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22/09/2018 15:32 BST

Sir Alex Ferguson Receives Ovation For First Old Trafford Visit Since Brain Surgery

"It’s going to be quite emotional for me when the game starts."

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson returned to Old Trafford for the first time since having brain surgery, receiving a jubilant reception from fans.

The 76-year-old Ferguson smiled and waved as he took his seat in the directors’ box for United’s Premier League game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Scot had emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage on May 5 and was in intensive care for several days at Salford Royal Hospital. Saturday’s match marked his first visit to Old Trafford since his operation.

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Sir Alex Ferguson waves to fans prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Saturday.
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Fergie sat in the directors' box to watch United spar with Wolves.

The last time Ferguson attended a game at Old Trafford was in April, when he presented outgoing former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a commemorative gift.

“It’s great to go back to the stadium and it’s going to be quite emotional for me when the game starts,” Ferguson told MUTV.

“It had to happen some time and I’ve been looking forward to it. It was important getting the right time and the right rest before coming to a game.”

Ferguson was United manager from 1986 to 2013, winning the Champions League twice, the Premier League 13 times and five FA Cups.

He was knighted in 1999, the year United won the treble of Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.