Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he would “not be sitting here today” without the “great care” of hospital staff after his surgery for a brain haemorrhage in May.
Ferguson, 76, has spoken publicly for the first time since going home from the hospital in a video on social media.
The former manager also thanked well-wishers “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.
Ferguson had emergency surgery on 5 May and was in intensive care for several days at Salford Royal Hospital.
In a 48-second video posted on Manchester United’s Twitter account, Ferguson 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.
“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.”