‘It will be soon’ – Cantona backs Man Utd to win title under Ole

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‘It will be soon’ – Cantona backs Man Utd to win title under Ole

Eric Cantona has backed former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to put what he learned from Sir Alex Ferguson to good use and lead Man Utd to another Premier League title.

The Frenchman, who won the league four times – including two doubles – during his four a half years at Old Trafford in the 1990s, is convinced that, like Pep Guardiola did under Johan Cruyff at Barcelona, Solskjaer gleaned what he needed from the Scot during his playing days and he can now mount a serious challenge to the Spaniard’s Manchester City side.

Cantona told : “It’s important to win any kind of trophies, and United still have a chance to win the league – but a small chance.


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“But in the near future, I hope next year they can win the league. Now they have found somebody like Ole, who was a player when Alex Ferguson was manager – like Guardiola was a player when Johan Cruyff was the manager of Barcelona.

“He learned a lot with Johan Cruyff and he became a great manager with the same kind of football identity, philosophy of football.

“Ole was a player when Alex Ferguson was there and he learned a lot. He was lucky to play with Alex Ferguson – like I was, but I decided to do something else, and other players too.

“Ole decided to become a manager, so I think it’s great to have today a manager who knows the identity of this club and the philosophy and the DNA.

“He’s got the DNA of this club and he learned a lot with Alex Ferguson, so I can’t wait for United to win the league again – and it will be soon.”

Second-placed Man Utd, who have not won the league since 2013, are currently 10 points behind leaders City with four games remaining and the more realistic trophy opportunity this season will come in the Europa League final against Villarreal on May 26.

However, off the pitch, the club – or at least their ownership – are facing a fresh battle for hearts and minds following the part Man Utd played .

A scathing Cantona said: “We’ve heard for 20 years that some rich clubs wanted to build this league and it’s unbelievable that, in 20 years, none of them could anticipate the reaction of the fans and didn’t inform anybody.

“What is unbelievable is that, in 20 years, all the guys went to school until the age of 30 or 35, so they are very smart, intelligent, and none of them could anticipate the reaction of the fans.

“Now they just have to say ‘sorry’ because now they realise that it was just a stupid idea and they had to respect the fans.

“It’s good sometimes that something like this happens and you build something else and something stronger from that. I’m very optimistic. I hope they will use this moment maybe a lot to give more power to the fans.”

He added: “That’s the way Manchester United built this club. In the bad moments and tragedies and success, always try to unite the people and use any moment of history to build this club even stronger.”

 

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Arsenal make Bertrand approach as Saints contract talks stall

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Arsenal make Bertrand approach as Saints contract talks stall

Arsenal have contacted Ryan Bertrand over a free transfer from Southampton this summer, according to reports.

The left-back is nearing a St Mary’s exit as his contract expires in June.

Southampton began talks over a new deal recently but they have now stalled, giving the Gunners the chance to sign him.


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According to , have approached Bertrand’s representatives over a summer switch to the Emirates.

so he can compete with Kieran Tierney for a place in Mikel Arteta’s starting eleven.

Bertrand is happy at Southampton but wants to increase his £70,000-a-week wages, which the club is unwilling to do.

As a result, he looks set to sign for a new club in the coming months.

Arsenal aren’t the only team to contact the 31-year-old in recent weeks. Italian giants AC Milan and Ligue 1 outfit Monaco have also been in touch, although it’s not clear whether Bertrand would be open to moving abroad.

When asked about the player’s situation recently, Hasenhuttl said: “We are looking at other targets because the offer we have made has not been accepted from his side.

“When there is no solution for the future, we will have to look at other options in this position.”

Arsenal already have full-back Sead Kolasinac on their books. He’s due to return in the summer after a season-long loan spell with Schalke.

However, club chiefs don’t see Kolasinac as a top-quality defender and .

Bertrand is an ideal replacement in the squad, having performed well for Southampton this term.

He’s featured 29 times in the Premier League so far and played a full 90 minutes as the earlier in the campaign.

Bertrand also has international experience with England and would help Arteta’s young team to improve.

The left-back joined Chelsea’s youth setup in 2005 and went on to make a series of loan moves. He played 57 times for the Blues before joining Southampton on loan in July 2014. After impressing coaches at St Mary’s he earned a permanent move the following February.

He’s made 240 appearances for the Saints in total, scoring eight goals.

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