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Eden Hazard was highly sought after before he came to Chelsea. Hazard was courted by a lot of top clubs in the world before he opted to join Chelsea in 2012.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City were the three top teams gunning for Hazard, and then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign the Belgian forward who had won the best player in Ligue One for two consecutive seasons.

Sir Alex was keen to match City who beat him to the title that year by signing Hazard, and according to ESPN, Ferguson told Hazard that United’s track record in fulfilling the talent of young players was unmatched and he cited Cristiano Ronaldo as an example.

Ferguson promised to make Hazard the best in the world, but he was signed by Chelsea who were the only club willing to match his wages, while Sir Alex eventually signed Robin van Persie in a £22m deal from rivals Arsenal and the Dutchman inspired United to the league title in Ferguson’s final year at the club.

Chelsea and Manchester United will face each other this afternoon at Stamford Bridge, and Hazard who has been in scintillating form this season is the player everyone is talking about ahead of this fixture.

Can Jose Mourinho’s men keep him silent as we’ve seen before?