Giggs hopeful of full recovery for Ferguson

London: Manchester United’s most decorated player Ryan Giggs is hopeful his legendary former manager Alex Ferguson will make a full recovery from emergency surgery on a brain haemorrhage.

Considered the most successful manager in the history of British football, Ferguson, 76, won 38 trophies in just over 26 years in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and the Champions League twice before retiring in 2013.

United have offered no update on Ferguson’s condition since saying a procedure on the haemorrhage on Saturday had gone “very well”, but that a period of intensive care is needed to optimise his recovery.

Wales manager Giggs was part of all 13 of Ferguson’s title-winning sides in a 24-year playing career at Old Trafford.

“Now is the time to pray and hope he can make a full recovery,” Giggs told Wales.

“He has been the biggest influence in my career, both on and off the pitch.

“I know the operation has been a success — but he is a fighter and that is what makes me think that he will be able to make a recovery.”

United defender Phil Jones is also positive on Ferguson’s chances of making a full recovery, despite admitting to being “devastated” by the news of his ill health.

“(I am) just devastated, absolutely devastated,” said Jones, who was signed for United by Ferguson in 2011.

“He is such a legend in my eyes. He is the one who brought me to the club and gave me that opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world. He’s taken me under his wing like a father and it was shocking.”

“It’s sad, but I know his character. I know he has that fight in him. Hopefully he’ll recover well.”

United midfielder Juan Mata admitted news of Ferguson’s condition had a “huge impact” on the current squad. “This circumstance has had a huge impact on Manchester United, as you can imagine,” Mata wrote in his blog.

“All of us are united right now, wishing Sir Alex a speedy recovery. He has been a unique and fundamental figure in the football world over the last few decades.”

United thanked the many well-wishers, including the likes of rival managers Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, who spoke of their admiration for Ferguson.

“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,” United said in a statement on Sunday.