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One of the most gifted foreign players to grace the Premier League has declared that he will manage the Old Trafford club or he will simply not manage at senior level at all.

Eric Cantona, one of the all-time great Premier League players, has declared that he would love to return to England in a managerial capacity. But although he has expressed his desire to coach, the 42-year-old has stressed that he will either take up a position at his former club Manchester United or he simply not go into management at all.

“I think I have to work with great players,” declared Cantona to Canal+. “Take [Diego] Maradona as the perfect example. At club level he won two games from 25 but, as Argentina coach, he is in his place and results prove it.”

Maradona may have a perfect record with the Albiceleste, but he has only taken charge of two games. One of those was an impressive 2-1 success over France, whose shirt Cantona donned 45 times before, somewhat characteristically, falling out with the establishment.

A free-spirit, the Parisian retired from the game aged just 31, and has typically stated his thoughts on the Old Trafford role in a somewhat cryptic manner.

“I don’t know if I’m the right [man for the job] but, if I become a professional football coach, it will be as an artist,” Cantona, who was known as ‘King Eric’ during his five-year stint at Old Trafford, which lasted from 1992 until 1997, said.

At present, the former Auxerre, Olympique de Marseille, Nimes and Leeds United midfielder is coaching the French beach football side and continues to take a participatory interest in the arts.

Robin Bairner, Goal.com

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