The infamous gray shirt bearing Eric Cantona’s name and number during a match between Southampton and Man United has gone on sale for £12,000.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side played in the controversial away game strip when they met in the 1996-96 Premier League season at The Dell on 13 April 1996. It was a match in which the side of Dave Merrington shocked the Red Devils with the goals of the day. from Ken Monkou, Neil Shipperley and Matt Le Tissier on the home side. Ryan Giggs scored a late goal but it wasn’t enough for Man United to make a comeback as the gray shirt curse started and then continued leading to the club abandoning this specific jersey after losing four out of five. games played there.
Although the result was brilliant for the Saints that day, the main talking point of the game came from what Man United did during the game itself, in which they changed kits at half-time while Ferguson claimed the gray stripe was a problem for his players. .When they reappeared on the pitch after being 3-0 down at half-time, the gray kit was no longer on display as United came out to play the second half donning the blue and white colored strip which offered only the outer side. consolation goal.
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Sir Alex said in his post-match interview via The Daily Mail: “The players don’t like the gray stripe. The players couldn’t tell themselves apart. They said it was difficult to see their teammates from a distance when they looked up.”
And now a The long-sleeved, XXL size Umbro shirt, with Cantona’s name and number seven on the back, is going under the hammer at Graham Budd Auctions, London. Adam Gascoigne, managing director of Graham Budd Auctions, said: “A sale commemorating 30 years of the Premier League wouldn’t be complete without something from Eric Cantona.
“This extremely rare gray ‘invisible’ shirt from the 1995-96 season is one of the great stories in Premier League history. Man United have only worn the kit five times, losing four and drawing once.
“Half-time loser to Southampton at the Dell, Sir Alex finally had enough and ordered the players to change into their blue and white third-choice shirt. But it was for naught as they still lost the game and were fined for changing shirts!”
The Cantona shirt sale will take place on May 24 and the expected starting auction price will be around £12,000 for a kit that Southampton fans have fond memories of, even though Manchester United don’t. .
Despite Manchester United’s dominance of English football during Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure, the Saints were something of a bogey for the Red Devils in the 1990s, with the win in April 1996 being the first of three in a row at the Dell for Southampton against United, followed by a 6-3 victory in October 1996, before a 1-0 victory for the Saints in January 1998.