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Tuesday, 25 September, 2001, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK
Veron v Cantona
BBC Sport Online's Nada Grkinic compares the King of Old Trafford, Eric Cantona, with the pretender to his golden crown, Juan Sebastian Veron.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has hailed 28.1m summer signing Juan Sebastian Veron an even better player than former team-mate Eric Cantona.

England international Scholes is convinced Veron is a more complete player than the enigmatic Frenchman and will eventually assume the mantle of King of Old Trafford.

Cantona inspired the once under-achieving United to domestic greatness in the 1990s and helped nurture the blossoming talent of Scholes, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.

But is Scholes right to believe Argentine ace Veron can lead United to European success - the one thing that Cantona failed to deliver to his adoring fans?

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    Skills
    Cantona: In a different class from many of his then fellow professionals. Excellent first touch and instinctive knack of picking out team-mates with the perfect pass.

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    Veron: Immaculate vision and awareness of all those around him. A flick here, a cross field pass there enough to instigate a decisive attack.

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    Eric Cantona
    Cantona: An Old Trafford legend

    Influence
    Cantona: A leader on the pitch, a philosopher off it. Arrogant but inspirational. Only a nod of the head was needed for his team-mates to know what he thought.

    His influence cannot be understated in terms of introducing new training-ground techniques and an unquenchable thirst for perfection. Set standards that Beckham et al still work towards.

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    Veron: Veron is the one player which Argentine national coach Marcelo Bielsa admits he cannot do without.

    Sir Alex will hope that Veron can impose himself on the United team in a similar way. His presence has already given the team a lift.

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    Shooting
    Cantona: Perfect volleys a trademark of his Old Trafford career. Used his weight to great effect with powerful and accurate strikes on goal.

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    Veron: A threat from anywhere as far as 40 yards out. Precision and power many would find difficult to replicate.

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    Juan Sebastian Veron
    Veron: Ready to rule?

    Work-rate
    Cantona: Not noted for his eagerness to chase seemingly lost causes. Economical, opting to leave the hard-tackling to Messrs Keane, Butt and Scholes in midfield but certainly not lazy.

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    Veron: The complete midfielder, equally at home pushing forward and tracking back to do his defensive duties. Not quite the work-rate of Beckham yet.

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    All-round contribution
    Cantona: The catalyst for United's golden decade of success. His legacy will remain for years to come at Old Trafford, the man who rid the club of its embarrasing inability to win the league.

    Few, other than United boss Ferguson, Sir Matt Busby, George Best, Bobby Charlton and Roy Keane, are likely to have the same impact on the Reds.

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    Veron: His world-class status is beyond question. He will give United the extra dimension that they have lacked in Europe over the past few seasons. Sir Alex will be looking to Veron to deliver the success that United crave in Europe.

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    Final score
    Cantona: 44 Veron: 44


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    25 Sep 01 |  Man Utd
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