Sir Alex Ferguson’s recovery from a brain haemorrhage will be shown in a new documentary about his career.
The legendary former Manchester United manager fell ill in May 2018 and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Ferguson required emergency treatment and spent a number of days in intensive care. It sent everyone connected with Manchester United a major fright and his road to recovery has been an incredible one.
Prior to the lockdown, Ferguson was still spotted attending games and visiting Carrington training ground.
The great man managed United between 1986 and 2013 — winning 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League triumphs. His most iconic season was winning the Treble in 1998-99.
Ferguson’s son Jason has directed the movie — after spending more than 50 hours recording footage with his dad, who is missed on the touchlines at Old Trafford. It was his decision to include the recovery in the documentary, which also looks at his father’s extraordinary career in football.
The film’s producer, John Battsek, told Screen Daily: “It’s Sir Alex’s story from growing up in Govan, Glasgow, his career as a footballer and as a manager to his battle recovering from the brain haemorrhage.”
Working with Fergie on a documentary wouldn’t be easy. Just ask any journalist who frequented his press conferences and media briefings, so when the idea came to do a movie they wanted his son to direct it given their mutual trust and bond.
“Jason had already recorded 50 hours of audio with his dad and his father trusted him, really trusted him. He had done a phenomenal job.”
The film will feature interviews with a number of the stars Ferguson worked with at Manchester United, including Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona.