'Be strong boss': Prayers and wishes for Sir Alex Ferguson

'Be strong boss': Prayers and wishes for Sir Alex Ferguson

'Be strong boss': Prayers and wishes for Sir Alex Ferguson

Many of Sir Alex's former players and other stars have posted get-well messages for the 76-year-old, who spent nearly 27 years in charge before retiring in 2013 as the most successful manager in British football history.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Alex Ferguson is in his prayers after the Manchester United legend underwent emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery".

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore: "It's obviously a big shock but the most important thing is to wish him well, and his family well, to respect their privacy, and hope that very, very soon he's back to his best". We wish him a speedy, healthy recovery, I hope it's really quick as well.

Manchester United have thanked the thousands of people from around the world who have sent messages of support to the club's former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Keep fighting Boss. Sending prayers and love to Cathy (Ferguson's wife) and the whole family", Beckham wrote on his Instagram account with an old picture of him signing his United youth contract alongside Ferguson.

He was knighted in 1999, the year United achieved a treble by winning those three trophies in one season.

The operation went "very well", his former club Manchester United said.

Sir Alex retired in 2013 as one of the most successful football managers of all time when he made the bombshell announcement he was leaving after 26 years at the helm of the Old Trafford club.

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

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He was at United's home ground a week ago to present a commemorative vase to old rival Arsene Wenger, who is stepping down as Arsenal manager.

It comes after son Darren Ferguson skipped his Doncaster side's League One match against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

To another, Sir Alex is "like an extended part of the family, like another grandfather even".

"Sir Alex I'm praying you get through this, you've won everything in life any player or manager dreams of, I as a friend am stunned.", England great Paul Gascoigne said.

"Every brain injury is unique, as is every individual's recovery", he added.

Ferguson has been married to wife Cathy since 1966.

Most impressively, perhaps, is the two Champions League titles.

The club's Spanish goalkeeper, David De Gea, tweeted two prayer emojis for his former manager.

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