It's been five months since Eric Cantona was announced as the "director of soccer" for the re-imagined New York Cosmos. In that time, he's done some PR work for the brand, but it's taken this long for an announcement that he will finally be directing some actual football. And he'll be doing it as manager of a yet to be named senior squad that will face Manchester United in Paul Scholes' testimonial match on August 5.
Since Scholes has no idea who he will actually be playing against in his farewell match, he's decided to highlight the managerial showdown between Alex Ferguson and his former player. From the AFP:
"I hope they enjoy the night, especially seeing the boss and Eric battling it out in front of the dug-outs."
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, meanwhile, is relishing the prospect of seeing Cantona in the opposing dug-out.
"Neither of us will want to lose this one, it is sure to be a great night and a well deserved recognition for Paul," he said.
Battling it out in front of the dugouts? Now I'm imagining the two kung fu kicking each other into submissions. Who needs the mystery team of all-stars that the Cosmos will surely field when you can have that?