“I’m getting nearer to him and I’m pondering ‘f*** me, he’s fairly massive.’”
Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock beloved winding opponents up however admits he was fearful he’d bitten off greater than he may chew when he took on Manchester United legend Eric Cantona.
The Frenchman was a genius with a soccer however generally struggled to maintain a lid on his temperament – his notorious kung-fu kick at Crystal Palace in 1995 remains to be talked about to today.
That will have been a sobering expertise for many nevertheless it appears Cantona by no means misplaced that fireside. Ruddock practically realized that the laborious method although.
Ruddock revealed how he wanted former Liverpool teammate David James to guard him from a hiding down the Outdated Trafford tunnel throughout a Manchester United vs Liverpool conflict.
How did all of it begin? Effectively, Cantona didn’t take too kindly to Ruddock consistently turning his collars down through the match.
In an interview with Paddy Energy, Ruddock brilliantly recalled: “Eric Cantona used to put on his collars up, and I used to show his collars down simply to place him off.
“He simply wished to combat me then, he didn’t wish to play soccer, he known as me a fats b****** and mentioned I’ll combat you in ‘le tunnel’. To be honest, he was greater than me, and I used to be a bit panicky.
“So, after the sport – I stored doing it, he kicked me up the a***, he tried to elbow me, and saying ‘le tunnel, le tunnel’.
“On the closing whistle, he shot off to the tunnel on the Stretford Finish. After all, I’m strolling after him, and I’m getting nearer to him and I’m pondering, f*** me, he’s fairly massive.
“I began doubting myself pondering, he’s fairly massive. Then David James come and stood subsequent to me, and Cantona’s effing and blinding.
“I’m seeking to David James saying, ‘you going to let him get away with that?’ And David James, who was about 7ft 10ins, chased Eric Cantona up the tunnel.
“I get to the tunnel and I’m going, the place’s that French t***? I used to be going to tear his head off! Fortunate sufficient, he retired after that season, so I by no means performed in opposition to him once more, thank f***.
“It’s in certainly one of Fergie’s books, that probably the most Cantona used to get wound up was when he performed in opposition to me.”