5 most polarising players of all time in the Premier League
#3 Eric Cantona – Manchester United
In 1992 when Sir Alex Ferguson forked out £1 million to sign Leeds United forward, Eric Cantona, the footballing world sniggered at the prospect of United failing once again with a big money transfer move.
Ultimately, the French maverick proved to be the inspiration and catalyst behind the club's success over the next half-decade as he managed to secure four league titles in just five seasons.
The only Premier League title failing occurred in 1994/1995 when Cantona was suspended for six months due to the infamous kung-fu kick of a fan at Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park.
Cantona's arrogance including his symbolic lifted collar saw supporters divided in their opinion. To United fans, he was an icon, and as mentioned, a catalyst for their success as Ferguson even provided him with favourable treatment at times.
Nonetheless, opposition supporters were divided on whether they hated Cantona or loved his French swagger.