Ashley Young won the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United
Ashley Young has spoken of his devastation at hearing the news of Sir Alex Ferguson’s emergency brain operation and is praying his former Manchester United manager makes a full recovery.
Having fallen ill at home on Saturday, Ferguson was rushed to hospital in Salford to undergo surgery on a brain haemorrhage.
The 76-year-old remains in intensive care, with the world of football and beyond anxiously awaiting an official update on his condition.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s Jim White about hearing the news of Ferguson’s ilness, Young said: “I was deeply affected, sad and I was lost for words.
“You can only hope and pray that everything is going to be OK.”
Young was signed by Ferguson for United in 2011 and won a Premier League title under the legendary Scot – British football’s most successful ever manager.
“Everyone at the club is wishing him all the best and his family as well,” continued the 33-year-old.
“He is a great man. I have the utmost respect for him as all the players you speak to will have.
“Sir Alex is a fantastic person on and off the field. He has been fantastic for me. To bring me to one of the biggest clubs in the world was a fantastic feeling for me.
“He is a fighter and hopefully in the coming days it will be positive news for his family and himself. He is a born winner and a fighter.”
Addressing his former manager directly, Young added: “Sir Alex, all the best, I hope you get well. You are a fighter and a winner and we want you out of the hospital and back with us.”