Eric Cantona’s most iconic quotes including reaction to nine-month Man Utd ban

A new book, King Eric: Portrait of the Artist who changed English football, tells Eric Cantona's story with eyewitness statements from key moments in his career.

The legendary Frenchman first arrived in England with Leeds, spending one season at Elland Road, before moving to fierce rivals Manchester United.

Cantona became an instant hit at Old Trafford, winning four English top-flight crowns and two FA Cups during a memorable five-year stint under Sir Alex Ferguson's stewardship.

His most celebrated soundbite came after he was sentenced to 120 hours' community work for his kung-fu attack on an abusive Crystal Palace fan.

Here are some of Eric the Poet's greatest hits…

Apologising after being handed a nine-month ban: “…to the chairman of the commission, Manchester United, Maurice Watkins and Alex Ferguson, my team-mates, the FA and the prostitute who shared my bed last night.”

Making an impact at Manchester United: “If I wanted a lot of personal attention, I would have taken up tennis – or found myself a nice girl to play mixed doubles with.”

Leaving a club: “Leaving a club is like leaving a woman. When you have nothing left to say, you go.”

Regretting Michel Platini stepping down as French national team coach: “It's like a woman you love who goes away. Every one you meet after seems faded. Even the most beautiful.”

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