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Michael Carrick devastated to hear about Sir Alex Ferguson but hoping that he will pull through

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick sent an emotional and moving tribute to former manager Sir Alex Ferguson after the reports of him suffering from a brain haemorrhage on Saturday evening. Ferguson won 38 trophies as the United manager for over 26 years at the Theatre of Dreams, ending his time as manager at the end of the 2012/13 season, winning his 13th Premier League title before signing off as the gaffer.

Carrick was signed by Ferguson in the summer of 2006, a difficult transfer with Tottenham Hotspur, which is something Ferguson has spoken about on endless occasions, playing under Ferguson for seven years before he left his management role, becoming a director at the club. The 36-year-old, who is retiring himself at the end of the season to become a coach under Jose Mourinho stated that he was devastated to learn about Ferguson’s condition, much like everyone else at the Old Trafford club. Reported by the official Manchester United website, Carrick said:

“I was devastated. I got a text on Saturday evening and I couldn’t quite believe it. It didn’t really sink in. I was just devastated.

“It’s one of them where you start hearing different things which is quite dangerous and quite disturbing. I just stayed calm and spoke to a few people at the club to get a bit of a rundown on how he was doing.

“The whole world showed their support and I was just concerned about him, as an ex-manager and a friend – as he was to everyone. It was the effect he had on everyone. He means a lot to me, as he does to this club.

“It was a tough night on Saturday and we were waiting for some positive news. We were all praying for him and thinking of him, Cathy and the family. It’s a tough time for everyone but I’m thinking positive and hoping he will pull through.”

Sir Alex Ferguson has had many people from the world of football and beyond wish him all the best during his recovery, which seems likely to be a long progress, something he will not be afraid of based on the fight the Govan-born manager has. Other football clubs have offered their support in the 76-year-old as well as rivals showing the utmost respect they have for the successful manager who made the Premier League with his utter brilliance. Carrick concluded by saying:

“It just shows you the mark of the man and the respect he had. The whole football world is incredible but outside of that as well, from all corners of the globe and different walks of life, people have shown their support. That’s the effect he had on people.”

The lack of news coming from the hospital about Ferguson is alarming as all we want to hear is that he has come through that tough period and is now well on the road to recovery. No news is good news, as far as the saying goes anyway. Sir Alex Ferguson us someone who embodies Manchester United, as Sir Matt Busby does and he will be a figure that we all miss in the dugout for years to come. It has been five years since his retirement and it still upsets me that the magnificent time he spent at the club had to come to an end.

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