Rooney seeks to emulate King Eric’s inspiration

Wayne Rooney

For those Reds able to tolerate the international game – there are, Rant is told, a few – Wayne Rooney’s England début may still be remembered as the sparkling entrance of a 17-year-old wunderkind. Nearly a decade on from that substitute appearance against Australia at Upton Park, Rooney has become a senior member of Roy […]

FA Cup heroes

Bill Meredith

Ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Eastland on Sunday, Rant presents the third in a series of posts about the FA Cup. Manchester United supporters have witnessed dozens of glorious cup moments over more than 125 years in the competition. Some stand out, for the people involved, the moments they created, and the stories told. […]

Magic and marketing for Scholes’ testimonial

So Eric Cantona returns to Old Trafford, not this time as player, nor matinée idol but manager of a team with no talents, a club with no stadium, the New York Cosmos. And with Cantona’s newly reformed Cosmos will come a tranche of ringers, drawn from some of the finest recent football talent to be […]

It’s up to you, New York, says Cantona

Eric Cantona

Publicity stunt it might well be but Eric Cantona’s signature with the once defunct New York Cosmos certainly caught the headlines today. The club unveiled the 44-year-old former Manchester United striker as its new Director of Soccer, with, “overall responsibility for all soccer-related matters, including the proposed first team.” It is of course a telling line […]

Pictures: Cantona returns!

Eric Cantona Sir Alex Ferguson

There isn’t a day that Manchester United fans don’t miss Eric “The King” Cantona. The Frenchman’s charisma and talent graced the red shirt for 185 games in almost five years at the club. Good to see the footballer-turned-actor return to United for Sunday’s match against Liverpool. He also stopped by Carrington for a photo call […]

Everybody was kung-fu fighting

Eric Cantona

How time flies. It’s fifteen years to the day since Eric Cantona flew into the crowd at Selhurst Park and attacked racist Crystal Palace fan Matthew Symonds. The brutal five-second attack still has the power to shock, despite the now iconic images. Cantona: black shirt, emblazoned number 7, two-feet in the air. Symonds: racist bile, […]

Evra and Cantona on French controversy

Patrice Evra

Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra defended Thierry Henry following France’s controversial World Cup playoff victory over Ireland. In typical Evra fashion the former-Monaco player challenged John O’Shea’s Republic side to a replay of the match, which sends France to South Africa and Ireland to the beach. But only on PlayStation! “Titi does not deserve this. Leave him […]