Monday, 22 October, 2018

Sir Alex Ferguson receives rapturous applause on Old Trafford return

Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to a Manchester United great via video Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to a Manchester United great via video
Cary Erickson | 22 September, 2018, 19:58

Doctors told him he was extremely lucky to be alive, but after several months recuperating at home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, the 76-year-old has made it out to watch United take on Wolves today.

Fans were urged to be in their seats 15 minutes before kick-off at Old Trafford and they stood to their feet to applaud Sir Alex as he made his way into his seat in the directors box.

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson gestures as he receives the crowd's applause as he arrives for the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 22, 2018.

"It's obviously been a long journey but I'm making steps forward, doing what my son tells me and what the doctors tell me", Ferguson said Saturday.

Sir Alex had appeared on the pitch at Old Trafford a week before he was rushed to hospital, to present outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger - his long-time rival - with a trophy recognising his career.

"Believe me, without those people, who gave me such great care, I would not be sitting here today".

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"It's great to go back to the stadium and it's going to be quite emotional for me when the game starts", Ferguson told MUTV.

"It's bound to be emotional". 'Particularly when I take my seat in the box.

"Paul enjoy the night, sorry I'm not there to enjoy the celebration, well done for a fantastic career and being a great human being".

In the message, Ferguson said in part: "And the goals he's scored, unbelievable". The number of emails, texts and personal cards to the house, it was just unbelievable. "It's great to be back!".

Scholes made 718 appearances for the Red Devils, winning 11 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues in that time.

United face Wolves with the chance to win four consecutive games for the first time since January and close the gap at the top with early leaders Liverpool and Chelsea.