Liverpool boss Klopp: I'm praying for Ferguson

Sherman Parsons
May 7, 2018

The 76-year-old, one of the most successful football managers of all time, had surgery on Saturday.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Alex Ferguson is in his prayers after the Manchester United legend underwent emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage. "His family request privacy".

The Scot retired as United manager in May 2013 after winning 38 trophies during 26 years in charge.

'But we hope to see him quickly, to have our best wishes to recover very, very soon.

"So a big hug and our thoughts are with his wife Cathy and the Manchester United family".

His former colleague David Beckham, who had a sometimes tempestuous relationship with Ferguson, said on Instagram: "Keep fighting Boss". Not only did they claim four league cups, but also five FA Cups.

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.

After taking Scotland to the 1986 World Cup following the death of Jock Stein, Ferguson joined United in November 1986 after Ron Atkinson was sacked.

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When the fans were on the pitch, mobbing the players, two fans unveiled a touching banner displaying a message of support to Sir Alex Ferguson, who fell ill on Friday night.

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. Here's to hoping for a full and speedy recovery.

"You think Sir Alex is really indestructible, we've all been brought up with him". Thoughts with all the family at this sad time.

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

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.

Vincent Kompany, the captain of new English champions Manchester City, summed up hundreds of messages from rival clubs and from right across the football spectrum when he said: "Hang in there Sir Alex". The former Netherlands goalkeeper tweeted his support.

Ferguson had planned to retire at the end of the 2001/02 campaign but changed his mind after speaking to his wife Cathy and their family.

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