News of Ferguson's serious illness shocks football world

News of Ferguson's serious illness shocks football world

'Very sad because I have had the possibility to know him, him and his wife, and to understand that this is a special person.

Since leaving the dugout, Ferguson has traveled the world passing on his vast soccer knowledge to a new generation of coaches and fans through books and talks, including at Harvard University, on how he won 49 honors in his career including 38 titles at United.

I wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to plenty more football conversations with the great man soon. "As a personal friend, I hope he has a full recovery".

"Hopefully they've found the bleed in the brain early enough and it doesn't affect the boss in any way".

In addition, he helped to made houses names of just two of those match's most significant celebrities: David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He said: "Everybody respects him highly for what he did in the game".

"All the Manchester City fans today in the stadium, you can not find one person who can not want the best for an wonderful person".

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The ex-Manchester United boss was rushed to hospital on Saturday.

Ex-England star Paul Gascoigne also said he was "praying" for Ferguson's recovery, adding "you've won everything in life any player or manager dreams of". "He's a national institution really, so therefore I'm not surprised really at the massive outpouring of support".

Departing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also expressed his best wishes to Sir Alex at the start of his farewell speech at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon after watching his side beat Burnley 5-0. A @ManUtd man through and through.

After the victory, he was honoured with a knighthood, meaning in Britain he was universally known as "Sir Alex".

According to Luke Griggs, of the brain injury charity Headway, brain haemorrhages can sometimes happen spontaneously as a result of a ruptured aneurysm, otherwise known as a haemorrhagic stroke. He is the ultimate fighter and I wish him all the best in his recovery.

There were best wishes too from outside the sport with boxer Tony Bellew adding his thoughts following his heavyweight rematch victory over David Haye on Saturday night.

Scotland manager Alex McLeish, who played under Ferguson at Aberdeen, said in quotes reported on the Scottish Football Association Twitter feed: "The news about Sir Alex came as a real shock to us all over the weekend". Hearing he's in hospital so hope he's ok. Such was his influence on referees that it was always in the back of my mind that I should try to usher him away in the tunnel should he approach the officials at half-time.

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