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Sir Alex Ferguson is not afraid to spend big. He showed that again last summer when he brought in Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David De Gea at a combined cost of more than $70 million.
If Hazard looks at the significant progress of those youthful new arrivals this season, he could imagine himself developing quite nicely in a Manchester United shirt.
So when the old Scot showed up in the stands during Lille's match with Lyon over the weekend, it changed the game in the Hazard sweepstakes. Asked about a potential move to United, Hazard said, "Of course, this is a club that excites anyone."
He went on to talk about Ferguson saying, "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."
Marry the player's interest, United's financial resources and the relative absence of game changers in Ferguson's current midfield, and a Hazard to United move looks like the most natural thing in the world.