Why did Leeds sell Eric Cantona to Manchester United?

Eric Cantona, Leeds
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When Leeds United decided to sell Eric Cantona to Manchester United, they probably didn’t realise it would help their rivals become England’s most dominant club for the next 20 years.

Cantona joined Leeds midway through the 1991/92 campaign, helping them pip Manchester United to the league title that season - even if the club’s existing strike partnership between Lee Chapman and Rod Wallace meant that he only actually started six matches, scoring three goals.

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Chris Flanagan
Senior Staff Writer

Chris joined FourFourTwo in 2015 and has reported from more than 20 countries, in places as varied as Ivory Coast and the Arctic Circle. He's interviewed Pele, Zlatan and Santa Claus (it's a long story), as well as covering the World Cup, AFCON and the Clasico. He previously spent 10 years as a newspaper journalist, and completed the 92 in 2017.