Eric Cantona was not the most important signing Sir Alex Ferguson made at Manchester United, according to Jamie Carragher.
Cantona joined United in November 1992, winning four of a possible five Premier League titles before his retirement in 1997.
His arrival is seen not only as one of the most influential in United’s history, but also for English football as a whole.
But Carragher feels the signing of Peter Schmeichel one year prior was more important at Old Trafford.
‘Ask Manchester United supporters to name the most important signing of the Sir Alex Ferguson era and the most likely response is everything changed at Old Trafford when Eric Cantona joined from Leeds United in 1992’he wrote for the Daily Telegraph.
‘I have always believed the seeds of Ferguson’s glorious reign were planted a year earlier when Peter Schmeichel arrived from Denmark. Schmeichel made the biggest difference overall, keeping 22 clean sheets in the season United ended their title drought.
‘Gary Neville once told in me he felt he only ever played with two genuinely world class players in his Manchester United career. One was Cristiano Ronaldo. The other was Schmeichel. That is how fundamental he was to United’s success.’
Graeme Souness turned both Cantona and Schmeichel down, of course. Good lad.
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