Sir Alex Ferguson the respected, non-nonsense former Manchester United manager is recovering in an intensive care unit, following an emergency surgery on Saturday for a brain haemorrhage.
According to the statement from the club, the surgery of the 76-year-old Scot “had gone very well;” however, the former coach “needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery”.
While he is recovering from the emergency operation in Salford Royal Hospital, Ferguson’s family has requested privacy both from the media and public alike.
With 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups, Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in the history of the British football game. His greatest achievement came in 1999 when he famously won the Treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League. It was the same year he was knighted by the Queen of England.
Mr Ferguson started his short playing career with Scottish club Queen’s Park as a striker. He was just 16 years-old, working as an apprentice tool-worker at Clyde Shipyards. He played for two years at Rangers from 1967 and retired in 1974. But that was the beginning of Ferguson’s blossom managerial career, which started at East Stirlingshire when he was just 32 years old. His first major managerial achievement came at St Mirren, where he won his first trophy. The club managed to take the Scottish first division title in 1977 under his management. The cup was a major motivation for the young Ferguson, who moved on to Aberdeen club and metamorphosed it to a Scottish football pillar – a big challenge to Celtic and Rangers, the two top Scottish clubs. His achievement with the club was not limited to the Scottish league. Apart from leading the club to four Scottish FA Cups, three Scottish titles, one League Cup, the club equally won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983 against Real Madrid in the final.
Ferguson’s management of the Scotland national team, following the death of the coach Jock Stein, was not very successful. The country could not past the group stage of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. But that disappointment, perhaps led to Ferguson’s greatest achievement as a manager when he moved to Manchester United to become the manager the same year. At Manchester United, he became the most celebrated, famous – and some would say, feared – manager in the British football history. Immediately he took over the affairs at the Manchester United, which he managed for a record 26 years, the club won in 1993, their first league title under him. He also won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, and two UEFA Champions League titles.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd trophies
Premier League: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
FA Charity/Community Shield: 1990 (shared), 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
FA Cup: 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004
Inter-Continental Cup: 1999
Fifa Club World Cup: 2008
Champions League: 1999, 2008
Cup Winners Cup: 1991
We all wish the most respected football manager and a great mentor a quick and successful recovery.