By Kavan Young

The 70-year-old attended the French side’s 2-1 defeat against Lyon last month, with the Scot admitting that a number of players were the focus of his attention, but he was particularly impressed with the Belgium international.

                                                                                      Sir Alex Ferguson impressed with Hazard

Sir Alex told French radio station RMC: “I came to watch Lille play Lyon and followed Hazard of course, along with other players.

“He is a very good player who has many qualities. He is particularly fast over the first 10 yards.”

The Red Devils boss was also questioned about France manager Laurent Blanc, a former United player who has been linked as a potential successor to him at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex continued: “I get asked this question very often,”

“When he played in Manchester [2001-03], he followed very carefully our training methods. He is a very clever. He has qualities as a coach needs since he made ‘les Bleus’ a winning team again.”

United have been dragged back into a Premier League title battle with Manchester City following their 4-4 draw with Everton on Saturday, and Sir Alex was asked how much on an impact their local rivals’ new wealthy status has had on the level of competition at the top of the table.

“That’s not really accurate. I don’t agree with that,” Sir Alex added.

“It’s true that Manchester City became rich in a pretty incredible way, but it’s not the fact that there is a new owner and new ambitions which necessarily change things.

“The difference is perhaps that we’re trying to build with youth.”