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Manchester unites to support managerial great Alex Ferguson

(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo were among those to offer messages of support to British football's most successful manager Alex Ferguson, after the former Manchester United boss underwent emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage.

United said in a statement on Saturday that Ferguson's surgery had gone "extremely well", but the 76-year-old would need a period of intensive care to aid his recovery.

Ferguson won a total of 49 trophies during his illustrious managerial career, which also included spells at St Mirren and Aberdeen. The Scotsman led United to an impressive 38 trophies during his nearly 27-year reign at the club.

Real Madrid forward and five-times Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo kickstarted his career at United under Ferguson from 2003 to 2009.

Beckham was part of the famous "Fergie's Fledglings" group, along with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and brothers Gary and Phil Neville, that led United to numerous trophies from the mid-1990s, including the historic 1999 treble.

Many current and former United players, including Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand, Diego Forlan and David de Gea also offered messages of support as did United's Premier League rivals Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Ferguson and his family also received well wishes from clubs all around the world.

Italian sides AC Milan and Inter Milan, Spanish champions Barcelona and Scottish champions Celtic were among a host of clubs to support the Scotsman.

Soccer greats, managers, fans, politicians and news outlets sent messages of support as did athletes and governing bodies from other sports, including the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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