Manchester United legend Eric Cantona may have to eat his words if Jose Mourinho is appointed as the new manager of Manchester United.
Mourinho has been heavily linked with the United job with sources close to the Portuguese manager claiming that it’s already a done deal.
But back in 2013, Eric Cantona told the Daily Mail: 'I'm not a fan of Mourinho's playing style, but he has a fascinating personality. He's very intelligent, has an incredible charisma and a special way of dealing with things.”
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But Cantona may have to deal with Mourinho’s playing style in the near future with the rumour that he’ll be taking over from Louis van Gaal at the end of the season - or maybe even sooner.
The Frenchman spent five seasons at Old Trafford scoring 73 goals in 185 appearances in all competitions, winning four league titles and two FA Cups.
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Like Mourinho though, he wasn’t a stranger to controversy and was banned for eight months after performing a kung-fu kick on a fan during United’s clash against Crystal Palace in 1995.
But Cantona isn’t the only United legend that has previously badmouthed Mourinho.
It was reported earlier this weekend that Sir Bobby Charlton criticised Mourinho back in 2012 when he spoke about his eye-gouging incident with Tito Vilanova.
"A United manager wouldn't do that. Mourinho is a really good coach but that's as far as I would go really. He pontificates too much for my liking. He's a good manager, though,” he told the Guardian in 2012.
Charlton’s comments are probably more significant than Cantona’s because he still holds a position in the Old Trafford boardroom and has been a director since 1984.
Both Cantona’s and Charlton’s comments may seem innocuous but it just represents the divide the Mourinho will bring to the club. Fans seem desperate for the club to appoint the former Chelsea boss but there is no doubt that he will have to win over other people associated with the club.
Despite the speculation surrounding Van Gaal’s future, he still has a chance of achieving a top four finish this season. His side are currently six points behind Manchester City whilst a further point behind north London duo Arsenal and Tottenham.
However, United face Sunderland on Saturday while City and Spurs meet at the Etihad and Arsenal host table toppers Leicester, meaning they will close the gap on the top four with a win.