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Gary Pallister Reveals Feguson's Dressing Room Reaction To Cantona Kung-Fu Kick

Gary Pallister Reveals Feguson's Dressing Room Reaction To Cantona Kung-Fu Kick

Eric Cantona lunging kick towards a Crystal Palace supporter is perhaps the most infamous moment in Premier League history. The Frenchman was given an eight month ban for his actions, as well as an assault conviction.

It had a major impact on Manchester United's season. They would go on to be pipped to the Premier League title by Blackburn Rovers on the final day of the campaign, something you imagine may not have been the case if they had their talismanic forward available for the second half of the campaign.

With Alex Ferguson famous for giving his players the 'hairdryer treatment', you'd imagine he had a right at Cantona after that game. However, that wasn't really the case.

Appearing on the One Last Match podcast, former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister revealed that Ferguson seemed more upset about the team drawing the game 1-1 than Cantona's actions.

We all thought Eric was going to get the hairdryer after the game after the gaffer nailed a few of the players. Because we drew the game with 10 men, we thought we did OK.

We came in and he had a pop at the few of the players. We thought, this is Eric going to get the hairdryer.

And he turned to Eric – Eric was sat in the corner with his suit on. And he just went: "Eric, you can't go round doing that son."

The gaffer doesn't like that story I don't think, he says it didn't happen. But, sorry gaffer, it did.

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This story has actually been told almost word for word by Lee Sharpe previously, so there definitely seems to be some truth to it.

It is well-known that Ferguson used to give Cantona some special treatment, giving the Frenchman more liberties than he allowed for other members of the squad.

You can't really argue with the results of such a policy, with United winning four league titles in his time at the club.

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