Chris Eagles is confident it was the right move to leave Manchester United in the pursuit of regular football, although the Bolton midfielder admits he found leaving Old Trafford an emotional decision.

Eagles came up through the United ranks after joining the clubs in his early teens, and had loan spells at Watford, Sheffield Wednesday and NEC Nijmegen during his stint at the club.

However, it was in 2008 that Eagles finally got a permanent move away from United, with Sir Alex Ferguson unable to offer him the first-team football he craved.

The United boss did, though, do all he could to ensure Eagles moved to a club where he would thrive, which led the 25-year-old to Burnley to join Owen Coyle's Turf Moor revolution.

And, although he was excited about joining up with Coyle, leaving United was hard for Eagles to take.

"It was so difficult," Eagles told 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."

Eagles added: "Sir Alex had looked after me ever since I was young," Eagles said.


"I still look up to him, like everyone does. He was a father figure. When I had problems I went to him. Sir Alex knew I needed someone similar.

"When you see Owen on the sidelines he is always there, encouraging me. Sir Alex does that to all his young players too. He makes sure they go to the right club."

Eagles has since been granted another crack at the Barclays Premier League, having been reunited with Coyle at Bolton, having left Burnley in the summer.

Meanwhile, the versatile midfielder made 17 appearances during his time at Old Trafford and still retains a good friendships with current United players Darren Fletcher, Danny Welbeck, Fabio and Rafael Da Silva.

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