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Positive news as Sir Alex Ferguson 'no longer needs intensive care'

The 76-year-old Scot was left fighting for his life following emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage at the weekend.

Alex Ferguson (file pic).
Alex Ferguson (file pic).
Image: PA Wire/PA Images

MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE issued a positive update on the health of legendary former manager Alex Ferguson.

The 76-year-old Scot was left fighting for his life following emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage at the weekend, prompting a wave of support from the world of football.

He was admitted to Salford Royal Hospital for the procedure on Saturday after a fall at his home near Manchester.

However, subsequent reports indicated Ferguson was sitting up and talking to his family following the surgery.

There was more encouraging news this evening as United issued a statement, which read: “Sir Alex no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient.

“His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support and good wishes but continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery.”

United’s statement was the first update on Ferguson’s condition provided by the club since saying the procedure on the haemorrhage on Saturday had gone “very well”.

Ferguson spent 26 years in charge of United, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues, and is widely considered to be the most successful manager in the history of British football.

Many of the football’s most well-known figures, including current United boss Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, have wished Ferguson well in recent days.

Additional reporting by AFP

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