The world of football is waiting for an update on the condition of the legendary manager, who underwent emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhageon Saturday.
The procedure is said to have gone “very well”, with Sir Alex “needing a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery”.
In a statement on Sunday evening, Manchester United said: “[We] would like to thank its friends in the wider football world for the countless messages of support that have been conveyed following the news that Sir Alex Ferguson underwent emergency surgery on Saturday evening.
“As well as being uppermost in the thoughts of our own players, past and present, Sir Alex has been the subject of many warm and touching comments from other clubs, governing bodies and individuals in the beautiful game.”
Manchester United would like to thank the wider football world for the messages of support following the news that Sir Alex Ferguson underwent emergency surgery on Saturday evening.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 6, 2018
It shared a number of messages sent from footballing bodies, including FIFA and UEFA, as well as clubs from across the globe.
Many of Sir Alex’s former players and other stars have posted get-well messages for the 76-year-old, who spent almost 27 years in charge before retiring in 2013 as the most successful manager in British football history.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sent his best wishes before lifting the Premier League trophy on Sunday.
“A big hug and our thoughts are with his wife, Cathy, and the Manchester United family,” Guardiola said. “I was glad to have dinner with him two weeks ago, and hopefully he can recover as quickly as possible.”
Earlier, Manchester United club captain Michael Carrick said he was “absolutely devastated” to hear of Sir Alex’s illness.
He tweeted: “All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Be strong boss xx.”
Ex-captain Wayne Rooney also commented, saying: “Get well soon boss. Thoughts with all the family.”
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Former Manchester United player Edwin van der Sar, whose wife Annemarie suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2009 and made a full recovery, posted a poignant message online.
He said: “Devastated about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all too well about the situation ourselves. Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover.”