Sir Alex Ferguson 'out of coma and sitting up talking to family'

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The former Manchester United manager underwent emergency surgery after suffering a brain haemorrhage over the weekend.

The 76-year-old Ferguson retired from managing in 2013 after nearly 27 years in charge of Manchester United but he has continued to regularly attend matches and participate in UEFA coaching initiatives.

However, he did say everyone at the club was optimistic that the United great would recover. His family ask for privacy and that's what I'm going to respect.

"We are positive, we are very, very positive", the United manager said about Ferguson.

'We are positive. We are very, very positive'.

Asked if he'd been in contact with Ferguson, Mourinho replied: 'It's private.

However, in the first signs his health could be improving, the Scot is now awake in bed and talking with friends and family as he recovers from surgery.

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Mourinho said the situation that has affected everyone at United would not have a negative effect on their preparations for tomorrow night's game at West Ham.

Chelsea boss Antonie Conte said: "I have had the possibility to know him and his wife and to understand that this is a special person".

Players at United pledged to win the FA Cup for Sir Alex as well-wishers from across the sport continued to offer their support.

Sir Alex, 76, then joked about flying to Kiev in two weeks time for the Champions League final after waking at Salford Royal Hospital.

However, they recognise it will still be a slow road to full recovery as he continues to be assessed, and his prognosis may not be known for a number of weeks. They bought Saha; I remember a lot of the boys telling me when I'd go away with England, "I thought you were actually coming".

Speaking on the subject of his former manager, Rafael admitted he was crying when he heard the news and hailed Ferguson as a father figure.

"We were all praying for him and thinking of him, Cathy and the family". "It's a tough time for everyone but I'm thinking positive and hoping he will pull through".

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