The world of football came together to send legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and his family their best on Saturday evening, after hearing the news that the Scot was fighting for his life following surgery after suffering a brain haemorrhage.
The 76-year-old's procedure has gone "very well", according to a club statement, though Ferguson remains in intensive care to ensure he optimises his recovery.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest managers football has ever seen, Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies among a host of other silverware during his incredibly successful career on the sidelines.
And it's evident from the outpouring of support from his former players, managers, clubs from around the world, key men and women in other sports and from fans on the whole that Sir Alex is one of the most respected and loved we've ever seen.
The likes of Michael Carrick, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo sent messages of well-wishes following the news:
Beckham wrote: "Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x"
🙏🏼 🙏🏼 Sir Alex— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) May 5, 2018
Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Be strong Boss xx— Michael Carrick (@carras16) May 5, 2018
Gutted to hear the news tonight about Sir Alex. Don’t really know what else to say other than thoughts and prayers with you and your family, Boss 🙏🏾🙏🏾— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 5, 2018
Sending my love and best wishes to sir Alex 🙏🏽🙌🏽— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) May 5, 2018
Thoughts and prayers are with Sir Alex Ferguson and his family! Stay strong 🙏🏿🙏🏿— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) May 5, 2018
This evening, everybody at Chelsea FC sends our best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson for a full and swift recovery following emergency surgery.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 5, 2018
Hang in there Sir Alex. Thoughts are with the family and close ones.— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) May 5, 2018
Get well soon, Sir Alex.