Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs hailed Sir Alex Ferguson as "the biggest influence on my career" and said his prayers were with him as he recovers after emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage.
The former Aberdeen and United manager was admitted to the Salford Royal Hospital on Saturday.
Giggs, given his United debut by Ferguson as a 17-year-old in 1991, told the BBChe had seen the 76-year-old two weeks ago and said his recovery would be "all about positive thinking."
"He's had a huge impact on my career," he said. "I've known him since I was 13, I played for him until I was 40, so we know each other extremely well.
"It's not just on the pitch, it's off the pitch as well. He's been a brilliant person to speak to -- if you ever had any problems or difficulties, he always said his office was open.
"He has been the biggest influence on my career by far. I was with him two weeks earlier, I was sat next to him at a dinner and he was fine, and I was at the game when he presented Arsene Wenger with his memento [against Arsenal at Old Trafford].
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