PFAG boss Anthony Baffoe sends support to ill Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson undergoes emergency brain surgery

A United statement said the procedure "had gone very well" but there is no update on the 76-year-old's condition.

Ferguson's family have requested privacy as he recovers in Salford Royal Hospital.

The end of Beckham's United career came after a freakish incident in which Ferguson kicked a boot in the player's direction, cutting him over his eye.

Twitter users, including football icons such as Ronaldo, Rooney and Schmeichel as well as ordinary netizens, have been devastated by the news and wished Ferguson a speedy recovery.

Liverpool FC hailed Sir Alex as a "great rival but also a great friend" and it hoped for his "full recovery".

Sir Alex Ferguson is now in intensive care and fighting for his life after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

The Scot had surgery to fit a pacemaker in 2004 after a heart irregularity was discovered and had a hip operation five years ago shortly after retiring from United.

The defender replied that Ronaldo was in a position to take action, earlier than Neville quipped: Did you not see him at QPR!', a lot to the delight of the dressing room.

Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, tweeted: "So many people will be wishing Alex Ferguson well and sending their thoughts to his family tonight".

Get well soon Sir Alex!

Sir Alex finally announced his retirement in 2013 as United won the 13th title under his stewardship.

He tweeted: "Praying for The Boss that he makes a full recovery from his Brain Haemorrhage".

His most notable spell as a player came in a two-year stint at Rangers from 1967. An wonderful man and friend. "But nobody knows exactly [what's wrong], I got calls last night from Manchester, nobody knew exactly what it is".

"The long-term consequences are quite hard to anticipate", head-way's Luke Griggs said. "Every brain injury is unique, as is every individual's recovery".

Scott McTominay: Thoughts & prayers are with you and your family boss.

David Beckham, who was signed up by Sir Alex as a schoolboy, led the well-wishers, writing on Instagram: "Keep fighting Boss". The children of players and staff who played and worked under him still receive birthday and Christmas presents from Ferguson and his wife Cathy.

Ferguson enjoyed incredible success with the Red Devils, winning 38 trophies in 26-and-a-half years in charge before retiring in May 2013.

During that time he took the club to the pinnacle of the English and European game and the decision saw United's shares go down 5% on the New York Stock Exchange amid worries over whether the club can find the right replacement.

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