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Cantona to figure in Scholes' testimonial

Manchester United icon Eric Cantona is coming back to Old Trafford.

Cantona's kick victim guilty of assault

A man who was famously kicked by Eric Cantona at a Crystal Palace match 16 years ago was found guilty yesterday of causing actual bodily harm after he punched a man at a children's football game.

Ferguson shares recipe for success: Philosophy, history and mentality

Manager hails club's unique qualities knowing victory over Arsenal tomorrow will all but seal the title

Eric Cantona victim assaulted coach

The man who was kicked by Eric Cantona at a Manchester United match more than 15 years ago was found guilty yesterday of punching a man at a children's football game.

Eric Cantona claims 'kung-fu kick' was best moment of career

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona claims his infamous kung fu-style kick on a Crystal Palace fan was the best memory of his career.

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