SIR Alex Ferguson has left intensive care but remains in hospital after undergoing emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage on Saturday.

According to a Man United press statement on Wednesday evening, the 76-year-old "will continue his rehabilitation as an inpatient" at Salford Royal Hospital following successful surgery.

It added: “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.”

Sir Alex collapsed at home on Saturday and was taken to Macclesfield District General Hospital around 9am, before a police escort rushed him to Salford Royal for an emergency operation.

Sir Alex is the most successful manager in Manchester United’s history, winning 13 Premier League titles and two European Cups alongside a host of other trophies during his 27 years in charge.