Sir Alex Ferguson August 2017Stu Forster

‘Be strong boss’ – Man Utd captain Carrick leads Sir Alex Ferguson well wishers

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has led the tributes to iconic manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who is in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery on Saturday.

The Red Devils released a statement that confirmed the Scot, who spent 27 years at the helm of the Old Trafford club, had suffered a brain haemorrhage .

The operation is said to have proceeded "very well" and in the aftermath a flood of tributes poured in for the 76-year-old.

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Among those most touched by his illness are current and former United playing staff, particularly those who had worked under the former Dunfermline, Rangers and Falkirk striker.

His former clubs were also quick to wish the iconic manager a speedy recovery.

But it was not just those that Ferguson worked with who were eager to pass on their well wishes – those who came up against the Scot, and some who just knew him by his legend, also wanted to express their desire to see him on his feet soon.

Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles with the Red Devils, five FA Cups and two Champions Leagues, among a host of other trophies.