Eric Cantona unleashed his infamous kung fu kick when Sergio Aguero’s last-minute goal handed the Premier League title to Manchester City.
According to the Manchester United hero’s son, having the title cruelly snatched away was too much for Cantona to take. And a coffee table bore the brunt of his frustration.
Cantona’s son Raphael recounted the events to a United fan outside a nightclub in Barcelona, reports the Daily Mirror. He said his dad had kicked out at the nearest piece of furniture as City won the league.
Raphael, aged 23, told 21-year-old Jonathan Cruise: “It smashed to pieces. My dad was angry and upset. He still adores United and we thought they were going to hang on to the title.”
Jonathan explained: “It was about 2am and I had gone outside for a cigarette. A guy kindly asked me for a cigarette so I gave him one and he then asked me where I was from.
“When I said ‘from Manchester’ he smiled. He went on to ask me if I was a blue or a red and when I said ‘red’ he smiled even more. He went on to say ‘my father is the king in Manchester’ and when I asked what he meant he said his dad was Eric Cantona.
“He went on to tell me what had happened on the last day of the season with a big grin on his face.
“He said the coffee table just disintegrated onto the carpet and we had a laugh at what had happened.
“I told him it was a pleasure to meet Cantona’s son and we shook hands. When we got back to England we checked his Facebook account and there is no doubt it was definitely Raphael. He was a sound guy.
“It shows just how passionate his dad still is about United.”