Former Aberdeen and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has underwent emergency surgery on Saturday after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

A statement on the official club website, read: "Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery.

"His family request privacy in this matter."

The 76-year-old retired as United manager five years ago after winning a total of 38 trophies in his 26 years in charge of the Old Trafford side. His trophy haul included 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, five FA Cups and four League Cups. And was knighted in 1999 after winning the treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.

Ferguson began his playing career with Queen's Park as a 16-year-old striker whilst working at Clyde Shipyards.

He spent two years at Rangers from 1967 before retiring from playing the game in 1974. His managerial career started at East Stirlingshire before moving to St.Mirren, where he won the Scottish First Division title in 1977.

He began his managerial career as a 32-year-old at East Stirlingshire before going to St Mirren, where he won his first trophy by taking the Scottish first division title in 1977.

Aberdeen was his next destination turning them into a title challenging side to tackle the stranglehold that Celtic and Rangers had on the game.

He led the Dons to three Scottish league titles, four Scottish FA Cups, one League Cup, the European Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup.

With the death of Ferguson's mentor Jock Stein at the end of a World Cup qualifier against Wales, he led Scotland to the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico but was unable to take the national team past the group stages.

United came calling in 1987 and they celebrated their first Premier League title under the Scot in 1993, their first for 26 years.

We wish Sir Alex Ferguson a speedy recovery.

Last Ditch Tackle is unashamedly passionate about Scottish football, with a heavy Celtic slant.