Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has been sitting up and talking to family and friends after undergoing emergency surgery according to reports.
The 76-year-old’s response to treatment has pleased doctors at the Salford Royal Hospital, although they still claim that the Scot will face a long road to recovery after his brain haemorrhage.
News of Ferguson’s admittance to intensive care and his emergency surgery rocked the football world at the weekend, with scores of figures from around the game lining up to wish him well.
Ferguson won 38 trophies in 26 seasons as United boss before retiring from his role at Old Traford in 2013.
In the five years that have followed he has still been a regular presence at United games.
Mail Online report that Ferguson’s response has "given encouragement and cautious optimism to those close to him", while a source told The Sun : “The prognosis is good and his closest friends in football are being kept abreast of any developments.”
Ferguson’s son Darren – manager of League One side Doncaster Rovers – missed his final game of the season on Saturday to be with his dad.
And the great and good of the footballing world shared their well-wishes for Ferguson who is said to have complained of being unwell since Thursday.
David Beckham, perhaps the most high-profile former player of Ferguson’s United reign, offered his support, posting a picture on Instagram of him signing a contract as a teenager alongside Ferguson.
Accompanying the picture was the message: "Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited"
Cristiano Ronaldo, who rose to prominence under Ferguson, said: "My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!"
United club captain Michael Carrick said he was "absolutely devastated" by the news, while Mike Phelan, who played under Ferguson for United and later served as his assistant, wished his former boss a swift recovery.
Former United forward Wayne Rooney, who now plays for Everton, gave his support to the Ferguson family, tweeting: "Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. £AlexFerguson"
Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, who was part of United’s treble-winning team in 1999, posted: "Please Be strong Win this one", and Ashley Young, whom Ferguson brought to Old Trafford in 2011, spoke of his shock.
"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," he said on Twitter.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany said: "Hang in there Sir Alex. Thoughts are with the family and close ones."
And Gary Lineker wrote: "Very sorry to hear the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is seriously ill in hospital. Wish him all the very best."
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