One rainy day in November, Ferguson went to see Martin Edwards at the President’s office to discuss recruitment. He tried to contact Alan Shearer (Southampton) and David Hirst (Sheffield Wednesday) but failed. Later, he brought in young striker Dion Dublin of Cambridge United, a brilliant talent but soon suffered from abuse.
When Ferguson arrived at the office, Edwards was on the phone with Bill United President Bill Fotherby. Fotherby wants to ask to buy Dennis Irwin. Ferguson immediately saw the opportunity and wrote on his boss’s pad, “Ask him about Eric Cantona.”
Edwards pretended to ask Fotherby about Cantona and learned that the French striker was arguing with coach Howard Wilkinson. Fotherby made an appointment an hour later.
Only cost a million pounds transfer fee, Man Utd bought Cantona and helped the club change its destiny.
As soon as he hung up, Edwards immediately asked Ferguson, “Why Cantona?”
And Ferguson said immediately: Because it is a necessary contract. Cantona has always been known for his complex personality, the rumor he contradicts Wilkinson despite bringing Leeds to the championship has been shady for a long time. But after talking with then-France coach Gerard Houllier, Ferguson realized that Cantona was far from the rumors. But more importantly, at that time, Man Utd desperately needed a top scorer to solve the goal. Cantona is clearly a great option.
Half an hour later, Fotherby called back and announced he was ready to sell Cantona. Wilkinson was fed up with Cantona, and he had no intention of staying. Cantona even applied for a transfer. “The downstream trout will not be able to cross the falls,” wrote the Cantona letter.
The arrival of Cantona gave hope to Old Trafford. But more remarkable is his influence on the team. After the first training session, Cantona asked Ferguson arranged two more players to stay behind to help him practice the volley. Ferguson was surprised that the exercises were designed to be as logical as possible, but Cantona still wanted it to be more challenging. He designated two players to cross the ball with a young goalkeeper in the wooden frame. The other players saw Cantona practice, then gradually they joined him. The additional exercises later became a routine on the training ground of Man Utd.