David Edgar says he had achieved his life’s “dream” at the age of 19 by scoring against Manchester United on his Premier League home debut at St James’ Park in 2007.
The defender had played the full 90 minutes when Newcastle lost 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day, and was left on the bench four days later in a 3-0 loss against Everton at Goodison Park.
Newcastle played host to Manchester United on New Year’s Day, with the Red Devils fueled by a three-match winning streak against Aston Villa, Wigan Athletic and Reading respectively.
But they were stunned on Tyneside when James Milner fired an unstoppable rocket into the top corner from range during the first half. Scholes scored on either side of half-time to put the visitors in the lead, before Edgar drilled a long-range shot into the bottom corner to equalize.
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Edgar had only been drafted into the side following an injury crisis at the back, and he recalled his moment in the spotlight on the latest edition of the Undr The Cosh podcast.
“I went into the manager’s office and he (Glenn Roeder) said, ‘fine, you’re going to play left-back’. I swear to God, I asked him who played right-back at Manchester United, obviously it’s Ronaldo,” Edgar said. .
“It’s everything you dream about as a kid. He (Ronaldo) was flying at the time. That’s more or less my career there.”
“You look back now, you dream of something your whole life, you work your whole life for something and then you do it at 19. What do you do after that? That’s what takes the best players to the next level. They keep going and coming”.
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