Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sends 'big hug' to friend Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson with the Premier League trophy

Sir Alex Ferguson with the Premier League trophy

SIR Alex Ferguson is battling for life after being rushed to hospital.

Ferguson underwent emergency surgery on Saturday, with his old club confirming the procedure was a success but that the 76-year-old would need a period in intensive care. We wish him a speedy, healthy recovery, I hope it's really quick as well.

Sir Alex's son Darren, manager of League One side Doncaster, did not attend his side's final home game of the season against Wigan due to his father's illness.

"The greatest manager I've ever seen. He is in my thoughts and prayers and hope for a speedy recovery". I had a few words with him.

Alongside a picture of him signing a contract as a youngster, former United midfielder David Beckham wrote on Instagram: "Keep fighting Boss".

"All the Manchester City fans in the stadium, you can not find one person who does not wish the best for an wonderful person", said City manager Pep Guardiola on the day City lifted the Premier League trophy.

"My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend".

Guardiola then invited a former assistant of Ferguson's, Brian Kidd, who is now part of City's coaching staff, to lead the tributes from their Manchester rivals. "Thoughts are with the family and close ones".

"Every brain injury is unique, as is every individual's recovery", he added.

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In 2003, Sir Alex was admitted to hospital for a heart irregularity and underwent cardioversion electric shock treatment at the Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, near Manchester.

Twitter user @TheRainbowStand said: "Nobody greater at comebacks/recovering".

In a tweet on Sunday night, Manchester United thanked the "wider football world" for their messages of support. "Be strong. Win this one".

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick said he was "absolutely devastated", adding: "Be strong Boss".

Chris Smalling: Gutted to hear the news about Sir Alex. Thoughts are with him and his family.

Manchester City fans send best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson.

The most successful manager in the history of the British game, Ferguson's trophy haul at Old Trafford included 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups.

He was at Old Trafford last Sunday when he presented Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger with a commemorative trophy.

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