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Police hunting burglary suspect who looks uncannily like 90s Man United legend

While you may be used to sitting in your front room watching Eric Cantona light up the pitch with his flair, you may not be used to him actually trying to gain entry to it.

But, on September 23, that was the case for one homeowner in the Dixons Green area of Dudley, West Midlands… almost.

Whilst not the real thing, cops are hunting for a suspected burglar who many have said bears an uncanny resemblance to the French football legend.

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A still image taken from a doorbell security camera shows the lookalike wearing a turtleneck top and a baseball cap.

The man is also seen sporting a bushy beard that makes him the spit of the suave striker in his current, hobo-chic form.

After posting the black-and-white image on the Dudley Police Facebook page, social media users were quick to draw a comparison with the former French football star.

Mick Brown-Hill said: “Is it Eric Cantona?”

A second said: “I thought exactly the same.”

A third user commented: “You beat me to it.”

Jason Allen joked: “Hi my name’s Eric and I’m here to ask if you’d consider becoming a Jehovah’s Witness."

Avril Whelan wrote: "Meet Dudley's answer to The Milk Tray Man!"

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Other social media users compared the suspect to dancer Louie Spence, late football legend George Best and TV’s Noel Edmonds.

West Midlands Police said: “We want to speak to this man over an attempted burglary in Dudley.

“He’s suspected of trying to gain entry to a home in Buffery Road at just before 3am on 23 September.

“Anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat on our website and quote 20/827248/22.”

Eric Cantona is well-known for his eccentricity and flair on and off the football pitch.

He enjoyed a fruitful stint in England, joining Leeds before a high-profile 1992 move to Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United, where they won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles.


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