Bolton Wanderers winger Chris Eagles has explained why he had to leave Manchester United earlier in his career to join Owen Coyle’s Burnley team.
Now playing under Coyle again – having been bought again by the Bolton boss in the summer – Eagles is back in the Premier League.
“It was so difficult [to leave Manchester United],” said Eagles to the Daily Mail.
“I didn’t want to go. But I love playing football.
“So Sir Alex said, ‘There is this manager I would love you to meet’.
“He introduced me to Owen Coyle and that was that. I knew then I had met the right person.”
“People don’t realise how hard it is, what it’s like to play at Old Trafford,” continued Eagles.
“When you walk out there in front of 70,000 people it takes your breath away.
“It is difficult when other players arrive but it’s not personal. It’s not their fault. Anderson and Nani, for example, are both great lads.
“But it’s hard when you go on tour, play in the games, score goals, come back and play the friendlies. Then the season starts and you are straight back out again. It does hurt. I won’t lie.
“I went and watched United and Arsenal and it just brings back memories.
“Seeing all the lads playing together, it sort of upsets you in a way. But Bolton is my club now. I am thrilled to be here and I don’t regret a thing.”