Sir Alex Ferguson is awake and talking days after undergoing emergency surgery.
The Evening Express understands the former Aberdeen boss and Manchester United legend was awake as of 2pm on Sunday.
The 76-year-old underwent emergency surgery at the weekend following a brain haemorrhage and remains in intensive care.
News of Sir Alex being admitted to hospital shocked the footballing world and current Dons manager Derek McInnes today told how the two-time UEFA Champions League winner is still trying to get the best for the Dons – 31 years after he left.
Sir Alex famously led the Dons to dominance in Scotland in the 1980s and also European Cup Winners’ Cup glory against Real Madrid 35 years ago on Friday.
McInnes, 46, revealed Sir Alex was at Pittodrie recently and took a keen interest in the £50 million stadium and training facility scheduled for Kingsford.
He said: “It was a real shock when I heard the news.
“Everyone at the club are all saying our prayers and wish him and his family all the best that he can pull through.
“During my time at Aberdeen I have got to know Sir Alex.
“Any time you spend in Sir Alex’s company is always valuable.
“Whether that is me going down to Old Trafford to see him or Sir Alex coming here.
“He was in here (Pittodrie) a few weeks ago and we had breakfast together.
“He took a keen interest in the stadium plans.
“Sir Alex had little suggestions for us on the practicality side of it and was as sharp as a tack as he always is. It was clear he was really keen to help on that side of things.”
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex remains in a serious condition in hospital having undergone emergency surgery for a bleed on the brain.
Recognised as one of the greatest managers ever in world football, Sir Alex led Aberdeen to three league titles, four Scottish Cups, the League Cup and two European trophies.
McInnes said: “When you get to know Sir Alex and look at his career in depth, at his determination and strength, you put him on such a high pedestal you think he is indestructible. It was shown that he is human and he has a battle to fight. That strength of character will be important at this time.
“If anyone is going to do it Sir Alex will pull through.”