Sir Alex Ferguson biggest influence on my career - Ryan Giggs
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 BBC he 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].
"It was a shock, but now it's all about positive thinking. I understand the op has gone well, and even though he is still in a critical condition we all hope that he makes a full recovery.
"My wishes and prayers go to him and his family. It is not a nice time now, because you are just waiting and just hoping that he does recover."