Man Utd defender Young 'deeply affected' by Sir Alex illness

'Now is the time to pray', says Giggs as Jones hails 'father figure' Ferguson

'Now is the time to pray', says Giggs as Jones hails 'father figure' Ferguson

Wales manager Ryan Giggs, who was handed his United debut by Ferguson in 1991, said he was praying for his former manager's recovery.

According to the tabloid, the most winning coach in the history of British football is still in intensive care at the Royal hospital in Salford, but sat and talked with members of his family and friends.

The legendary Manchester United manager suffered a brain haemorrhage last week and messages of support flooded in from fans, players and former colleagues as he underwent emergency surgery.

Jones is one of those now at United who was signed by Ferguson, having joined from Blackburn in 2011, and the England global has described how pivotal his old manager was in helping him settle in.

"(I am) just devastated, absolutely devastated", he said.

"He is such a legend in my eyes". When you're young it's nice to be linked with the biggest clubs in the world.

"Being a fellow Scot, I think he was trying to take me under his wing a bit". I've the utmost respect for him as all of the gamers you converse to can have'. Hopefully, he'll recover well.

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

Chelsea boss Antonie Conte said: "I have had the possibility to know him and his wife and to understand that this is a special person".

The Red Devils are set to finish in second place this season but can still the end campaign with some silverware if Manchester United win the FA Cup. We wish him all well and to recover very quickly.

Wenger, who is leaving the Gunners at the end of the season, described Ferguson as "an optimistic man" with Guardiola saying his thoughts were with Ferguson's wife Cathy and the rest of his family, including his son Darren, who is now in charge of Doncaster Rovers.

"I was devastated. I got a text on Saturday evening and I couldn't quite believe it".

"He told me he is doing a lot of exercises, and he looked very happy but that kind of accident can happen".

'Everyone at the club is wishing him all the best and his family as well.

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