Saturday 17 March 2018

Manchester United will win League next year, says former Red who knows a thing or two about winning titles

Eric Cantona says Manchester United can win the Premier League next year
Eric Cantona says Manchester United can win the Premier League next year
1996: Ferguson and Eric Cantona celebrating in Manchester after winning the Carling's Manager of the Month and Player of the Month Newsdesk Newsdesk

Former Manchester United great Eric Cantona says Louis van Gaal is the man to guide the Reds to the League title next year.

The Frenchman is still on a high after his former club retained their title as "Kings of Manchester" following Sunday's emphatic 4-2 derby day win at Old Trafford.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's Laureus World Sports Awards, Cantona said: "Sometimes you have a season when you have to lose games and you finish fourth, fifth. But it's a great club. It will be at the top of the table.

"Next year, they can win the league. With a manager from Holland, it seems to be important for Manchester United, because it's the same kind of philosophy for the game: Holland and Manchester United."

Van Gaal has revived United's fortunes of late and they now have a four-point advantage over their noisy neighbours Man City - something that seemed unimaginable a few weeks ago.

"I was proud and very glad. It's good because now they are the kings of the city. The two clubs are two of the best clubs in England, so it's very important to win this game," added Cantona.

"City have won the league twice, so they have been successful, also. But they cannot win every year because the Premier League is so strong it has so many clubs, so many rich clubs also, and so many clubs who work on young players.

"And some of them work on the young players and can buy the best players in the world, like United. I prefer this kind of club, who are rich enough to buy the best players they want, and also works on young players."

He added of City: "Maybe they work hard on young players, I don't know. We will see. But it hasn't come along.

"You can build a team with a lot of money and, the next day, you can win the league. But, with the young players, you need 10 years. You have to wait until the young players are ready to play for the first team.

"So maybe they will, maybe Chelsea will also. But I think it's very important."

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