Manchester United “grateful” for worldwide support for Sir Alex Ferguson

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have released a statement thanking those all around the world for their messages of support for Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Scotsman was admitted to hospital on Saturday night with a brain haemorrhage and underwent surgery which went “very well”, but will need a period in intensive care to recover.

Former and current players, managers, rival clubs, supporters and those without the remotest interest in football have rushed to send messages of goodwill to the former Man United boss.

The club has released a statement expressing its gratitude to the football – and indeed wider – world for the remarkable support and love shown towards the greatest manager of all time.

“Manchester United would like to thank its friends in the wider football world for the countless messages of support that have been conveyed following the news that Sir Alex Ferguson underwent emergency surgery on Saturday evening,” the statement read.

“As well as being uppermost in the thoughts of our own players, past and present, Sir Alex has been the subject of many warm and touching comments from other clubs, governing bodies and individuals in the beautiful game.”

Alan Irwin from Sky Sports confirmed earlier this morning that there were no fresh updates concerning Ferguson’s condition, noting that the boss remained in intensive care.

“Sir Alex remains in intensive care, here at Salford Royal Hospital,” he said.

“There is no further update on his condition currently but we now know that the procedure following the brain haemorrhage went very well.”

The sheer scope of messages for Ferguson are impossible to fully comprehend, such has been the endless stream of support on all forms of social media since the news broke on Saturday evening.

He is, quite simply, one of the greatest characters and achievers to ever grace the game, and indeed sport in general. Nobody knew how to win like him, and nobody doubts that he’ll win again here.

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