London - Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was sitting up and
talking to his family, reports said on Tuesday, as he recovers from
emergency surgery following a brain haemorrhage.
who suffered the haemorrhage on Saturday, remains in intensive care and
there has been no official update on his condition from the Premier
But Britain's Mail Online said the Scot, who retired in 2013, was out of a coma and showing promising early signs of recovery.
went very well and the 76-year-old's response to treatment has given
encouragement and cautious optimism to those close to him," the report
"However, they recognise it will still be a slow road to full recovery as he continues to be assessed."
prognosis is good and his closest friends in football are being kept
abreast of any developments," a source told The Sun newspaper.
of the greatest managers in football history, Ferguson won 38 trophies
in more than 26 years in charge of United, including 13 Premier League
titles and the Champions League twice.
Support has flooded in from
the football world and from those outside the game and United
midfielder Michael Carrick said that the response shows the esteem in
which his former boss is held.
"The whole football world is
incredible but outside of that as well, from all corners of the globe
and different walks of life, people have shown their support," he told
"That's the effect he had on people. It was the effect he had on everyone. He means a lot to me, as he does to this club.
were all praying for him and thinking of him, Cathy and the family.
It's a tough time for everyone but I'm thinking positive and hoping he
will pull through."
Wales manager Ryan
Giggs, who was part of all of Ferguson's 13 Premier League
title-winning teams after being given his debut as a 17-year-old in
1991, told the BBC: "I know the operation has been a success - but he
is a fighter and that is what makes me think he will be able to make a
"Now is the time to pray and hope he can make a full
recovery. He has been the biggest influence in my career, both on and
off the pitch."
Defender Phil Jones, one of a handful of players
signed by Ferguson who is still at the club, added: "I know his
character. I know he has that fight in him. Hopefully he'll recover
"He has got all his family and friends around him, the
support from all the players and staff at Man United and football around
United have thanked the many well-wishers, including
Premier League managers Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp,
who have spoken of their admiration for Ferguson.
Wenger enjoyed a
long, and at times fractious rivalry with Ferguson as they battled for
Premier League supremacy in the first decade of the Frenchman's long
reign in charge of Arsenal.
However, they later became friends
and with Wenger leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, Ferguson
presented his old adversary with a memento on his final visit to
United's Old Trafford ground just last weekend.
"I was with him on
the pitch last week. I went to see him in the box after the game and he
looked in perfect shape," said Wenger, after his final home game as
Arsenal boss on Sunday.
"He told me he is doing a lot of exercise,
and he looked very happy but that kind of accident can happen. We wish
him all well and to recover very quickly. He is a strong man and an