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Man United news: Eric Cantona takes fresh swipe at Jose Mourinho and says Red Devils must play with more freedom

The Old Trafford legend, 52, blasted the Special One earlier this season for his team having ‘no fun, no creativity’.

And he has backed that up by outlining the key to United’s success under Alex Ferguson.

Cantona, writing on Players’ Tribune, said: “All the time, I get asked the same questions about my career.

“‘What was it like playing for those United teams? Why did you do so well?’

“People want some kind of complex answer. They want some kind of secret, I think. But the answer is very simple.

“Sir Alex Ferguson was the master of one thing: Whenever we took the pitch for a match, after hours and hours of work, we were allowed to be free.

“We felt total freedom to move where we wanted, to play how we wanted. I could tolerate football no other way. What is football if it is not about freedom?”

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Cantona, who won four Premier League titles with United, has joined Juan Mata’s charity where players donate 1% of their wages.

The Manchester United legend has been appointed as a mentor for “Common Goal”, which has recruited the likes of Mats Hummels, Giorgio Chiellini and Kasper Schmeichel.


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Mata’s initiative helps underprivileged children around the globe – and Cantona is among the most high-profile pledgers.

Cantona retired from playing 21 years ago and does not work in professional football but will donate to the charity himself too.

His essay on Players’ Tribune is titled “What is the Meaning of Life?” and he argues that football has been disconnected from the poor.

Cantona wrote: “There are many more people in the world who can’t even afford to buy a football than there are people who can afford to pay 200 Euros to attend a Premier League match, or 400 Euros a year to watch it on TV.

“Football is one of life’s great teachers. It is one of life’s great inspirations.

“The current business model of football ignores so much of the world. Poor neighbourhoods need football as much as football needs poor neighbourhoods.

“We need to support a more sustainable, positive and inclusive football, and I will do anything that I can to help. That is why I am joining the Common Goal movement as their first mentor.”

Last year, Hummels heard about the Common Goal wage pledge on social media and vowed to follow, despite not being pals with Mata.

The Bayern Munich centre-back commands more than £150,000-a-week at the Allianz Arena, meaning at least £1,500 goes to good causes.

Charlie Daniels, Alfie Mawson and Duncan Watmore are players from England who have joined Mata’s charity.

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