At the beginning of May this year, widespread shock greeted the news that Alex Ferguson had been rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.
On that day, Manchester United released a statement outlining what was happening to their legendary former manager:
Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain hemorrhage. 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.
This afternoon, the club were once again behind releasing news of Ferguson's condition. Thankfully, this time he was the one providing the updates.
Released across the club's social media platforms, the short video is of the Scot himself, outlining his thanks to those who had saved his life, and provided him with such overwhelming support:
Hello, just a quick message, to first of all thank the medical staff at Macclesfield, Salford Royal and Alexandria hospitals.
Believe me, without those people who gave me such great care, I would not be sitting here today. So thank you, from me and my family.
This has made me feel so humble, as have all the messages I have from all over the world ... and the good wishes do resonate very, very strongly with me.
Confirming that he would be returning to Old Trafford at some stage in the coming season, Ferguson also extended his support for Jose Mourinho and the players as they embark on a 2018/19 campaign.
You can watch the short video below.
On Saturday 5 May, the football world was rocked by the news that Sir Alex Ferguson had undergone surgery for a brain haemorrhage.
Since then, the most successful manager in English football history has battled in a way only he knows how.
Today, we bring you a special message. pic.twitter.com/NgGejgM46e
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 26, 2018