IT will not be the first time an Old Trafford defence has trembled at the thought of an Eden hazard.
And this one is even deadlier than Chelsea’s brilliant Belgian who has lit up the Theatre of Dreams more than most on his visits to Manchester.
This one is the jet-heeled Super League star who has ripped opponents to shreds all season and aims to do the same to the record books tonight.
Castleford Tigers flier Greg Eden has roared in for 38 tries en route to the Grand Final shootout with Leeds Rhinos.
Two more and he will hit the all-time high held by ex-Tiger Denny Solomona — as well as leading Cas to championship glory for the first time in their history.
Eden, 26, said: “At the start of the season I’d have snapped your hand off for 20 tries.
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“But luckily it’s just kept going, we have played some really good rugby and been up there from the start.
“Of course that record is on my mind because I don’t think I have gone a day over the last couple of months without someone asking me, ‘How many do you need now?’.
“But that’s not the main thing — winning the final definitely is.
“We all thought this could be a good season but, when we started so well, everyone realised this was a bit different.
“Everyone has played their part. We’ve played some really good rugby throughout, it’s not just raw strength and speed.
“There’s an incredible will to win, and a determination not to lose.
“The desire is amazing, we are just so desperate for it and everyone is prepared to give that bit extra to get there.”
Eden’s stats are even more impressive considering medics initially feared his season was over when he smashed shoulder ligaments in July.
Surgery was mentioned — and is still a possibility after the final — yet the winger was determined it would not sideline him for long.
He wasted no time telling fans via Facebook: “Nowt a few thick cut tough beef sarnies and a rehabilitation program can’t sort out in three or four weeks.”
Even so, it seemed wildly optimistic. Yet after little more than month he was back in action — and how.
Eden returned mid-August, typically with a try, on the night Castleford sealed top spot in the table with a derby win over Wakefield.
He added: “It started knitting well, it was just a case of handling the pain.
“In the end I only missed three games, had a jab for the first few weeks, but it’s been fine since.”
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