25 years ago Eric Cantona scored one of my favourite goals of all time; a chip in impossible swirling conditions against Sheffield United. It seems like an opportune moment to reveal this.
I’m delighted to share the cover of my forthcoming book “Eric Cantona: Portrait of the Artist Who Changed English Football”, which is published on April 2nd with Reach Sport.
The book features numerous brand-new interviews and a foreword from former Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards; studying in detail the cultural impact Cantona made at Old Trafford.
Eric Cantona arrived at Manchester United in 1992, starting an era of unprecedented success. This book takes a meticulous look at his impact on a sporting and cultural level, at Manchester United and beyond. Numerous interviews, research and in-depth analysis tell the story of the man who fans voted as Manchester United’s best ever player.
“Wayne Barton’s love for Manchester United never seems to blind him to the wider consequences of aspects of the club’s history, and this book about Eric Cantona is a perfect example of his gift for context. In my opinion there have been greater players than Cantona at United, let alone in the wider English game, but none has ever exerted such a lasting influence. Barton explains this phenomenon with clarity and the outcome is a work of rich entertainment.” Paddy Barclay, author / biographer / former journalist