The Lego recreation of Eric Cantona's infamous kung-fu kick at Selhurst Park

Man Utd legend Eric Cantona in Lego form - what more could you want?

It's 25 years to the day since Eric Cantona kung-fu kicked a Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

After lashing out at Palace's Richard Shaw in the midst of a feisty game and receiving his marching orders, Cantona was then subjected to abuse from a fan named Matthew Simmons.

Instead of taking it on the chin, Cantona broke free from the grasp of United's kit man Norman Davies and launched himself foot first into the direction of Simmons.

The incident is one of the most infamous in the history of English football, one of those rare occasions when everyone who witnessed it live or on television remembers exactly where they were.

Just to add to the mayhem, Cantona dropped a philosophical masterpiece in front of the press when talking about his brutal act.

The Frenchman told a stunned media circus: "When seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."

Poetry, pure poetry.

To commemorate one of the most bemusing sequences of Premier League theatre ever witnessed, a Lego recreation of the events has been doing the rounds on social media today.

It really is an absolute masterpiece!


The replay, the interview, it's just perfection.

Cantona was duly punished for his actions, receiving a nine-month ban from football on top of 120 hours community service.

Many believe he should have been banned from the sport for life and the penalties would likely have been far more severe had it occurred in the modern era.

Imagine the VAR replays trying to determine the severity of the incident, only to pull it back for a marginal offside 53 frames earlier...

Cantona clashes with Palace fans

So does Cantona himself regret the incident? Far from it.

When asked about his favourite moment from a career littered with trophies and wonder-goals, the United legend opted to select the kung-fu kick as his number one.

“My best moment? I have a lot of good moments but the one I prefer is when I kicked the hooligan," he said.

A true maverick.

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