LONDON: Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone an emergency surgery and is battling for his life after suffering a brain haemorrhage yesterday.
The former Manchester United manager reportedly fell at home in the morning and was taken to Macclesfield district hospital from where he was transferred to the Salford Royal, where the surgery took place.
A Man United statement said the procedure “had gone very well” but Ferguson “needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery”.
Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter.
Everyone at Manchester United sends our very best wishes. pic.twitter.com/SDoNzMwVEZ
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 5, 2018
The Scot, one of the most successful manager in the history of soccer retired as United manager in May 2013 after winning 38 trophies during a record 26 years in charge.
During the Premier League match on last Sunday he presented departing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger with a commemorative trophy at Old Trafford.
Ferguson’s family have requested privacy as he recovers in Salford Royal Hospital.
Ferguson began his playing career with Scottish club Queen’s Park as a 16-year-old striker whilst working as an apprentice tool-worker at Clyde Shipyards.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss! pic.twitter.com/kmih28Xpsq
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) May 5, 2018
His most notable spell as a player came in a two-year stint at Rangers from 1967.
The Scot’s managerial career started when he was 32 at East Stirlingshire before going to St Mirren, where he won his first trophy by taking the Scottish first division title in 1977.
Ferguson moved on to Aberdeen and turned them into a major force in a Scottish top division in which Rangers and Celtic had dominated.
He led them to three Scottish titles, four Scottish FA Cups, one League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983 by beating Real Madrid 2-1 in the final.
|Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd trophies|
|Premier League: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013||FA Charity/Community Shield: 1990 (shared), 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011|
|FA Cup: 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004||Uefa Super Cup: 1992|
|League Cup: 1992, 2006, 2009, 2010||Inter-Continental Cup: 1999|
|Champions League: 1999, 2008||Fifa Club World Cup: 2008|
|Cup Winners Cup: 1991|