Manchester United Boss Sir Alex Ferguson Hails Chelsea Star Frank Lampard

Lampard has become an unlikely target of Ferguson's praise...
Frank Lampard has long been one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League and has even upped his game this season, prompting temporary Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink to claim that he is the "complete box to box midfielder".

His form may have gone un-noticed by his peers - he was controversially snubbed for the PFA Player of the Year awards - yet Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, speaking after leading his side to a record-equalling 18th league title, has declared Lampard to be an "exceptional" footballer.

Ferguson told The Sunday Times, "He is an exceptional player, a huge asset to his team. Every time he plays he goes from box to box and he hardly misses a game.

"You pay attention to players who can get goals from midfield and he’s been averaging 20 goals every season.

"As I say, Frank Lampard is exceptional."

Despite being omitted from certain end-of-season awards, Lampard could find himself as a front-running candidate for goal-of-the-season due to his chipped strike versus Hull City earlier in the season.

Then-manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said at the time that it was one of the greatest goals he had seen.

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