Alex Ferguson 'awake and talking' after brain surgery

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Goodwill messages are continuing to pour in for Sir Alex Ferguson, one of world football's most iconic managerial figures who is recovering in hospital after undergoing emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage.

As per a report in The Sun, the former Manchester United boss is "sitting up talking and asking about his results".

However, doctors expressed cautious optimism and recognize that the healing process 76-year-old Ferguson will be long.

United's initial statement on their former manager, issued on Saturday, said that surgery had gone "very well".

News of Ferguson's condition has rocked the football world, which has rallied to support the United statesman.

Ferguson retired from the game in 2013 after having guided the Red Devils to an unprecedented 20th Premier League title and the English giants have failed to win the league since then, despite splashing the cash each summer. I've the utmost respect for him as all of the gamers you converse to can have'.

Yesterday, former Manchester United star Rafael da Silva spoke about how the news of Ferguson's illness brought him to tears. "Sending prayers and love to [wife] Cathy and the whole family". It's a tough time for everyone but I'm thinking positive and hoping he will pull through.

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A host of Premier League managers, including Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Manchester City's Pep Guardiola, sent their good wishes over the weekend to Ferguson, the most successful manager in the history of the British game.

The Wales manager said he is praying for Ferguson (76) - who he calls the biggest influence in his life - to make a full recovery.

Manchester United star, Ashley Young, has described how he was "deeply affected" by Sir Alex Ferguson's emergency surgery.

The sign put up to commemorate Ferguson's time at United, near Old Trafford, has disappeared and was presumed stolen with the council moving to order a replacement. You can only hope and pray that everything is going to be OK.

"It's sad, but I know his character".

And the great and good of the footballing world shared their well-wishes for Ferguson who is said to have complained of being unwell since Thursday. "He means a lot to me, as he does to this club".

"We wish him all the best and that he recovers quickly".

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