Eric has his say...

On Scholes: "I knew Paul when he was young. He started here with us. He has been a great player. He could play anywhere, midfield, up front, he could score goals, defend, tackle. He could do anything. He is a great player. I am very proud of him."

On returning to Manchester: "I had a great time here and a great time in the city. It's always special to come back, particularly to Old Trafford."

Scholes Testimonial
Fri 5 Aug: United v NY Cosmos, KO 19:30 BST
Live on MUTV and MUTV Online

03/08/2011 19:49, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Cantona: Reds will go on

The retirement or departure of top players from Old Trafford will never stop United moving forward, according to one of its most influential servants, Eric Cantona.

The Reds' legend is back in town this week with his new team, the New York Cosmos, who will be the opposition in Friday's testimonial match for Paul Scholes.

Cantona, who joined Brazilian legend Pele at a press conference in Manchester on Wednesday, is delighted to able to play his part in paying tribute to Scholes who has followed Gary Neville and Edwin van der Sar into retirement.

Losing such experienced players - Wes Brown and John O'Shea have also departed for pastures new this summer - would be tough for most clubs to deal with, but Cantona insists United will always keep progressing no matter who leaves.

"You can replace any player, especially at a club like Manchester United, with a great manager like Alex Ferguson," the Frenchman told reporters.

"Every time a player leaves, you think the club won't win any more. But they still do.

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