Initial success at Leeds United was followed by a Manchester United career in which Cantona achieved permanent legend status. He won the league at Leeds, of course, and then 4 more league titles in Manchester, along with 2 FA Cups – doubles in 1994 and 1996 alike. And, of course, he won the heart of every United fan old enough to remember seeing him play.
But why, when he first came to England, was it to play on trial for Sheffield Wednesday? Why was the player who went on to grace the English game, who went on to win the PFA player of the year in 1994 and the Football Writers player of the year in ’96 considered with some suspicion by managers and supporters alike and dubbed “Mad Eric” and “Eric the Brat” by contemporary tabloids?
Why was his initial acquisition by Leeds perceived to be a high risk move?