Ferguson returns to Old Trafford for first time since operation

Sir Alex Ferguson

Speaking in the video released in July , Ferguson said: "Believe me, without those people, who gave me such great care, I would not be sitting here today".

"It's bound to be emotional", said Ferguson of his return to Old Trafford.

While the 76-year-old was unable to attend the event in person, he recorded a personal message for Scholes hailing his former player as one of Old Trafford's all-time greats.

Ex-United star Cristiano Ronaldo told his former manager to "be strong", while David Beckham urged his ex-boss to "keep fighting".

Ferguson, accompanied by his wife Cathy, took his seat in the United directors' box as the applause continued.

And the Scot has spoken of his thanks to those who treated him during the worrying time.

The picture's caption read: "Welcome back to Old Trafford, Sir Alex".

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Sir Alex had appeared on the pitch at Old Trafford a week before he was rushed to hospital, to present outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger - his long-time rival - with a trophy recognising his career.

Ferguson, who managed United for 27 years before retiring in 2013, was on hand to see Brazilian global Fred score his first goal for the club since signing from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer.

Ferguson, who retired in 2013, won 38 trophies during a 26-year spell in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues.

Manchester United favourite Peter Schmeichel and Michael Carrick tweeted to celebrate their former manager's return. "I don't miss this!" This is the pressure, having these press guys with stupid questions! "It was a long time but it's great to be back". The important thing was getting the right time and the right rest before I came to a game.

United are now managed by Jose Mourinho, and went into the Wolves game on the back of three successive wins, at Burnley and Watford in the Premier League, and Young Boys in the European Cup.

"Paul enjoy the night, sorry I'm not there to enjoy the celebration, well done for a fantastic career and being a great human being". "I was overcome by it". Some of the doctors are here [as special guests] who did the operation and I thought it was the right thing to do.

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