MATA: LET’S DO IT FOR SIR ALEX
Spaniard urges team-mates to make ex-boss proud
JUAN Mata has called on his team-mates to honour the ‘winning mentality’ and ‘fight’ of Sir Alex Ferguson in their final three games of the season.
The 76-year-old underwent emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage on Saturday.
In a club statement, United confirmed that ‘the procedure has gone very well’ but Sir Alex ‘needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery’.
A number of current United players have been sending messages of support to Sir Alex on social media, including Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and David de Gea – who all won tro- phies under him. And, writing in his weekly blog, Mata has his sights set on doing Sir Alex proud ahead of the FA Cup final on May 19.
“All of us were overwhelmed by the news about Sir Alex Ferguson’s health condition. This circumstance has had a huge impact on Manchester United, as you can imagine,” he wrote.
“All of us are united right now, wishing Sir Alex a speedy recovery. He has been a unique and fundamental figure in the football world over the last few decades.
“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.”
United play West Ham on Thursday before the final league game of the season against Watford on Sunday.
Six days later, they face Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery