Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger took a moment in his final home game of a glittering Gunners career to wish old adversary Sir Alex Ferguson a speedy recovery.
Just 24 hours earlier, the football world was left rocked by the news the former Manchester United manager had been rushed to hospital to undergo emergency brain surgery.
Ferguson’s most recent public appearance came last week at Old Trafford when he made a presentation to Wenger ahead of the Frenchman’s final tussle with Manchester United.
On Sunday, after his side thumped Burnley 5-0 in front of a packed house at a rocking Emirates Stadium, the first thing Wenger did in his farewell speech was deliver a classy message of respect to his old foe.
“Before I start I just want to say that at Arsenal we care and I would like to wish my fellow manager Ferguson well, very quickly,” he said.
Arsène Wenger is the classiest man you’ll ever see. Wishes Fergie well first up in his speech.
— Anirudh Eswaran (@_TheSportsGeek) May 6, 2018
A day after Ferguson underwent emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage, Manchester United tweeted: “Please. Be strong. Win this one.”
The online post, which provided no update on the 76-year-old Ferguson’s condition, came 21 hours after United announced that Ferguson required “a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery.”
Social media continues to be awash with tributes and get-well messages for Ferguson, who spent almost 27 years in charge before retiring in 2013 as the most successful manager in British football history.
"Please. Be strong. Win this one."
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 6, 2018
He decides the time, as simply as that pic.twitter.com/hS1xGphgiY
— Fantasista (@Aarsheya7) May 6, 2018
Even fiercest rivals Manchester City put aside their differences with touching messages of support for the 76-year-old Scot.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola even took time out before receiving the trophy Sir Alex had won 13 times, to offer his well-wishes.
“A big hug and our thoughts are with his wife, Cathy, and the Manchester United family,” Guardiola said. “I was glad to have dinner with him two weeks ago, and hopefully he can recover as quickly as possible.”
Huddersfield boss David Wagner said after his side’s goalless draw with Manchester City: “I only got the message yesterday very late.
“I’m very sorry for him and his family and I wish him all the best that he recovers as quick as he can. It was a shock, for sure, when I heard it. All my thoughts are with him and his family.”