Spaniard urges team-mates to make ex-boss proud

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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

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