United 'very, very positive' about Ferguson, Mourinho says

Manchester City fans hold up a sign reading "Football Aside Get Well Soon Fergie" in reference to former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson after the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Sunday May 6, 2018. Manchester United said Saturday May 5, that former manager Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. (Andy Hampson/PA via AP)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the club is "very, very positive" about the condition of Alex Ferguson, who underwent emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage over the weekend.

United hasn't issued an update on Ferguson's health since saying Saturday that he required "a period of intensive care to optimize his recovery."

Speaking Wednesday ahead of United's Premier League game against West Ham, Mourinho says "his family asked for privacy and that is what I am going to respect. But we are positive. We are very, very positive."

Ferguson spent almost 27 years as manager of United before retiring in 2013 as the most successful coach in British football history. Get well messages and tributes have flooded in from around the world since Saturday.