United fans and rivals rally round stricken Ferguson

Considered the most successful manager in the history of British football, Ferguson won 38 major trophies in just over 26 years in charge of Manchester United, including 13 Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League twice.

News of Sir Alex Ferguson's condition also had an impact beyond the world of football.   -  Getty Images

Messages of support continued to pour in as legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson fought for his life on Sunday following emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage.

Considered the most successful manager in the history of British football, Ferguson won 38 major trophies in just over 26 years in charge of Manchester United, including 13 Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League twice.

It is a measure of the Scot's success on the pitch, and his stature off it that tributes poured in from around the world of sport, and beyond, to wish the 76-year-old a speedy recovery after he underwent surgery on Saturday.

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News of Ferguson's condition also had an impact beyond the world of football. Top American baseball side the Chicago White Sox posted a heartfelt message on its Twitter page, weeks after one of its players, Danny Farquhar, recently suffered a brain haemorrhage, while sitting in the team dugout.

 

Ferguson, who retired from management five years ago, appeared in good health when presenting a commemorative vase to old rival Arsene Wenger, who is stepping down as Arsenal manager, at United's Old Trafford ground last week.

However, on Saturday an ambulance was called to the Scot's home in Cheadle, near Manchester, at 9:00 am (0800 GMT). Concerns for Ferguson's health mounted when it was announced his son, Darren, the manager of English third-tier club Doncaster, would miss his side's match against Wigan because of “family reasons”.

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News of Ferguson's operation was made public by United in a statement that appeared to be cautiously optimistic about his prospects for recovery.

 

Pending updates on Ferguson's condition on Sunday, messages of support from all walks of life poured in.

 

Wenger, who spent many years as Ferguson's main managerial rival in England's Premier League, offered his support to the Scot in a short statement to the Daily Mail on Sunday.

“I am concerned and I'm thinking about him and his family. I trust his strength and his strong character will get him well very quickly,” said the Frenchman.

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