Cantona leaves Man Utd fans in hysterics with reaction to Hall of Fame induction
Manchester United will soon have two club legends in the Premier League Hall of Fame after organisers announced Eric Cantona and Roy Keane will be the next names inducted.
Newcastle icon Alan Shearer and Arsenal great Thierry Henry were confirmed as the first entrants in April, but United will temporarily become the most heavily represented club in the Hall of Fame.
The latest inductees were decided by fans voting from a 23-man shortlist, which included illustrious figures like Dennis Bergkamp, Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba and Paul Scholes.
It’s a prestigious honour to be named among the first handful of Hall of Famers, but Cantona’s reaction that he was “so happy but not surprised” left many fans in stitches:
Cantona scored 81 goals in 180 appearances for United, winning four Premier League crowns and two FA Cups in only five seasons at Old Trafford.
The former France striker infamously received a nine-month ban for his ‘kung-fu kick’ on Crystal Palace Matthew Simmons shortly after he was sent off at Selhurst Park in 1995.
Cantona’s response to the Hall of Fame news reminded fans of his wicked sense of humour, with one follower commenting: “Priceless as ever.”
Amid the congratulations and crown emojis, many others replied by telling ‘King Eric’ he should have been the first name added to the elite club.
Former United team-mate Nicky Butt also commented on the post: “Congratulations Eric well deserved, you was (sic) a big part of all our development in becoming Premier League players.”
The Frenchman garnered a reputation for his often cryptic messages to the press, but his Hall of Fame reaction made no effort to hide the fact he wasn't shocked by his selection.
Following Cantona and Keane’s admissions, United become the first club with more than one former player in the Premier League Hall of Fame.
Cantona moved to Old Trafford from Leeds United in November 1992, a little more than six months before Keane completed his own move to Manchester from Nottingham Forest.
The pair thrived under Sir Alex Ferguson and helped usher in one of the most dominant periods in United’s history before Cantona retired from football in 1997.
Only two places remain from the inaugural batch of six players set to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame, which will be completed later in May.
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