Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is reportedly out of a coma and is recovering well from surgery for a brain haemorrhage and has even started communicating verbally.
However as the 76-year-old recovers in hospital, fans were dealt another blow as a sign outside Old Trafford mysteriously vanished.
Ferguson's son Darren - manager of League One side Doncaster Rovers - missed his final game of the season on Saturday to be with his dad.
"It's sad, but I know his character and I know he has that fight in him".
Giggs was one of "Fergie's Fledglings", along with David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt as well as the Neville brothers Gary and Phil, who were in the United team that won numerous trophies under Ferguson, including the 1999 treble. Subsequent reports over the weekend said Ferguson, who retired in 2013, was awake and talking to family and friends following news of his surgery which rocked the football world. You possibly can exclusively hope and pray that all the pieces goes to be okay. But I gather that the operation has been a success.
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Information that Ferguson, one of many sport's biggest ever managers, had been taken sick plunged the world of soccer into shock on Saturday evening.
United's Juan Mata admitted news of Ferguson's condition had a "huge impact" on the current squad.
However during his spell at West Ham, Defoe was linked with a move to Manchester United, but the move never happened after United made a decision to sign Louis Saha from Fulham instead.
Chelsea boss Antonie Conte said: "I have had the possibility to know him and his wife and to understand that this is a special person. He has been a unique and fundamental figure in the football world over the last few decades", he said.
A United source told The Sun: 'Of course he'd love to be at Kiev on May 26 to see his former star player Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid against Liverpool. "When I heard the news yesterday I really couldn't believe this could happen". "I wish him the best". "He means a lot to me, as he does to this club".