Monday 19 March 2018

Hazard warms to Reds move as Young seeks win in Bilbao

LILLE trickster Eden Hazard has sent a 'come and get me message' to Alex Ferguson and left his current employers in no doubt about his future plans.

Ferguson was an interested bystander when Lille lost 2-1 to Lyon last weekend and when questioned about his presence, Harzard was more than happy to lavish praise on him.

"Of course, this a club that excites anyone," when the subject of a move to Old Trafford was mooted/

"For now my focus is on Lille but yes, it is a pleasure to be watched by one of the best coaches in the world, if not the best."

Spurs are also tracking Hazard but Harry Redknapp concedes that Manchester United's interest will make it very difficult for him to win an auction.

"Our owner is ready to pay for an exceptional talent like Eden Hazard," Redknapp said. "But I know Manchester United are also following him very closely. Manchester City too, so it will be difficult to sign him."

Hazard made his senior debut at 16 and was named 'Little Messi' by coach Claude Puel.

Ferguson's interest would suggest that he is looking beyond Wesley Sneijder as a long term replacement for Paul Scholes.

Meanwhile, Ashley Young is convinced United can create history by overturning a 3-2 first-leg deficit against Athletic Bilbao tomorrow night. United have only lost 10 home games in their long European history.

Prior to last week's loss at Old Trafford, two had come in first-leg knockout ties, against Bayern Munich in 2001 and AC Milan, also in the Champions League, four years later.

On both occasions Alex Ferguson's men were beaten in the second legs as well. It is a run that must come to an end in the San Mames Stadium if United are to retain an interest in the Europa League.

"It is unusual that we find ourselves in this position but there is a great team spirit here and everyone is full of confidence," said the winger.

"Our form in general makes us believe we can score wherever we play. Our attacking play has been fantastic of late and we believe we can score the two goals we need."

However, Young rejects the theory United's players don't care about the competition. "Our focus has not changed from the start of the season," he said. "We want to win every competition we enter and the Europa League is no different.

"Bilbao were an impressive team last week. They were a very attacking team, had a good team shape and at times we found them hard to break down. But I am sure if we are on our game 100pc we can go there and get the win we need."

As Ferguson noted last week, winning is one thing, doing it by two goals is quite another.

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