Eric Cantona was asked the question none of us ever want to be faced with: who would he like to see win the Premier League out of champions Manchester City or Liverpool?
It’s not something any Manchester United fan should ever want to consider, therefore, all our thought process turns to mush, making it difficult to give any real thought.
Although I’d prefer City to pip Liverpool to the title, furthering the Scousers’ wait for a league title to 30-years, seeing the Blues lift any trophy makes me want to pluck my eyes from their sockets.
Tottenham are the only side that could challenge the top two for the title this season, but that’s not going to happen, is it?
If Spurs did win the title in such dramatic fashion under Mauricio Pochettino, the United board would have a tougher decision to make on appointing a new full-time manager, as such an achievement would put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future in some uncertainty even though it looks like he’ll get the job beyond this season.
Speaking to Paddy Power, The King made his feelings clear with a brilliant response.
“Nobody,” Cantona said. “It’s like asking me if I’d prefer to have my teeth made of wood or my legs of sponge.”
The former United striker is also of the view that United are back thanks to the arrival of Solskjaer.
“He has got the soul of the club, and you feel that he has been inspired by [Sir] Alex Ferguson,” he explained.
“It’s like Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola in Barcelona — Ole Gunnar is the spiritual son of Alex Ferguson.
“Not all players can become managers, but some of them can, and for me it’s important that at a club like Manchester United you have somebody who has the soul of the club, who understands the club from inside.”
Watch the full interview below.
How typical of the charismatic Frenchman to give a brilliant one liner to a question like that.
Pep Guardiola’s men are top of the league, although Liverpool have a match in hand this weekend, against United at Old Trafford.
It would be great to cast some misery over Liverpool, who, let’s be totally honest, haven’t been great lately and will feel the nerves before travelling to Old Trafford.
I think a win for the Reds this weekend would all but confirm Solskjaer as Manchester United manager.