United fans and rivals rally round stricken Ferguson

Cristiano Ronaldo has offered his thoughts to Ferguson and urged him to'be strong

Cristiano Ronaldo has offered his thoughts to Ferguson and urged him to'be strong

The whole of English football was stunned Saturday night by the news that legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had been hospitalized, and had undergone surgery for a brain hemorrhage.

The 76-year-old had looked in good spirits as he greeted Arsene Wenger at Old Trafford last weekend following the Arsenal manager's decision to step down at the end of the season.

"All the Manchester City fans in the stadium, you can not find one person who does not wish the best for an fantastic person", said City manager Pep Guardiola on the day City lifted the Premier League trophy.

"We will keep Sir Alex and his loved ones in our thoughts during this time, and we are united in our wish to see him make a comfortable, speedy recovery."An ambulance was called to the Scot's home in Cheadle, near Manchester, in northwest England at 9:00 am (0800 GMT) on Saturday, reported the Daily Mail".

United take on West Ham in the Premier League on Thursday before hosting Watford on the final day.

After defeat to Chelsea, Klopp said: "I met Sir Alex after the first leg against Roma, he passed my way together with Gerard Houllier. He is absolutely the boss", said Liverpool boss Klopp.

'I've never been coached by him, unfortunately, yet I know well his incomparable legacy on this club, that winning mentality and fighting gen that we must honour in the last three games of the season, especially in the FA Cup final, ' said Mata.

Football fans have set allegiances aside to unite in sending their best wishes to one the game's greats.

"The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery". His family request privacy in this matter.

News of Ferguson's condition also had an impact beyond the world of football.

By 8.00pm Sunday, no new update on Ferguson's condition had been issued by either United or hospital staff, although the club thanked the "wider football world" for their support via a fresh post on their Twitter account.

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