Apprehension over Sir Alex Ferguson’s health has subsided following the big announcement on Wednesday night by Manchester United.

The club confirmed that Ferguson is out of intensive care following surgery on a brain haemorrhage,

The 76-year-old former United manager is to continue his rehabilitation in hospital in Salford.

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United said: “Sir Alex no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient.

“His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support and good wishes but continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery.”