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Sir Alex Ferguson remains in hospital following emergency surgery

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Alan Irwin reports from outside the Salford Royal Hospital, where Sir Alex Ferguson is recovering after undergoing emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage

Sir Alex Ferguson continues to be treated at Salford Royal Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage on Saturday night.

The 76-year-old former Manchester United manager is recovering after the operation, having been taken to hospital after falling ill at home.

Alan Irwin of Sky Sports reported on Monday morning: "Sir Alex remains in intensive care, here at Salford Royal Hospital.

"There is no further update on his condition currently but we now know that the procedure following the brain haemorrhage went very well."

His former club have released a statement which read: "Manchester United would like to thank its friends in the wider football world for the countless messages of support that have been conveyed following the news that Sir Alex Ferguson underwent emergency surgery on Saturday evening.

"As well as being uppermost in the thoughts of our own players, past and present, Sir Alex has been the subject of many warm and touching comments from other clubs, governing bodies and individuals in the beautiful game. Thank you."

Numerous current and former United players have sent Ferguson their best wishes, including goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, whose wife Annemarie made a full recovery after a brain haemorrhage in 2009.

Van der Sar wrote: "Devastated about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all too well about the situation ourselves.

"Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover. Edwin & Annemarie."

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