Sir Alex Ferguson feared he would never be able to speak again

Sir Alex Ferguson feared he would never be able to speak again after suffering a brain haemorrhage in 2018 – with legendary former Manchester United boss revealing his terror before his voice returned after 10 days

  • The former Manchester United manager was speaking at Glasgow Film Festival 
  • Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In was a film directed by his son Jason Ferguson 
  • Ex-Aberdeen boss also revealed his favourite memory whilst at the Red Devils 

Sir Alex Ferguson has said he feared he would never be able to speak again after suffering a brain haemorrhage in 2018.

The former Manchester United manager told a Q&A at Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) he was worried he could lose his voice and memory after undergoing emergency surgery.

A new documentary about the two-time Champions League-winning manager premiered at the GFF on Saturday. Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In was filmed while he was recovering from the operation, directed by his son Jason.

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his terror at not being able to speak after a brain haemorrhage

Aware that his memory might desert him, the film sees Sir Alex recount the most important stories of his life, in and out of football. Speaking alongside his son during a virtual Q&A, he said the recovery from the operation was terrifying.

‘I lost my voice, just could not get a word out, and that was terrifying – absolutely terrifying,’ he said. ‘And everything was going through my mind: is my memory going to come back? Am I ever going to speak again?’

With a speech therapist he worked through exercises in which he had to recall every member of his teams and his voice came back after 10 days.

Ferguson, who retired in 2013, won 38 trophies during a 26-year spell in charge of United, and previously managed East Stirlingshire, St Mirren, Aberdeen and the Scotland national team.

The legendary former Manchester United boss won 38 trophies during 26 years with the side

He told the Q&A that his favourite memory of Manchester United fans was on the day he won the league title for the first time.

‘God almighty – I couldn’t get out of the car park,’ he said. ‘There were thousands of them… they could have made me president that day.’

He said the experiences he regretted most during his time in football were having to let players go, particular youngsters.

‘That is the worst thing, having to let a young player go,’ he said. ‘Because all his ambitions and hopes and desires are about playing for Manchester United in front of 75,000 people and going to Wembley in a final.

Ferguson described his best memory at United as winning the Premier League for the first time

‘When you take that away from them it’s a sore, sore thing. So I hated that.’

The documentary also looks at Sir Alex’s upbringing in Scotland.

‘I speak for every young boy in Govan and Glasgow that growing up, the only thing you had was football – football every day,’ he added. ‘There was nothing else in my life.’

As a young man, Sir Alex organised strikes of apprentice workers, helping to win better wages.

‘There are moments in your life when you say, I did something really worthwhile,’ he said, stressing he was proud of his role in the strikes.

He said that determination was a key attribute in his success, reminiscing on a formative defeat as a young manager to Albion Rovers when he was in charge of East Stirlingshire.

His team lost 5-2 and he said he ‘made sure my players had a mental toughness from that moment on’.

He added: ‘My mindset every time I played a game of football was to win – that was the only thing that mattered.’ 

Share this article

Source: Read Full Article