Eric Cantona joins New York Cosmos

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The Independent Football

Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona has joined the New York Cosmos as their new director of soccer.

The 44-year-old, who retired as a professional player nearly 14 years ago, was voted United's player of the century after sparking a trophy-winning revival at Old Trafford.

"I am very honoured to join the legendary New York Cosmos," the Frenchman said.

"It's a big project, a wonderful project. The Cosmos are very strong, beautifully made, with a great past. It's kind of a mix between football and art."