On the 5th GIF of Cantona, Beauitfully Red gave to me…
…a brilliantly worked Derby day goal
Eric Cantona goal v Manchester City 7/11/1993
2-0 down away versus their local rivals United needed some inspiration. Cantona pulled one back just after half time and then with just over 10 minutes to go, he started a move with some brilliant skill, juggling the ball as he attacked the City box. Neat play gets the ball to Ryan Giggs who plays a stunning pass to the back post where that man Cantona is arriving to tap home the equaliser.
Roy Keane sealed the comeback win with minutes remaining to send United fans delirious.
Whilst his finish was one of the easiest in his career, the flair with which he starts the move, juggling and running directly at the City defence, was amazing to watch and he made sure something came of it by getting deep into the box for a any final ball (*any final ball was truly magical by Giggs)
Eric scored 7 goals in 7 (one as a half time sub) League games versus Manchester City during his time at the Red Devils.
Manchester United v Manchester City 23/4/1994
Later that season Eric Cantona was given a 5 match ban after successive red cards in the league (versus Swindon Town and Arsenal) . He returned in typical Cantona fashion in the return league fixture against Man City at Old Trafford.
Cantona scored both of the Reds goals in a 2-0 win and help keep them on top of the table and favourites to retain their Premier League crown.
More Bonus Cantona v City Goals
12 March 1993: Manchester City 1 -1 Manchester United
Cantona levels for United on 71 minutes with a brilliant goal. Nice play gets Lee Sharpe down the flank who crosses for Eric to expertly headed home.
10 November 1994: Manchester United 5 – 0 Manchester City
Cantona opened the scoring with this superb goal, taking one beautiful touch to set himself and then firing past the keeper.
Anderi Kanchelskis would score a hat-trick and Mark Hughes another in this Derby Day demolition.
1995-1996 – Eric missed the first Derby of the season but scored a penalty in an FA Cup tie and another in the away fixture, but lets leave that to another day 😉