It is hard to fathom today, but there was once a time when Manchester United rarely challenged for the league title.
Having struggled initially, it appeared that Alex Ferguson (pre-knighthood), had finally cracked it. They were pipped to the post, though, by Leeds United, who were inspired by the late arrival of a certain Frenchman named Eric Cantona.
He may only have scored three goals in his 15 outings, but his assists for Lee Chapman and overall influence on the team were seen as major contributing factors to Howard Wilkinson's men lifting the Division One trophy. As far as United and Ferguson were concerned, it was back to the drawing board.
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Although they had overcome a poor start to the 1992-93 season to move up to the higher echelons of the newly-named Premier League, a run of two defeats and a draw with no goals scored at the end of October and beginning of November resulted in United dropping down to 10th.
It prompted Ferguson to move for a centre-forward to lessen the burden on Mark Hughes and the likes of David Hirst and Brian Deane were mentioned as reported targets, but it would be the man who masterminded Leeds's success the previous term who would capture the United manager's attention.
The story goes that Leeds made contact with United in an attempt to sign full-back Denis Irwin. Ferguson had no intention of selling the Republic of Ireland international, but when he asked about the availability of Cantona, the reply was that he could be signed for £1.2m.
So, on this day 21 years ago, Cantona made the switch across the Pennines. While his talent was there for all to see, few would have predicted the impact that he would have at Old Trafford.
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He scored nine times as United ended their 26-year wait for a league title, before going on to find the net on a further 25 occasions in all competitions as United ended the 1993-94 season with a Premier League and FA Cup double.
The following year would see him suspended by the Football Association for eight months as punishment for his infamous kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace supporter at Selhurst Park.
The club stood by their frontman, though, and he marked his return in October 1995 by scoring the equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool. Another goal against the same opposition in the 1996 FA Cup final then sealed a second domestic double.
He scored a further 15 goals during the next campaign as United retained the title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they slumped to a defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
It was shortly after he had won his fourth title with the club that Cantona dropped the bombshell that he would be retiring from professional football with immediate effect at the age of 30, having scored 82 goals in five years.