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5 inspired signings that decided the league title

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18.14K   //    03 Nov 2016, 16:19 IST

Winning a league title is one of the hardest things to do in football. Winning the league title in Europe is one of the most grueling tasks for both manager and players involved. It takes a high level of consistency and mental strength, but most importantly every team needs an ‘X’ factor.

That ‘X’ factor is sometimes in the form of a signing who brings with him the ability to turn losing situations into 3 points by the end of the 90 minutes. The signing when you look back after looking back on a season was the missing piece of the puzzle.

These clubs would have never won the league without these leading lights in their teams. So here are 5 transfers that decided the title:

5) Eric Cantona – Manchester United

The streets of Manchester  still hail Cantona’s name

Manchester United would never have dominated the Premier League the way they did if Eric Cantona had not signed for the Red Devils. The charismatic Frenchman single-handedly changed the club’s fortunes and gave United their very first Premier League title.

He was signed from Leeds United after Sir Alex Ferguson failed to secure his primary signings. The nature of the transfer was also unusually swift. Leeds felt that Cantona’s erratic personality would cause a rift in the dressing room.

But the move backfired as Cantona lifted the performance of the complete team with his ability and skill. United were 10th in the Premier League before his introduction into the first team. 

Cantona started to score regularly and also created several chances for his teammates. Cantona ended up with 9 goals in his 22 appearances that season as United ended up winning the title by a comfortable 10 points.

It was quite a turnaround for United after the precarious situation they found themselves in at the beginning of the season. Cantona went on to win another three Premier League titles and retired at the early age of 30.

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