Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen has admitted he is flattered to receive praise from Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson but insists he is happy to remain at Ajax for the time being.

Eriksen shone for Ajax despite his side losing 2-0 against United in the Europa League on Thursday.

The midfielder, who is widely regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in Europe, was singled out by Manchester United boss Ferguson after the game.

"He's a good player - a typical Ajax player who is good on the ball - but we already knew that," Ferguson is quoted on Sky Sports.

"We have many young players at the club, but we are always looking for talent. It's impossible to predict."

Earlier this week, Ferguson revealed Eriksen was a target for Manchester United and said he would be keeping a close eye on the youngster over both legs of their Europa League tie.

"There's a lot of attention on the young kid, you know, the Danish boy," he told the official United website. "We'll see what he's like and obviously everybody is going to be watching him."

And Eriksen acknowledged he was thrilled to receive a compliment from Ferguson but remains adamant his short-term future lies with Ajax.

"It is great to hear and an honour to hear him saying positive things about me, especially as it's not just come from any old manager," Eriksen said.

"It's something I have to get used to. I would say that he is one of the game's greatest managers.

"I want to play for a big club at some point, of course, but right now I am not dreaming of anything so big. My dream is for now only about Ajax."

United made no senior purchases in the January transfer window, but come summer the club will no doubt be looking to bolster the squad as Ferguson creates yet another generation of trophy winners.

The midfield is an area that the manager could well be looking into, despite Paul Scholes coming out of retirement, and even if the 37 year old does stay on for another season, Ferguson will be keeping in mind that he does need a long term replacement for the England international.