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Ex-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson thanks hospitals after surgery

Sir Alex Ferguson, 76, has spoken publicly for the first time since going home from hospital in a video on social media.

The former Manchester United boss says he would "not be sitting here today" without the "great care" of hospital staff after having surgery for a brain haemorrhage in May.

He also thanked fans "for the support you have given me".

"It has made me feel so humble, as have all the messages I have received from all over the world," he added.

Sir Alex's last public appearance was on 29 April at Old Trafford when he presented former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a commemorative trophy.

Ferguson had emergency surgery on 5 May and was in intensive care for several days at Salford Royal Hospital.

In a video shared on Manchester United's Twitter account, Sir Alex said: "I want to thank the medical staff at Macclesfield, Salford Royal and Alexandra hospitals.

"Believe me, without those people who gave me such great care I would not be sitting here today. Thank you from me and my family.

"The good wishes do resonate very strongly with me. Thank you for the support you have given me.

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"I will be back later in the season to watch the team and, in the meantime, all the best to Jose Mourinho and the players."

Ferguson is the most successful manager in the history of the British game, he won 38 trophies during 26 years in charge and retired as Manchester United manager in May 2013

His trophy haul at Old Trafford included 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups.