Sir Alex Ferguson thanks hospital in first appearance since brain surgery

26 July 2018, 15:40

By Tom Eames

Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he would "not be sitting here today" if it weren't for hospital staff after he underwent surgery in May.

The Manchester United legend made his first public appearance since suffering a brain haemorrhage.

The 76-year-old thanked staff and well-wishers "for the support you have given me", in a video posted on Manchester United's Twitter page.

"It has made me feel so humble, as have all the messages I have received from all over the world," he added.

Ferguson had emergency surgery on May 5, and was in intensive care for several days at Salford Royal Hospital.

His last public appearance was a few days before at Old Trafford, when he presented ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a special trophy.

Alex Ferguson
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Ferguson added: "I want 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. Thank you from me and my family.

"The good wishes do resonate very strongly with me. Thank you for the support you have given me.

"I will be back later in the season to watch the team and, in the meantime, all the best to Jose Mourinho and the players."

Sir Alex retired in May 2013, after becoming the most successful manager in the history of the British game.