The legendary boss compared the Spurs midfielder to Paul Gascoigne.
Tottenham star Dele Alli has admitted that it is a big honour to receive the kind of praise he got from Sir Alex Ferguson, but insisted that he will not allow himself to get carried away, Sky Sports reports.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed a sensational first season in the Premier League and has helped take Mauricio Pochettino's men into the title picture. And his form prompted the former Manchester United boss to compare him to a young Paul Gascoigne (via Sky Sports).
And while the England international conceded that he was struggling to accept such high acclaim, he suggested that it is important for him to put that kind of praise to the back of his mind.
"It's a hard one to take in [Ferguson's praise], for one of the greatest managers ever to compliment you like that, it means a lot and it's a huge honour," he told Sky Sports.
"But I don't want to get carried away with things like that, it's important I keep working hard and don't think too much about those things."
While it was obvious how talented Alli was when he was coming through at MK Dons, no one could have really expected just how well he would adapt to life in the top flight.
His seven goals and nine assists makes him one of the most productive players in the division, and has seen him move into Roy Hodgson's thoughts.
And while he has played down any links with Gascoigne, he will be hoping to live up to Ferguson's assessment of his ability as it may help Spurs catch Leicester City in the title race, and inspire England to make their mark at this summer's European Championships.