Manchester United star Phil Jones pays emotional tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson

His former boss remains in intensive care in hospital following emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage.

Fergie signed Jones from Blackburn as a 19-year-old and the central defender has gone onto make 190 appearances for the Reds.

Jones, 26, was also part of the side that were crowned Premier League champions in 2013 – Ferguson's last of the 38 trophies he won with United.

Reported by the BBC, Jones said: "He's taken me under his wing like a father and it was shocking.

"It's sad, but I know his character and I know that he has fight in him,

"He is such a legend in my eyes. He is the one who brought me to the club and gave me that opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"He has got all his family and friends around him, the support from all the players and staff at Manchester United and football around the world.

"When something like that does happen it's nice that the football world comes together and shows support and we are all rooting for him."

Team-mate Juan Mata also took to his personal blog to write a few touching words on the greatest manager in Premier League history.

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He wrote: "I’ve never been coached by him, unfortunately, yet I know well his incomparable legacy on this club, that winning mentality and fighting gen that we must honour in the last three games of the season, especially in the FA Cup final.

"To achieve that, we are going to work hard while we eagerly await good news about Sir Alex’s recovery."

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