Man U pleads 'Win this one' for Ferguson

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson undergoes emergency brain surgery

Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as Manhester United manager in 2013

Many of Sir Alex's former players and other stars have posted get-well messages for the 76-year-old, who spent nearly 27 years in charge before retiring in 2013 as the most successful manager in British football history.

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.

Ferguson underwent emergency brain surgery on Saturday.

"Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage", the statement said. Ferguson's family have requested privacy as he recovers in Salford Royal Hospital. Phenomenal. He's in our prayers and thoughts, we hope him a speedy recovery and send all our love to him.

An ambulance was reportedly called to his Cheshire mansion at 9am (on Saturday) before taking him to Macclesfield district hospital.

"The greatest manager I've ever seen. As a personal friend, I hope he has a full recovery".

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David Beckham, who came through at United under Ferguson, wrote on Instagram: "Keep fighting Boss".

Current World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, who previously played for United and is now signed to Real Madrid, tweeted: "My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!" he said. "Thoughts are with the family and close ones".

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

"No updates, just an endless list of tweets from the 4 corners of the world showing support and love. Be strong. Win this one" interspersed with prayer emojis.

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He said after his side's 1-0 defeat at Chelsea: "I met Sir Alex after the first game against Roma (in the Champions League semi-finals)".

Born into a family of shipyard workers in the Govan area of Glasgow, Sir Alex has been a well-known Labour supporter and has been named in the past as one of the party's biggest donors. Thoughts are with him and his family.

"Firstly, because at Arsenal we care, we would like to wish Alex Ferguson to get well very quickly", he said at the start of his speech.

Ferguson has been coaching Manchester United for 27 years (1986-2013) and won 38 trophies, including 13 championships in England and two Champions League. His son and wife, Cathy, were with him, the Guardian reported.

"He needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery".

Italian Serie A sides AC Milan and Inter Milan, Spanish LaLiga champions Barcelona and Scottish title winners Celtic were among a host of other football clubs, along with the National Basketball Association, to send get-well-soon tweets.

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