Sir Alex Ferguson receives emotional ovation on return to Old Trafford

Annette Crawford
September 22, 2018

Ferguson was rushed to hospital for emergency brain surgery and ended up spending four days in intensive care.

But, to the delight of the Old Trafford faithful, the Scot was pictured smiling on his first public appearance since the operation at his former haunt ahead of United's clash with Wolves.

The last time Ferguson attended a game at Old Trafford was in April, when he presented outgoing former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a commemorative gift.

"But it's great to get back to the stadium and it's going to be a bit emotional for me really when the game gets started and things like that but it had to happen sometime and I've been looking forward to it. It was a long time but it's great to be back".

Ex-United star Cristiano Ronaldo told his former manager to "be strong", while David Beckham urged his ex-boss to "keep fighting".

The legendary United manager suffered a brain haemorrhage after falling ill at his home earlier this year and was transported to Salford Royal, where he underwent surgery.

Ferguson said: 'Hello, just a quick message first of all to thank the medical staff at Macclesfield, Salford Royal, and Alexandra Hospitals, ' Ferguson said.

"It's bound to be (an emotional day), particularly when I sit in the [directors'] box, that will obviously be something, but I'll be glad to get it over with and get the game started and enjoy it". That will be something, you know. The number of emails, texts and personal cards to the house, it was just awesome.

Taking his seat, the stadium's PA made sure everyone in Old Trafford was aware that Ferguson had arrived.

'I'm overcome by it and overwhelmed by it.

"Some of the doctors are here (as special guests) who did the operation and I thought it was the right thing to do".

The Scotsman won 38 trophies during his 26 years in charge at United, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues.

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