You're in our thoughts, Sir Alex Ferguson
Every single one of us loves Alex Ferguson.
Never have those words been more fitting than in the wake of the dreadful news that he is in hospital recovering from brain surgery. It is surely true of every United supporter, all of us whom have had our lives so greatly enriched by the drama, success and absolute theatre he brought to the club.
Sir Alex will know the impact he has made is treasured; after all, he has a stand and street named after him near the ground in addition to an imposing statue. He was virtually omnipresent at Manchester United during his tenure, something I learned when joining the club. His influence stretched to every element of this club and you could even just sense when he was in the building at the Aon Training Complex.
Although you could count the number of scheduled interviews I've had with him on one hand, he has always acknowledged me since at games – after such highs as victories in the FA Cup final and lows as the Champions League defeat in Wolfsburg. Just a smile, a nod or a wink but the personal touch that made me feel 10 feet tall. This is the capacity he has to make everybody feel special and part of this wonderful club. In it together.
The last time we saw him was to make the presentation of a vase to Arsene Wenger before kick-off in the Arsenal match and his warmth towards his one-time adversary was genuine and touching. It must have struck a chord with those who watched every kick of those great battles and appreciates it was football at its very best. Passionate, emotional and a burning desire to win at all costs. A sentence that could be used to describe Sir Alex's character.
Our thoughts are with him and his family because, as we chant and will probably forever declare, every single one of us loves Alex Ferguson.