Sir Alex Ferguson had 80 per cent chance of death and feared he’d never be able to speak again after suffering brain haemorrhage in 2018
Sir Alex Ferguson had an 80 per cent chance of death after suffering a brain haemorrhage in May 2018, it has been revealed.
The legendary manager admitted in his upcoming documentary Never Give In, that the brain haemorrhage left him with a 20 per cent chance of survival.
The former Manchester United manager said: “I remember falling and so after that I don’t remember a thing. It was sudden. It stopped. It just stopped. It was no man’s land.”
His doctor added: “So I remember estimating his mortality – at that point in time it was 80 per cent. It was an 80 per cent chance he would not survive.”
The documentary, directed by Ferguson‘s son Jason, premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival on Saturday. However, it won’t be seen at cinemas until May 27 and on Amazon Prime on May 28.
Ferguson also revealed he feared he’d never be able to speak again as he went through a lengthy recovery.
He added: “I lost my voice, just could not get a word out, and that was terrifying – absolutely terrifying.
“And everything was going through my mind: is my memory going to come back? Am I ever going to speak again?”
Born in Govan, Glasgow, Ferguson discusses going ‘off the rails’ as a youngster playing for Rangers and how he became estranged from his dad for two years due to his excessive partying.
Ferguson said: “I started to… how do I put it? I went off the rails a bit. Out on the town an all.
“I started going out Friday nights even, even the night before a game.
“My dad would say, ‘Where are you going?’, I’d say ‘I’m going out dancing’… He said, ‘You can’t go out dancing if you’ve got a game tomorrow.’
“Well I said, ‘I’m on the reserves and it doesn’t mean a lot, you know’, and that’s when we fell out.
“It got to the point when he said, ‘Go your own way! And we’ll see what happens’… and then we didn’t talk to one another for two years between 1961 and 1963 – we didn’t talk.
“And then one night I went out and I got drunk. I ended up in jail. I went to court. I got fined £3. I was a black sheep.
“It’s always been in the back of my head, at that period. I’ve always regretted it.
“With that sort of background and upbringing I had, I surrendered.”