THE PEOPLE of Trafford have flooded social media with warm wishes for Sir Alex Ferguson, after the former Manchester United manager underwent emergency surgery to treat a brain haemorrhage on Saturday, May 5.

The 76-year-old, one of the most successful football managers of all time, had surgery on Saturday.

Community leaders, residents, businesses and sports stars expressed their sadness after news broke that Sir Alex had been rushed to hospital over the weekend.

Manchester United Football Club released a statement following Sir Alex's surgery, saying "the procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to aid his recovery."

Among the well-wishers across Trafford was the Leader of Trafford Labour, Andrew Western, who was quick to send his "Best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson for a full and speedy recovery."

Officers from Greater Manchester Police's Stretford and Old Trafford squad took to twitter, "Wishing Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery from all of us at GMP Trafford North."

Former United player David Beckham posted a picture on Instagram of himself as a fresh-faced schoolboy with Sir Alex, writing: “Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family.”

United's arch-rivals Manchester City tweeted: “Everyone at Manchester City wishes Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery after his surgery.”

Wayne Rooney, who joined United under Sir Alex, said: "Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time."

Non-league FC United, formed in the aftermath of the Glazier family take-over of Man United in 2005, were one of hundreds of clubs around the world sending get-well wishes to Sir Alex.

A club statement read: "Everyone at FC United would like to wish Sir Alex Ferguson a full and speedy recovery following emergency surgery today."

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Sir Alex was in good hands at Salford Royal Hospital, where "The world’s greatest football manager is being cared for by the world’s greatest doctors and nurses. We're thinking of Sir Alex and his family."

Eamonn Holmes, TV presenter and close personal friend of Sir Alex said he was "Praying for The Boss that he makes a full recovery from his Brain Haemorrhage."

He added: "So much part of my life personally and professionally for over 30 years. An amazing man and friend."

Sir Alex retired in 2013 after 26 years at Old Trafford, where he led Manchester United to 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups.

He also won the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1999, the year in which he was knighted.