Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has made his first public appearance since undergoing an operation following a brain haemorrhage, and he warmly thanks hospital staff and well-wishers for their hard work and prayers that saved his life.
Ferguson ,76, was rushed to hospital in May, less than a week after appearing at Old Trafford for Arsene Wenger’s final visit in charge of Arsenal.
He has now appeared in a video published by Manchester United thanking the medical professionals who treated him and the well-wishers who provided words of support.
A healthy-looking Ferguson began his message by noting his appreciation of the staff at Macclesfield District General Hospital, Salford Royal and the Alexandra Hospital.
“Believe me, without those people, who gave me such great care, I would not be sitting here today,” he said.
“So, thank you from me and my family. Thank you very much.
“It is has made me feel so humble with all the messages I’ve had from all over the world, wishing me the best. The good wishes do resonate very, very strongly with me, so thank you for that support you’ve given me.
“Lastly, I’ll be back later in the season to watch the team. In the meantime, all the best to Jose [Mourinho] and the players.”
Ferguson won a 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions Leagues in a remarkable 27-year spell in charge, having previously led Aberdeen to three Scottish Premier League triumphs and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
His illness triggered messages of support from across the football world, with past and present United players joining the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, FIFA and UEFA in wishing him a speedy recovery.