Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he is “grateful for an additional three years” after suffering a brain hemorrhage in 2018, suggesting he was “terrified” of memory loss. The 79-year-old Scott spoke to the BBC ahead of the release of a documentary “Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In” directed by his son Jason.
Alex Ferguson, who won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles as United heads, said such a narrow getaway changed his outlook on life. “I probably don’t take things too seriously when you know you are weak… If I go tomorrow I will be grateful for the extra three years I have,” he said. “It’s a feeling I’ve had for a while now.”
The documentary begins with the sound of an emergency call from Jason after Ferguson falls ill at home. Ferguson, who resigned as head of United in 2013, said, “I tried to get out of bed and just fell.”
“I was very lucky because I fell on the shoe rack and all the shoes fell and made noise, and Kathy (his wife) was down. They came and made me sit on the wall and that’s the last thing I remember.”
Ferguson underwent emergency surgery and remained in intensive care for several days. He said he was scared when he could not speak while visiting his grandchildren from the hospital. “I always relied on this (memory),” he said. “And then my two grandchildren were with me and suddenly I stopped talking, I just couldn’t say a word.
“And at that time I was a little scared to be honest with you. And I start thinking, “What are we going to do now?” Can’t you talk, my memory is gone? Then the speech therapist started, she was fantastic, she wrote me all the names of my family, all the names of my players and then, after about 10 days, she came back.”
Ferguson, known for his tough temperament and competition as a manager, said the audience could be “quite astonished” at the way he met.