Sir Alex Ferguson has returned to Old Trafford for the first time since recovering from brain surgery.
The Manchester United icon, 76, underwent emergency surgery back in May following a brain haemorrhage.
The United legend, who left intensive care in May following emergency surgery, looked in high spirits as he arrived at Old Trafford ahead of the Red Devils’ Premier League match against Wolves on Saturday.
United announced on Twitter that they will be celebrating Ferguson’s return to Old Trafford at 2:45pm, and asked fans to ensure that they took their seats in time.
Ferguson spent almost 27 years in charge at Old Trafford, where his teams won some 13 Premier League titles as well as five FA Cups and the Champions League twice.
The 76-year-old also enjoyed a successful spell north of the border with Aberdeen, guiding the club to the Scottish league title three times and also success in the 1983 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final.
The football world came together following news of Ferguson’s condition to praise the former manager, who thanked medical staff and well-wishers ahead of Saturday’s match.
“It’s really good [to be back],” he told MUTV. “It’s obviously been a long journey but I’m making steps forward, doing what my son tells me and what the doctors tell me so, yeah, it’s really good.
“I’m a bit nervous, to be honest with you, maybe a bit tense really because the last game was Arsenal back in April. It was a long time but it’s great to be back and I just hope we get a win today.
Joking about being interviewed by the club’s in-house media station, Ferguson joked: “I don’t miss this! This is the pressure, having these press guys with stupid questions!
“No, it’s great to go back to the stadium and it’s going to be quite emotional for me when the game starts, things like that. It had to happen some time and I’ve been looking forward to it. It was important getting the right time and the right rest before coming to a game.
“It’s bound to be emotional. Particularly when I take my seat in the box. That will be something, you know. I’ll be glad when it gets over and the game starts and I can enjoy it.”
The outpouring of love for Sir Alex was something he appreciates and he is also extremely thankful to the surgeons who provided him with such excellent care and expertise.
Ferguson revealed that some of the medical staff who helped him recover will be at the match as special guests, and once again thanked the thousands of well-wishers.
“It’s unbelievable, there were thousands of cards and they kept arriving at Salford Royal Hospital,” he said. “I’d left by that time but they kept coming and kept coming. The number of emails, texts and personal cards to the house, it was just amazing. It really was.
”I’m overcome by it and overwhelmed by it. I think, if you remember, I did the message [through MUTV] to thank the people who had taken the time to send me messages. It was really important to do that. Some of the doctors are here [as special guests] who did the operation and I thought it was the right thing to do. It’s great to be back!”
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