Letter: Furore over a few words

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From Mr H. Irving Saul

Sir: I am extremely puzzled by the furore over Eric Cantona's quotation which I regard as self-deprecating for him and very easy to understand.

What he means is that his many supporters (the seagulls following the trawler) are not really interested in him at all. What concerns them is what he can do for Manchester United, the club that they support.

The quotation could be re-written as follows: "When supporters follow Cantona it is because they believe he will bring success to Manchester United."

Yours faithfully,


Aston Tirrold,


1 April