Man Utd legend Sir Alex Ferguson sends class message to NHS workers
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the work of the NHS as the club announced they have teamed up with both the NHS and local charities during the coronavirus crisis.
The Premier League is currently suspended until the end of May at the very earliest with the UK still on lockdown, though players from all 20 clubs have come together to donate £4million to help frontline NHS staff.
United have also done their bit, announcing on Thursday a package of measures to help out including giving gifts to 3,500 NHS staff and putting Old Trafford forward as possible location for a temporary blood donation centre.
Ferguson is no stranger to the hard work and dedication of NHS staff, having suffered a brain haemorrhage two years ago, and he has shared his appreciation of the service.
‘I’m delighted we are now recognising the importance of our NHS – as I experienced two years ago after they saved my life,’ Sir Alex told United’s official website.
‘The response to this pandemic has been magnificent and has made me proud of the way the club and the British people have rallied round to help. Well Done.’
Current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who played under Ferguson for 11 years at Old Trafford – echoed his old manager’s sentiment.
The Norwegian said: ‘The NHS staff and the volunteers fighting the virus are putting themselves at risk to keep everybody safe and doing a truly amazing job.
‘They deserve thanks and praise from everybody for their work and their efforts every single day.’
United have also put a fleet of 16 vehicles on standby to support NHS courier operations in Manchester, as well as donating medical equipment and consumables – including PPE – to Salford Royal and are encouraging all staff to volunteer during the pandemic.
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