And Cantona believes the man who guided City to their runaway 2017-18 title would have been a much better appointment for United than Mourinho, whose style of play he is also critical of.
"It is early in the season. too early to tell".
José Mourinho has been on the back foot after a disappointing start for Manchester United this season. They will win things, I know they will.
United fans will be licking their lips at the thought of those four players arriving at the club and that will only ramp up the pressure on the current manager and squad to improve quickly.
Losses to Brighton and Tottenham has already led to calls for Mourinho to leave Old Trafford, but United managed secure a 2-0 victory over Burnley before the players went away with their countries.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly made it clear that he will only consider offloading Paul Pogba to Juventus if Paulo Dybala is offered in exchange. But the way they play? He is the spiritual child of Johan Cruyff - he played under Cruyff at Barcelona and learned everything from him.
"Listen. I joke about Manchester City but they are playing great football", he added.
"He's the only person who should be at United".
Mourinho will have had his eye on United trio Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford during the match.