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Manchester United legend Alex Ferguson in critical condition after brain surgery

Monday - 07/05/2018 06:53
Alex Ferguson, the legendary former manager of Manchester United, is in critical condition after undergoing emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage.
FILE PHOTO. © Reuters / Reuters
FILE PHOTO. © Reuters / Reuters

The 76-year-old Scot was hospitalized Saturday morning after an ambulance was reportedly called to his home. "The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimize his recovery," Manchester United said in a statement. "His family request privacy in this matter."

Darren Ferguson, the son of the former Aberdeen and Manchester United boss, was not in the dugout for his game as Doncaster Rovers manager against Wigan this weekend. Doncaster cited “family reasons” for his absence.

Alex Ferguson was United manager from 1986 to 2013. During that time he won the Champions League twice and the Premier League 13 times. Previous to that, he was manager at Aberdeen, where he won the Scottish league three times and the European Cup Winners Cup, the only European success in the club’s history.

Alex Ferguson alongside Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford last Sunday © Carl Recine / Reuters 

He last attended a game at Old Trafford on April 29 when he watched United snatch a 2-1 win over Arsenal thanks to late winner from Marouane Fellaini. He seemed the picture of health as he presented Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, his one-time rival, with a gift before the game to mark the end of his 22-year spell in charge of the North London club.

Ferguson reportedly took Pep Guardiola out to dinner to congratulate the Manchester City boss after United’s city neighbors sealed the Premier League title last month. The now non-executive director of United is said to have treated Guardiola, the man who twice beat United as manager of Barcelona in Champions League finals in 2009 and 2011.

Ferguson congratulates United star Michael Carrick at his testimonial game last year © Reuters Staff / Reuters 
CaptionFerguson congratulates United star Michael Carrick at his testimonial game last year © Reuters Staff / Reuters 

United’s first-team stars have taken to Twitter to offer their thoughts and prayers for their former boss.

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