“When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.”
The iconic Frenchman went full-on Cantona-mode when taking to the stage to collect his UEFA President’s Award, and left the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi looking as though they’d just seen a ghost.
The Manchester United legend began by quoting from William Shakespeare’s King Lear, then moved onto how science would make mankind immortal (at least that’s what it sounded like), before ending off in typical nonchalant fashion by declaring he simply loved football.
It was quite the speech from the man whose beard would give Russell Crowe’s a run for its money, and it understandably led to many United fans flooding to Twitter to share their thoughts about their former star.
Most Red Devils supporters simply hoped Cantona would “never change” and appeared to revel in the 53-year-old’s maverick ways.
Some United fans who clearly weren’t on the same wavelength as the Frenchman just revealed their disbelief with a series of amusing gifs and deadpan comments.
Check out some of the stunned reaction of United fans below:
Mans talking from another planet
— K. Duncan (@Duncan_Kaycee) 29 August 2019
Never has this gif been more apt. pic.twitter.com/iyAImPsFgE
— DJM (@MacaTweet7) 29 August 2019
The stunned silence as he finished
— Sean (@Football_Sean1) 29 August 2019
I’ve always wanted to say rubbish when I go on stage
— Emzy (@emzyarch) 29 August 2019
— Tony Marshall (@TitallatingTony) 29 August 2019
This is a revelation. We must frame it.
— Arindam (@Arindam9029) 29 August 2019
To be fair they asked what’s going on in his mind right now. Total chaos
— Gelignite (@CCGolightly) 29 August 2019
From the dressing I wasn’t too surprised, never change Eric
— DAVE™️ (@PogbaEra) 29 August 2019