Eric Cantona believes the United States will win the World Cup in the next 20 years.

The former Manchester United forward is now director of football at the New York Cosmos and he believes bringing through young American talent in his new role can help the national team's chances of success.

"New York Cosmos is special, the city is special and the club is special," he told a press-conference in Manchester on Wednesday.

"I think in the next 20 years the US can win the World Cup.

"The last World Cup was won with eight or nine players from the academy of Barcelona and we want to be this kind of club.

"We can buy players but we want to work a lot on young players because there is a lot of young talent in America."

Cantona will take charge of the Cosmos for the clash against Manchester United in Paul Scholes' testimonial on Friday night and he says his side are "very proud" to be invited to Old Trafford.

Cosmos chairman Paul Kelmsley also attended Wednesday's press conference and he can't wait to see the famous club back in action after a gap of over 25 years.

"To be playing the first game at Manchester United is just the biggest thrill in the world.

"It's been over 25 years since the club last played a game and it's going to be a very emotional evening especially for Pele and some of the ambassadors who wore this shirt back in the late '70s."