Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken publicly for the first time since undergoing emergency brain surgery in May.
The former Manchester United manager, who has been recovering at home for the past two months, has thanked medical staff in a video message released by the club.
The 76-year-old has also revealed that he intends to be back at Old Trafford to watch United in the coming season.
Ferguson said: “Hello. Just a quick message first of all to thank the medical staff at Macclesfield, Salford Royal and Alexandra hospitals. Believe me, without those people, who gave me such great care, I would not be sitting here today. So, thank you from me and my family. Thank you very much.
“It has made me feel so humble, as have all the messages I have had from all over the world, wishing me the best, and the good wishes to resonate very strongly with me. So thank you for that support you have given me.
“And lastly, I will 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.”
Ferguson, Britain’s most successful football manager, received well wishes from around the sporting world after suffering a brain haemorrhage and being rushed into hospital. He spent four days in intensive care.
The Scot looked well as he spoke directly to camera during the video message, which was tweeted by the club.
Ferguson, who retired in 2013, won 38 trophies during a 26-year spell in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues. Prior to that he won 11 trophies with Aberdeen.
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