Game unites to welcome Fergie return
Former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has spoken publicly for the first time since undergoing emergency brain surgery in May.
Ferguson, who has been recovering at home for the past two months, thanked medical staff in a video message released by the club.
The 76-year-old has also revealed that he intends to be back at Old Trafford to watch United in the coming season.
Ferguson said: "Hello. Just a quick message first of all to thank the medical staff at Macclesfield, Salford Royal and Alexandra hospitals. Believe me, without those people, who gave me such great care, I would not be sitting here today. So, thank you from me and my family. Thank you very much.
"It has made me feel so humble, as have all the messages I have had from all over the world,resonate very, very strongly with me. Lastly, I will be back later in the season to watch the team. In the meantime, all the best to Jose and the players. Thank you very much."
Ferguson spent four days in intensive care after he suffered a brain haemorrhage on May 5 and the video led to an outpouring of good wishes from the football world.
The official Twitter account of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola - PepTeam - tweeted: "Great to see! Love you Sir Alex!" Two of Ferguson's most celebrated former United players, Eric Cantona and Wayne Rooney, were also among the well wishers. Cantona said: "Great news from the greatest!". Rooney shared the video on Twitter and wrote: "Brilliant to see!"
Ferguson, who retired in 2013, won 38 trophies during a 26-year spell in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues. Prior to that he won 11 trophies with Aberdeen.