Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has slammed the performances of Manchester City and especially their record signing in the summer, England centre-back John Stones. Stones, a ball playing centre-back, has divided opinions since his £50 million move from Everton to Manchester City in the summer.
Many people have criticized Stones’ ability to keep it simple and defend by clearing his lines, while others have defended him claiming that players like him, with their qualities with the ball at their feet should be appreciated and further developed. Pep Guardiola with the system he plays, requires a ball-playing centre-half, capable of playing in a high press system, with the ability to step into the midfield to help in the build-up play. But this system, at various points in the season, has left the young 22-year old badly exposed.
Eric Cantona, the Manchester United legend has made his displeasure with Stones and Manchester City clearly known on his video show with Eurosports.
Criticizing Stones on Eurosports, Cantona said, “We know now why John Stones was so expensive – because he comes with a fully equipped trailer that he pulls behind him when he plays! Manchester City’s defence are not the only ones to blame for their own infamous Brexit.”
He was also not impressed with City’s tiki-taka brand of attack and tore into them. “And the attack! Not a single shot in the entire first 45 minutes. The question now is not who is going to leave this summer, but who is going to stay,” he added.