From music to film to TV to other sports – United can be seen to be having an influence and with the storied history and huge players that are and have been associated with the club it is not much of a surprise.
When David Haye faces Wladimir Klitschko two weeks from Saturday he will be looking to unify the heavyweight crown as he pits his WBA heavyweight title against the Ukrainian’s WBO, IBO and IBF titles and if he is successful he plans to emulate a United legend.
Haye has cited Eric Cantona as offering the blueprint for his career and will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Eric by going out on top if he is able to wrestle the heavyweight title away from Klitschko as he told The Sun,
“You’ve got to leave fans wanting more. I like the way Eric Cantona went out – on top.
“Cantona went out on his terms, I love people who go out that way and not because doctors are saying you can’t box or managers say you are no longer a good footballer or have failed a physical.
“I’ll get out in my prime just like Cantona did, despite United manager Sir Alex Ferguson wanting him to stay on.
“Cantona had achieved all he wanted by 30, I will by the same age when I beat Klitschko.”
Haye faces a huge task in beating the 6ft 6in Klitschko but it is by no means impossible. He has the ability to do so and if he can topple Wlad lays a claim to being boxing’s very own King.