Former Manchester United Alex Ferguson is recovering in hospital after undergoing an emergency surgery on Saturday for a brain haemorrhage.

The 76-year-old Ferguson is the most successful manager in United’s history.

He was united manager from 1986 to 2013, winning the Champions League twice, the Premier League 13 times and five FA Cups.

Ferguson is being treated at Salford Royal Infirmary following his surgery at the same venue.

According to a statement released by the club the procedure has gone very well, but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery.

The Scot was last seen presenting outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a commemorative silver vase prior to United’s 2-1 Premier League win over the Gunners last Sunday at Old Trafford.

Ferguson assembled three great sides, the 1993 and 1994 double winners, the 1998 and 1999 treble team and the league and Champions League victors of 2007-08.

His family have requested some privacy in the matter.