Ferguson admires Lille star Hazard

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted his liking for Lille star Eden Hazard, adding to speculation that Manchester United could make a bid this summer.

The Belgian forward looks set to leave the French club this summer, and most of Europe’s elite are hot on the trail of the 21-year-old.

Ferguson has now confirmed that he was impressed with Hazard when he personally saw him in action against Lyon last month.

"When I went to watch Lyon versus Lille, last time, of course I saw Hazard playing but also other players which is part of my job," he told French radio station RMC.

"I can confirm Hazard is a very good player, he has so many qualities, he is very fast over the first ten metres."

Hazard confirmed to Sky Sports that he was flattered to learn that he was being watched by Ferguson.

"I am flattered by the compliment coming from the top manager in world football," he said.

"I did not know he was at the game to be honest but no one knew he came to watch me because I was not aware.

"Manchester United are a very top team and anyone would listen to them."

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is also interested in the Belgian and attended Lille’s 4-0 win against Valenciennes last month.