Jose Mourinho says everyone at Manchester United is feeling “very positive” about Sir Alex Ferguson’s recovery from brain surgery.
The 76-year-old, who won 38 trophies during his Old Trafford tenure, remains in intensive care in a Salford hospital after an emergency operation on a brain haemorrhage on Saturday.
Mourinho was holding a press conference ahead of Thursday’s Premier League match at West Ham, when he was asked about the former United manager.
“His family asked for privacy and that is what I am going to respect,” the current United boss said.
“But (as a club) we are positive. We are very, very positive. We are confident.”
Asked if it would influence the mood of the players or United coaching staff going into Thursday night’s match at the London Stadium, Mourinho replied: “No, I can only think that if there is any relation, it is a positive relation.”
Ferguson spent almost 27 years in charge at Old Trafford, where his teams won some 13 Premier League titles as well as five FA Cups and the Champions League twice.
The 76-year-old also enjoyed a successful spell north of the border with Aberdeen, guiding the club to the Scottish league title three times and also success in the 1983 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final.
During Tuesday night’s match against Rangers, Dons fans unveiled a banner which read: “Sir Alex, get well soon.”