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Wenger and Guardiola lend support to stricken Ferguson

07 May, 2018, 10:06 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Sir Alex Ferguson with the Premier League trophy

David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo were among those to offer messages of support to British football's most successful manager Alex Ferguson, after the former Manchester United boss underwent emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage.

Ferguson, 76, was rushed to hospital on Saturday for surgery, with United saying in a statement the procedure had gone "very well", but that a period of intensive care is required for his recovery.

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.

"I just want to say: "we care", he said. There was the final day in May 1995 when my dad's West Ham side stopped him winning the title while I was facing champions-elect Blackburn with Liverpool.

Sir Alex had been known for his fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude and there's many who hope that will serve him well in his recovery. Ferguson had written a message in the Arsenal match-day programme in which he paid tribute to Wenger's career and described their rivalry as having "made the Premier League".

Ferguson has strong links to Glasgow Caledonian University, which called him a "role model" and "wonderful supporter" of the institution.

Ferguson took Guardiola out to dinner just two weeks ago to congratulate him on winning this season's Premier League title with City, and the Spaniard is hoping his friend makes a swift recovery.




Arsenal player Mesut Ozil posted to Twitter in support of Sir Alex, as did former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

Aberdeen Football club, which Sir Alex managed before Manchester United, and where he helped to break the Celtic and Rangers dominance of Scottish football, also wished him well.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has sent his best wishes to Ferguson. We've all been brought up with him.

Michael Carrick, the captain, tweeted: "Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. But everyone knows he's a fighter - our thoughts are all with him, Cathy and the kids".

Arch United rivals Manchester City joined other clubs, some using the hashtag "football family", to wish Sir Alex well. "Our best wishes to recover very soon".

"My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend".

During that time he took the club to the pinnacle of the English and European game and the decision saw United's shares go down 5% on the New York Stock Exchange amid worries over whether the club could find the right replacement. "Thoughts are with the family and close ones", he wrote. "We know how revered he is in football, beyond football, in United Kingdom culture and the world".

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