Man Utd fans loved what Eric Cantona said to Kirsty Gallacher during Soccer Aid

Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018

For Manchester United supporters, the chance to watch Usain Bolt in action wasn’t the only reason to purchase a ticket for Sunday’s Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford.

United legend Eric Cantona was also involved.

The retired French forward, who starred for the Red Devils between 1992-1997, managed the Rest of the World XI alongside Harry Redknapp.

However, Cantona further delighted the United supporters inside Old Trafford by entering the fray midway through the second half.

The 52-year-old couldn’t resist the opportunity to don his boots for one last time and was cheered by all four corners of the ground as he made his way onto the pitch.

Cantona, however, was powerless to prevent his team losing on penalties.

The two sides finished the match level at 3-3 and so the game went to penalties. Blake Harrison - aka Neil from The Inbetweeners - was the hero of the night, converting the winning penalty past singer Nicky Byrne.

What Cantona said to Kirsty Gallacher

But it was still a night to remember for Cantona, who enhanced his status as a Man Utd legend with a comment he made to Soccer Aid co-host Kirsty Gallacher before kick-off.

“We’ve seen Jose Mourinho run onto the pitch to actually tackle players before,” Gallacher said to the Frenchman. “If it’s not going all your way, will you take matters into your own hands, and get involved?”

Cantona, much to the amusement of United supporters on Twitter, coldly replied: “I think I can do much better than that. I jumped into the stand to kick a hooligan.”

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Cantona does not regret the kung-fu kick

Taken aback by Cantona’s response, Gallagher then said: “We know that, yes. If it gets out of hand, you could probably get involved here?”

Cantona added: “Yes, of course.”

Cantona was of course referring to the infamous 1995 incident which stunned the world of football when he kung-fu kicked Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons at Selhurst Park.

The former France International was handed a two-week prison sentence - later reduced to 120 hours of community service - for the attack.


Cantona, though, has always insisted he had his reasons for kicking the Palace supporter and maintained last year that he does not regret committing the assault.

“I’ve said before I should have kicked him harder but maybe tomorrow I’ll say something else," he was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “I cannot regret it. It was a great feeling. I learned from it — I think he (Simmons) learned too.

“Nine months was a long time out and I struggled for a time but thanks to Ferguson we won the Double with a new generation."

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