DESPITE being no great lover of Manchester United, I admire the skill and creativity that Eric Cantona has brought to an otherwise dull Premier League ('The other side of Cantona', Review, 17 April).

However, I am wary of those who would elevate him to the status of popular folk hero. Fans were shouting 'Ooh aah Paul McGrath' long before le grand Eric arrived on the scene. Supporters' chanting has more to do with rhyme and alliteration than deification.

Emma Naylor


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