Ferguson leaves ICU

Alex Ferguson is out of intensive care after suffering a brain haemorrhage, Manchester United has announced.

Ferguson, 76, was rushed to hospital on Saturday with a life-threatening brain haemorrhage but is already awake and talking.

The legendary United manager amazed fans by chatting football as soon as he woke from an induced coma.

Friends of Ferguson  said his first words on waking at Salford Royal Hospital, Gtr Manchester, were: “So, how did Doncaster get on?”

He fell critically ill hours before son Darren’s Doncaster Rovers played host to Wigan in the final match of the season, and lost 1-0.

Ferguson stunned his family minutes after coming round from emergency surgery – and joked about flying to Kiev in two weeks’ time in time for the Champions League Final.

He no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient.

His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support and good wishes but continue to request privacy as it will be vital during this next stage of recovery.

Ferguson is known as the most successful football manager in the history of the British game.

Goodwill messages have flooded in from every corner after the football legend was known to be seriously ill

In a tweet announcing the good news, Manchester United wrote: “Sir Alex no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient. His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support and good wishes but continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery.”

The Scot retired as United manager in May 2013 after winning 38 trophies during 26 years in charge.