The news broke earlier today that legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson underwent surgery for a brain haemorrhage.
Manchester United, the club at which Ferguson made his legacy over the course of a quarter of a century, released a statement in the wake of reports that he was rushed to hospital.
“Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter. Everyone at Manchester United sends our very best wishes.”
The 76 year old was present at Old Trafford just last Sunday to welcome his old rival Arsene Wenger to the ground for his last visit as Arsenal manager.
Though he no doubt had some clashes with the likes of the aforementioned Wenger over the years, Ferguson is universally respected across the footballing world, and the outpouring of support since the unfortunate news is apparent.
His former players, with whom the Scotsman won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies, offered their well wishes, along with some current Red Devils.
Thoughts and prayers sir alex ??
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) May 5, 2018
?? ?? Sir Alex
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) May 5, 2018
All my prayers and thoughts as well are with him and his family!! Be strong boss!!!! ???? https://t.co/Tbvw2fEhEt
— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) May 5, 2018
Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. ???????? Be strong Boss xx
— Michael Carrick (@carras16) May 5, 2018
— Mike Phelan (@Mike_Phelan_1) May 5, 2018
Devasted about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all to well about the situation ourselves. Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover. Edwin & Annemarie pic.twitter.com/aaxqRI9Bg7
— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) May 5, 2018
Gutted to hear the news tonight about Sir Alex. Don’t really know what else to say other than thoughts and prayers with you and your family, Boss ????
— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 5, 2018
Please? Be strong?Win this one?
— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) May 5, 2018
Sending my love and best wishes to sir Alex ????
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) May 5, 2018
SIR ALEX ❤️?????? Sending all my love ! ?
— Adnan Januzaj (@adnanjanuzaj) May 5, 2018
Ferguson’s success at the club ensured a healthy supply of rivals. Those most significant rivals, such as derby rivals Manchester City, and enemies Arsenal and Liverpool, joined the chorus of well wishes.
Everyone at Manchester City wishes Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery after his surgery #footballfamily
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 5, 2018
Hang in there Sir Alex. Thoughts are with the family and close ones.
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) May 5, 2018
'When the Hillsborough disaster happened back in 1989, Sir Alex Ferguson was straight on the phone to offer his help in any way he could'
We want to wish the former Manchester United manager a speedy recovery after undergoing emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. pic.twitter.com/WM5PJsZhIJ
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) May 5, 2018
We are saddened to hear Sir Alex Ferguson has been taken ill. All at West Bromwich Albion wish one of the game's great champions a full and speedy recovery. pic.twitter.com/SatrzMCyOb
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 5, 2018
Sam Allardyce on Fergie: “He is a personal friend and I hope he makes a full recovery. I knew it was bad when his son Darren didn't take charge of Doncaster today."
— Steve Bates (@sbates_people) May 5, 2018
We’re all thinking of you, Sir Alex. pic.twitter.com/2K14ZPKFMk
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 5, 2018
Keep strong ?? https://t.co/PRn4TCZ5c7
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) May 5, 2018
'The thoughts of everyone at #LFC are with Sir Alex Ferguson and his family. A great rival but also a great friend who supported this club during its most difficult time, it is hoped that Sir Alex will make a full recovery.' https://t.co/iSpy76yWH7
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) May 5, 2018
Being at the helm of one of the world’s biggest clubs for decades meant that Ferguson’s influence on football was global. Players, organisations and fans from across the world wished the man well, including his former club Aberdeen.
The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with Aberdeen Football Club are with our former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following tonight’s news. pic.twitter.com/Y20wWRzDy0
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) May 5, 2018
Sir Alex ??? wishing him well @ManUtd
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) May 5, 2018
Our thoughts are with Sir Alex, his family and everyone at @ManUtd. We hope he has a full and timely recovery.
— The FA (@FA) May 5, 2018
We join many across the world of football in sending our best wishes to Sir Alex Fergusonhttps://t.co/0NLbwWPNFe
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) May 5, 2018
The thoughts of everyone at the Premier League are with Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following news that he underwent emergency surgery today pic.twitter.com/rvRWDrUM8h
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 5, 2018
For most, if not all of us, Sir Alex Ferguson is like an extended part of the family, another grandfather even.
He’s brought me some of the happiest moments of my football going life.
I’m sure all football supporters everywhere are hoping he pulls through. @ManUtd
— Mack The Knife (@IdMjones) May 5, 2018
Praying for Sir Alex. My all time hero and a constant in football since I’ve been old enough to watch it. If anybody can fight this its him. My fav video of him ever waiting for Ronaldo after winning Euros like a school boy https://t.co/pd2sMwp36R
— Niall Harbison (@NiallHarbison) May 5, 2018