Sir Alex Ferguson hospitalised: Footballing community offers solidarity to former Manchester United boss
Football community from around the world sent their wishes for the former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who led them to 38 trophies in his 26-year career.
Legendary former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage, his old club announced on Saturday.
"Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage," said a United statement.
"The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter."
Ferguson's son, Darren, the manager of English third tier club Doncaster, missed his side's League One match against Wigan on Saturday.
"Darren Ferguson will not be at Saturday’s game due to family reasons," said a Doncaster statement before kick-off.
"Darren asks for privacy, and will provide an update through the club during the week.”
The 76-year-old Alex Ferguson retired as the most successful manager in British football when he called time on his Manchester United career five years ago.
He was back at Old Trafford last week to present a commemorative vase to old rival Arsene Wenger, who steps down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.
His more than 26 years in charge at Old Trafford saw Ferguson guide United to 13 Premier League titles, with the Scottish manager also leading the Red Devils to two European Champions League triumphs.
In 2003, Ferguson, who made his name as a manager with Scottish club Aberdeen, was treated in hospital for a heart irregularity.
Football community from around the world sent their wishes for the former Manchester United boss, who led them to 38 trophies in his 26-year career.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick said "Be strong Boss" to his former manager
Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Be strong Boss xx
— Michael Carrick (@carras16) May 5, 2018
United goalkeeper David de Gea was among the current lot to offer prayers
🙏🏼 🙏🏼 Sir Alex
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) May 5, 2018
Big Premier League clubs, such as Chelsea, Arsenal, among others also came forward to wish Sir Alex Ferguson a swift recovery
This evening, everybody at Chelsea FC sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson for a full and swift recovery following emergency surgery.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 5, 2018
Arsenal FC posted a picture of Sir Alex with departing manager Arsene Wenger
We’re all thinking of you, Sir Alex. pic.twitter.com/2K14ZPKFMk
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 5, 2018
Former Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler too took to Twitter to wish him a speedy recovery
Wishing Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery following his emergency surgery today.
— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) May 5, 2018
Former England player and football pundit Gary Lineker also extended his wishes for Sir Alex
Very sorry to hear the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is seriously ill in hospital. Wish him all the very best.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 5, 2018
Manchester City captain expressed solidarity to Sir Alex's family
Hang in there Sir Alex. Thoughts are with the family and close ones.
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) May 5, 2018
Former Manchester United great, Edwin van Der Sar, shared his sentiments after hearing the "devastating" news
Devasted about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all to well about the situation ourselves. Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover. Edwin & Annemarie pic.twitter.com/aaxqRI9Bg7
— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) May 5, 2018
Paris Saint Germain manager Unai Emery also took to Twitter to express his feelings
All my thoughts are with Sir Alex Ferguson. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. Stay strong!
— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) May 5, 2018
Former United star Ronaldo wishes Sir Alex a speedy recovery
My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss! pic.twitter.com/kmih28Xpsq
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) May 5, 2018
Scott McTominay too expressed his feelings on Twitter
Thoughts & prayers are with you and your family boss 😪 Get well soon ❤️😪❤️ pic.twitter.com/6V7dMulyFb
— Scott Mctominay (@mctominay10) May 5, 2018
Former United striker Van Nistelrooy hopes that Sir Alex fights and recovers soon
— Ruud van Nistelrooy (@RvN1776) May 5, 2018
With inputs from AFP
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