...
Cantona: Succeed Fergie? Why not?
Eric Cantona has urged Sir Alex Ferguson to stay on as Manchester United boss "for ever". The Reds legend has insisted such is Fergie’s stamina and enthusiasm for the job, he cannot see the day coming soon when he will step down – even if he deposes Manchester City as champions next summer. The mercurial former star admits one day he would love to take the hot-seat at Old Trafford - a job he reckons no one could turn down. But Cantona said: “Alex Ferguson is young, has so much energy, so much love of the game, so many things to give, more and more and more. And I love to watch them winning things and I want Ferguson to be manager for ever.” Asked if he would accept a chance to boss United, Cantona responded: “I would say, ‘United is special, of course I would do it’. Today I’m with the New York Cosmos. But if one day there is an opportunity, why not? Like diving from here to the sea, watching, speaking to the fish, octopus, crabs, journalists.”
The Sun claims Patrice Evra has 'lit the fuse' ahead of December’s derby clash across town, quoting the French full-back saying: "United have always been superior to City. We have always been Manchester’s first club. The fact that they won the title last season changes nothing."
England may have been undone by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s genius in Sweden on Wednesday, but The Independent’s James Lawton praised Danny Welbeck’s goalscoring performance, writing: "Welbeck had been particularly impressive with his smooth and intuitive running, beginning to become a thing of beguiling memory."