Alex Ferguson in Intensive Care After Brain Surgery

Alex Ferguson in Intensive Care After Brain Surgery

Alex Ferguson in Intensive Care After Brain Surgery

David Beckham and Wayne Rooney have also sent well wishes to former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson after he underwent emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage.

Ferguson's son Darren, who is manager of Doncaster Rovers, missed the final game of the season for his side on Saturday to be with his father and the rest of the family. "I wish him all the best".

"Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain hemorrhage", United said in a statement.

Devasted about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all to well about the situation ourselves. "Edwin & Annemarie", said the couple's Twitter post.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, signed by Ferguson as an 18-year-old in 2003, tweeted a picture with his former mentor.

After the news broke, Aberdeen FC tweeted: "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".

"All our thoughts are with Lady Cathy and the rest of Sir Alex's family at this hard time".

Another former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel tweeted simply: "Please".

Vincent Kompany, the captain of new English champions Manchester City, summed up hundreds of messages from rival clubs and from right across the football spectrum when he said: "Hang in there Sir Alex".

Since retiring from United after nearly 27 years in charge in 2013, the 76-year-old Ferguson has continued to attend matches at Old Trafford, participate in coaching initiatives, and has been a regular at horse racing as a prominent owner.

Michael Carrick, a current United midfielder, said he was "absolutely devastated".

Aberdeen Football club, which Sir Alex helped to break the Celtic and Rangers dominance of Scottish football before he went on to manage Manchester United, also wished him well. "Thoughts are with the family and close ones".

Ferguson had planned to retire at the end of the 2001/02 campaign but changed his mind after speaking to his wife Cathy and their family.

He remained a regular visitor to Old Trafford and was there last Sunday to make a presentation to old rival Arsene Wenger on the Arsenal manager's last appearance at the ground before he leaves the London club.

The scale of Ferguson's achievements during his dynastic reign is underscored by United's failure under three managers to win the Premier League in the five years since his retirement.

Ferguson, 76, is the most successful manager in the history of English Premier League, winning it on 13 occasions between 1993 and 2013.

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