Alex Ferguson, the most successful manager in Manchester United’s history, underwent emergency surgery on Saturday (May 6) for a brain haemorrhage, the club said.
“The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery,” a statement said. “His family request privacy in this matter.”
Ferguson’s son Darren, the manager of Doncaster Rovers, was reported to have missed his team’s match on Saturday for family reasons.
Ferguson is being treated at Salford Royal Infirmary following his surgery at the same venue.
Soccer clubs, former players and politicians all took to social media to wish former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson a swift recovery following emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage.
David Beckham, whose early career was guided by Ferguson and saw the pair win multiple titles together, wrote on Instagram ‘Keep fighting Boss’.
Another former player, Michael Carrick, also Tweeted he was ‘absolutely devastated’ to hear of Ferguson’s illness and offered his ‘thoughts and prayers’ to his family.
Rival clubs to United, including Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all sent their well wishes to their one-time adversary.
The 76-year-old was United manager from 1986 to 2013, winning the Champions League twice, the Premier League 13 times and five FA Cups.
He was knighted in 1999, the year United achieved a treble by winning those three trophies in one season.
He made his managerial reputation in his native Scotland with Aberdeen, winning three Scottish League titles and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
After taking Scotland to the 1986 World Cup following the death of Jock Stein, Ferguson joined United in November 1986 after Ron Atkinson was sacked.
It took three and a half years to achieve his first success with them, the FA Cup title in 1990.
From there he was unstoppable, quickly achieving his ambition to “knock Liverpool off their perch” as United became the team of the 90s and beyond.