It sent shockwaves through the football world but Ferguson is reportedly recovering well from his emergency surgery.
The English Premier League (EPL) team he managed for 27 seasons, has since said the operation “had gone very well” but he still needed “a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery”.
Manchester United would like to thank the wider football world for the messages of support following the news that Sir Alex Ferguson underwent emergency surgery on Saturday evening.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 6, 2018
The 76-year-old Scot only put the clipboard away in 2013, having secured his 13th EPL title with the Red Devils, and after winning just about everything he could in clubland.
Ferguson won an unprecedented 49 trophies, including the UEFA Champions League twice, the FA Cup five times, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
He is in the English, Scottish and European hall of fames, and was named the best manager of all time by World Soccer Magazine in 2013.
Brilliance of Ferguson as a leader
The strength of Ferguson’s leadership was documented by now Irish assistant manager Roy Keane.
“One of Ferguson’s great strengths was that he always had a feel for the group when it came to team talks; he knew what would be needed,” Keane wrote.
Keane recounted a pre-match talk against Tottenham during his playing days as an example.
“I thought please don’t go on about Tottenham, we all know what Tottenham is about, they are nice and tidy but we’ll fucking do them. He came in and said: ‘Lads, it’s Tottenham’ and that was it. Brilliant.”
The pair fell out, but Keane couldn’t deny his former manager’s brilliance.
“It could have been a European semi-final, it could have been Leeds away, it could have been a home League Cup tie – Alex Ferguson always had a feel of the group,” he added.