Manchester United have confirmed that Sir Alex Ferguson will attend their Premier League game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
Ferguson, 76, was admitted to the Salford Royal Hospital in May, 2018 and needed emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage.
After his treatment, Ferguson released a statement in July, 2018 to thank staff at Macclesfield, Salford Royal and Alexandra hospitals who treated him and reveal he hoped to be back at Old Trafford this season.
This would be now be possible on Saturday as United announced the Scot would be back in the directors’ box for the first time since he was hospitalised to watch Manchester United take on Premier League new boys Wolves.
Speaking on his return to Old Trafford, he said:
“I’m making steps forward, doing what my son tells me and what the doctors tell me so, yeah, it’s really good.
“I’m a bit nervous, to be honest with you, maybe a bit tense really because the last game was Arsenal back in April. It was a long time but it’s great to be back and I just hope we get a win today”.
Speaking of doing interviews, he said: “I don’t miss this. This is the pressure, having these press guys with stupid questions. No, it’s great to go back to the stadium and it’s going to be quite emotional for me when the game starts, things like that. It had to happen sometime and I’ve been looking forward to it. It was important getting the right time and the right rest before coming to a game.
“It’s bound to be emotional. Particularly when I take my seat in the box. That will be something, you know. I’ll be glad when it gets over and the game starts and I can enjoy it”.
He thanked well-wishers for their kind words as he recovered and revealed he had invited some of the doctors who looked after him to the game as well.
“It’s unbelievable, there were thousands of cards and they kept arriving at Salford Royal Hospital. I’d left by that time but they kept coming and kept coming. The number of emails, texts and personal cards to the house, it was just amazing. It really was.
“I’m overcome by it and overwhelmed by it. I think, if you remember, I did the message [through MUTV] to thank the people who had taken the time to send me messages. It was really important to do that. Some of the doctors are here [as
special guests] who did the operation and I thought it was the right thing to do. It’s great to be back!”