ERIC Cantona’s flying kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan is the best memory of his career, the Manchester United legend has said.
The Frenchman – whose trophy cabinet boasts Premier League and French league triumphs alongside FA Cups, Charity Shields and Coupe De France wins – was banned in 1995 after launching himself into the crowd with a kick at Palace fan Matthew Simmons after being sent off.
The incident was seen as a black spot on a magnificent career but Cantona – who recently became director of football for the New York Cosmos – insists it was his highest point.
He said: “I think maybe it’s like a dream for some, you know sometimes to kick these kind of people.
“So I did it for them. So they are happy. It’s a kind of freedom for them.
“So I speak about that because maybe they felt it. Because they felt something special physically. Maybe it was a different feeling.
“It’s a great feeling, but different.”