Brighton star striker Evan Ferguson revealed that an “unbelievable” Manchester United legend was his hero growing up as a Red Devils supporter.

Ferguson has become a rising star in the Premier League and has already been linked with several clubs, including Liverpool, Manchester City and United.

The 18-year-old has been in stunning form for Brighton at the start of the season and scored a sensational hat-trick against Newcastle ahead of the international break.

Brighton are reportedly set to fend off fierce interest from Premier League clubs by slapping a hefty £120m price tag on United-linked Ferguson.

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Ferguson on ‘unbelievable’ Wayne Rooney

Speaking to MOTDx in March, Ferguson admitted that he supported United growing up as a child and was a big fan of the TV show Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker.

The Republic of Ireland international also revealed his admiration for United’s all-time leading goalscorer and former club captain.

“I think I would’ve said Rooney, Wayne Rooney, because he had the show Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker, so I used to watch him and I used to support United as a kid,” he said.

“So, I used to watch him and all that and he was just unbelievable.”

United fans want club to sign Ferguson

Ferguson has currently been sidelined and will miss the Republic of Ireland’s forthcoming Euro 2024 qualifying matches due to injury.

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi will be hopeful that Ferguson will be fully fit for his side’s fixture against United at Old Trafford after the international break.

Fans are keen for United to lead the race to sign Ferguson, who has often been labelled as the heir to Harry Kane’s throne at Tottenham.

“Evan Ferguson is the real deal, wish United sign him, it’s unlikely [though]. Spurs more likely to snap him up, direct Kane replacement,” one fan said.

Another added: “Evan Ferguson is a United fan so why would he want to join them? United [have] to go and sign him next year.”

Someone else simply commented: “United need to sign Evan Ferguson.”

“United should have went [sic] for Ferguson. Definitely won’t sign him now next summer,” a fourth Twitter (X) user posted.

A fifth wrote: “If Fergie was still at United, he’d sign Evan Ferguson.”

While one fan tweeted: “I wanted United to sign Evan Ferguson in the summer. How many players have bagged a hat-trick at 18 in the Premier League?”

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