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Former Leeds United player Eric Cantona has taken an opportunity to deliver a Manchester City teamtalk. We're getting used to these straw clutching rag sound offs...

Scholes, Neville, Ferdinand, Taggart, Giggs and especially Evra have gone out of their way in the last couple of years to talk City and each and every time they come across as a weary, arrogant dynasty desperate to see the horror story of the liddle ciddy resurgence disappear. But as we reminded them after every close derby disappointment during that time, we will not go away.

City are right back in the rags faces for the Community Shield and there are more than a few seats shifting in the swamp boardroom at the very fact that it's the hungry Blues who are imminent against a notoriously slow starting Ferguson squad.

For his US based part, Cantona like Beckham has felt compelled this summer to talk publicly about The Citizens. The end result being that he's merely drawn more attention to Manchester City's rise to European prominence and come across as another of the old rag guard trying to pretend that this isn't happening.

Cantona has chosen the tired 'Manchester united are a youth academy example to us all' route:

'I don't know how City work. Maybe they are working on the academy. But today they want to spend millions to buy players to build a team. They have been successful because they won the FA Cup but if they only want to do that, they will not be as strong as Manchester United. United work on the long term, with young talent.'

Hopelessly out of touch drivel of course and that'll be the same youth that Taggart abandoned in panic for a League Cup semi final with City two seasons ago, then...and the same youth focus that saw United fans exit Wembley en masse twice this year in record time such was their appreciation of the Glazer long term plan. There's still nothing more tragic than listening to their ooh-ah's and songs from years gone by. I digress.

Scholes, Giggs and co all arrived at the same time and can be best described as a one off if that's what the New York Globetrotters man is driving it. Since then, sustained star performing academy graduates at the swamp have been few and far between.

There seems little point in detailing again the years that united repeatedly broke the English transfer record unchallenged or highlighting the achievements of the MCFC Academy.

No, better still to note Cantona's pisspoor reading of the very real power shift in Manchester: 'United are the best team' he says.

Another one for the dressing room wall at Wembley, Mancio.


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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Wednesday August 3 2011
Time: 9:30PM

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I don't take much notice of actors talking about football
03/08/2011 21:43:00
Cantona knows nothing at all about City's owners their first day at the club was spent with the academy teams and the chairman watched all the junior teams on his first vist. The academy is very high priority and if he cared to visit he would see the work being done in this area and the vast amounts of money being spent on grass roots in East Manchester unlike the hot dog stalls being erected in Trafford.
03/08/2011 21:46:00
I far prefer his seagulls and trawler monolog, I mean come on, this one doesn't even rhyme?
03/08/2011 21:48:00
How can City ever compete with such sterling manure academy graduates as Rooney, De Gea, Ashley Young, Nani, Berbatov, Carrick, Valencia, Evra, Turdinand, Vidic, Jones, Hernandez, Owen, Anderson, Smalling, Lindegaard and Kusczak? Of course famed rag academy player Eric Cantona would know more than us humble football fans about these things, so I'll just have to accept his word for it.
03/08/2011 21:50:00
The investment in the academy doesn't make for sensational headlines in the gutter press jack so it goes largely unnoticed by the ignorant masses.
03/08/2011 21:50:00
"I don't know how City work." ......says it all doesn't it?
03/08/2011 21:52:00
Having read this 'article' on a few sites im so cheesed of I had to register to vent on yet another rag associate clearly not in check with the bigger picture at City. As we all know we have ploughed a lot into signing up lads like Assulin, Rekik, Suarez who have all been courted by 'big european teams' and have been developing the likes of Ramon, Bunn and Guidetti to name a fraction for at least 3 years. If it's from the mouth of a trafford rovers legend though it must make for intellectual reading eh?? No it just confirms to us all that he's a prat!
03/08/2011 22:15:00
Welcome to Vital Man City BlueMunky.
03/08/2011 22:19:00
Our youth system has been for a long time and remains one of the best in the whole country. In future, with the big plans it is likely to be one of the best in the world. Yet again, a badly thought out comment by an ex-rag. United continue to live off the golden generation who have almost all retired now - since then, exactly what world class players has it produced? Someone help me on this. Darren Fletcher is probably the closest but I would not consider him close to world class.
04/08/2011 01:58:00
I'm with you guys on this and their famed youth academy basically was them robbing everyone else's best young players when they were 15 16 and 17 because of contractual laws and calling them their own here is one example ....... beckham was a spurs youth graduate who united robbed at 16 i hate this miss conception that they developed that team im with you all the way ya rich lucky ********s lol go blue side of manchester lol
04/08/2011 08:06:00
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