The French lore, in an exclusive interview on his 50 th birthday, says Pep Guardiola is no other director capable of changing Manchester and explains why he will be clapping on England at Euro 2016 not France

Eric Cantona shifted 50 on Tuesday and is still doing what he has always done excellent: playing the part of Eric Cantona to a tee. For Manchester United love still grasping the end of the soured Louis van Gaal era and the imminent newcomer of Jos Mourinho, he has a simple diagnosis of what has gone wrong.

They miss me, Cantona says, lively but serious at the same season. I think they have lost something. You can feel it. But its difficult to come after someone who has been at the association 25 times. Even if you are a great director, the love still experience the philosophy of Ferguson.

But while Van Gaals departure after two disappointing seasons was finally approved on Monday darknes his heir does not fill one of the sororities most celebrated former actors with confidence, either. I cherish Jos Mourinho, but in terms of the type of football he plays I dont believe this Manchester United, Cantona says. I cherish his personality, I cherish the passion he has for the game, his humor. He is very intelligent, he demands 100% of his actors. And of course he prevails things.

But I dont think its the type of football that the love of Manchester United will cherish, even if they acquire. He can win with Manchester United. But do they expect that type of football, even if they acquire? I dont think so.

Cantona, back on the small screen this summer as the face of ITVs marketing campaign for its boasts coverage, guesses Mourinhos once and future nemesis would have been a much better adjust. Guardiola was the one to take. He is the spiritual son of Johan Cruyff, he says, praising the late Dutch captain for having overseen two revolutions one as a player at Ajax and the other as a tutor at Barcelona. I would have cherished to have experienced Guardiola in Manchester[ United ]. He is no other one to change Manchester. He is in Manchester, but at the incorrect one.

It is 19 times since Cantona delivered one more sicken to a football world electrified by his attendance, by announcing his retirement from the game at merely 30. Which means it is essential two decades since he willed Manchester United to the 1995 -9 6 doubling, his destinations reeling in Kevin Keegans Newcastle entertainers and weaving him ever more tightly into the myth that is now relentlessly sold back to the guild global fanbase.

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