Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, is undergoing a critical health crisis. The most successful manager in the history of the British game, is in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage.
Ferguson seemed fit and well when he presented his old colleague and rival, Arsene Wenger with a memento at Old Trafford last Sunday ahead of the Frenchman’s departure from Arsenal.
However, rumours flew about the 76-year-old’s health after his son, Darren who is the manager of Doncaster did not attend his side’s final match of the League One season against Wigan. He was reported to have a “severe family issue”.
Meanwhile, well-wishes immediately poured in after his former club, United where he spent more than 26 years in charge, announced the news in a brief statement on Saturday evening.
The club said the procedure had gone “very well” but that the former manager would need a period of intensive care to aid his recovery.
The Football Association, Premier League, FIFA, UEFA and individual clubs from Britain and around the world tweeted their best wishes along with a host of current and former United players.
Some of his most successful boys like David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and United Captain, Michael Carrick took to social media to show their support.
Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 5, 2018
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
My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss! pic.twitter.com/kmih28Xpsq
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) May 5, 2018
Mike Phelan, who played under Ferguson for United and later served as his assistant manager, as well as Everton manager Sam Allardyce, a long-time friend and adversary, both shared their concerns. According to the “Big Sam”, he knew something serious had happened when Darren Ferguson missed the game at Doncaster.
He added: “I am going to find out how he is as soon as I possibly can… I hope he is in good hands and I hope the operation is a major success because as a personal friend… I hope he has a full recovery.”
Ferguson’s Football Career
Alex Ferguson had a prolific career as a striker in Scotland but he is better known for his managerial prowess. In fact, his real talents only became clear during his management years.
Ferguson retired in May 2013 after winning 38 trophies during 26-and-a-half years as manager.
Years in Scotland
After transforming St Mirren, Ferguson took over the hot seat at Aberdeen and guided them to the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983, beating Real Madrid in the final.
Ferguson at Man U
Ron Atkinson’s sacking led to Ferguson taking over at Old Trafford in November 1986.
Success did not come immediately, and football folklore has it that Ferguson was nearly shown the door himself before an FA Cup triumph in 1990 paved the way for an unprecedented two decades of glory.
The highlight was United’s treble of Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup in 1999, and he went on to achieve more European glory in 2008 as well as 13 league titles.
More Well wishes
Ferguson also received good wishes from United’s rivals Manchester City, who joined his former club, Aberdeen and other clubs to wish him well, some using the hashtag “#footballfamily”.
Everyone at Manchester City wishes Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery after his surgery #footballfamily
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 5, 2018
The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following tonight’s news. pic.twitter.com/Y20wWRzDy0
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) May 5, 2018
Get well soon Sir Alex Ferguson. Hope he makes a full recovery 🙏🏼
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) May 5, 2018
Please send your wishes to the great hero, Fergie using the hashtag, #FootballFamily.