Sir Alex Ferguson 'sitting up and talking' after brain haemorrhage

Sir Alex Ferguson

GETTY Sir Alex Ferguson had emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage

Manchester United defender Ashley Young has spoken about the deep impact of hearing about Sir Alex Ferguson's ill health over the past few years. I played for him until I was 40, so we know each other extremely well. "Hopefully he'll recover well".

Motson, who will deliver his final Match of the Day commentary this weekend, told Press Association Sport: "I've been following the bulletins day by day and like everyone else I wish him all the best".

Britain's most successful manager, Ferguson's last public appearance came on April 29 when the Red Devils hosted arch-rivals Arsenal for a Premier League clash.

United have thanked the many well-wishers, including Premier League managers Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, who have spoke of their admiration for Ferguson. "I got calls last night from Manchester and nobody knew exactly what it is". "He proved that with his own drive and determination and I hope we see him well again soon".

It is understood that Ferguson has been speaking to visitors to his bedside.

"He has got all his family and friends around him, the support from all the players and staff at United and football around the world".

The ex-Manchester United boss suffered a near-fatal stroke on Saturday morning and was rushed to hospital for a life-saving operation before being put under an induced coma by doctors, in the hope his brain will recover from the shock.

Young, who won the Premier League title under Ferguson in 2013, said: 'I was deeply affected, sad and I was lost for words. "He is a strong man and an optimistic man".

"It just shows you the mark of the man and the respect he had", he said.

Mr Jeffrey added: "When you see his working class background, his core ethics and principles, he is someone who I have vast respect for".

Ferguson famously described his mission upon joining United from Aberdeen in 1986 as knocking Liverpool "off their perch".

"He's taken English football to the pinnacle of world football".

'I'm hoping he pulls through for a full recovery and my best wishes go out to all his family'.

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