Sir Alex Ferguson has made a first public appearance for almost three months since a brain haemorrhage – to thank the hospital staff who saved his life.

The 76-year-old Manchester United legend, who won 38 trophies including 13 Premier League titles in 26 years in charge at Old Trafford, was rushed to hospital on Saturday May 5 for emergency surgery.

Now battling his way back from the ordeal, Sir Alex posted a video message on Twitter via Manchester United to pay tribute to both NHS staff and the public for their warm wishes.

He said: “[I’d like to] thank the medical staff at Macclesfield, Salford Royal and Alexander Hospitals, believe me without those people who gave me such great care I would not be sitting here today.”

Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson
“Thank you from me and my family, thank you very much.

“It has made me feel so humble, as has all the messages I have had from all over the world wishing me the best.

“The good wishes do resonate very strongly with me. So thank you for that support.

“Lastly, I’ll be back later in the season to watch the team. In the meantime all the best to Jose and the players.

“Thank you very much.”

Sir Alex managed United from 1986 to 2013, having previously broken Celtic and Rangers’ stranglehold on Scottish football with three League titles, three Scottish Cups and a European trophy.

Source: Mark Lawford