‘I scored a goal that sealed a Premier League title for Manchester United – then went to college’

If you ask Manchester United supporters how they remember Chris Eagles, the same answer is likely to be repeated. That’s because Eagles is synonymous with a warm afternoon at Goodison Park in April 2007, when the club’s four-year wait for a Premier League title with Sir Alex Ferguson in charge was essentially ended.

United moved five points clear of the top of the table thanks to a 4-2 comeback win against Everton and the result left Chelsea demoralised, but there was a young player, Eagles, up the M6 who was flying high.

Eagles scored the fourth goal on that afternoon, a goal in added time which confirmed the result. The away section exploded, he kissed the badge and he was mobbed in celebration by Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney.

“I started screaming. I didn’t know what to do. You’ve just got to go with the moment,” Eagles told United’s club media in 2019.

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