Bolton manager Owen Coyle has paid tribute to Chris Eagles as the winger prepares to take on former club Manchester United on Saturday.
Eagles spent time at Old Trafford earlier in his career but never quite managed to make the breakthrough and, after being loaned out several times, he joined Coyle at Burnley in 2008.
Coyle is such an admirer of Eagles that he then signed him for a second time this summer, bringing the 25-year-old to the Reebok Stadium.
The Trotters boss is still grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for allowing Eagles to leave United three years ago, while he admires the player for taking the tough decision to step down to the Championship.
"Chris is a terrific player, he makes goals and scores them," said Coyle in the Daily Mirror.
"I called Sir Alex and he was very complimentary about him as a player and a lad. There is no shame in not being first choice at Manchester United.
"Sir Alex was a great help pushing the move through and I sold the idea to Chris when we met. Anybody leaving United is taking a backward step, but he took a rung down the ladder to take two up.
"It was a wrench for him to go, I sat with him for a couple of hours and talked football. We were in the Championship at the time, but he was going to get his opportunity and a platform to show everybody."
Coyle believes Eagles' best days are still to come and is delighted to be working with him once again at Bolton.
"Chris was a huge part of that promotion side. He has improved as a player and he will continue to improve, but he has so much to thank Sir Alex and United for," said Coyle.
"I know what he is like - he still has aspirations to get back to that type of elite club.
"I have got a lot of time for him, I wanted him when I first came here and it's great to get him now. He wants to play and entertain people."
Coyle accepts that it will be difficult to end United's unbeaten start to the season this weekend but he has vowed to take the attack to the Red Devils.
"We are at home, we want to go and win," he said.
"We accept that they have got unbelievable quality and can hurt you at any moment. But we have good players as well. We can cause them problems. I wouldn't have it any other way."