Michael Carrick was "devastated" when he heard former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had an emergency surgery after a brain haemorrhage.
The Red Devils confirmed in a club statement on Saturday that the operation had gone ‘very well’ but also confirmed that the former Red Devils boss is in the early stage of rehabilitation.
However, Carrick who was signed by Ferguson back in 2006 told MUTV: "I was devastated. I got a text on Saturday evening and I couldn't quite believe it. It didn't really sink in. I was just devastated.
"It's one of them where you start hearing different things which is quite dangerous and quite disturbing. I just stayed calm and spoke to a few people at the club to get a bit of a rundown on how he was doing.
"The whole world showed their support and I was just concerned about him, as an ex-manager and a friend - as he was to everyone. It was the effect he had on everyone. He means a lot to me, as he does to this club.
"It was a tough night on Saturday and we were waiting for some positive news. We were all praying for him and thinking of him, [Ferguson's wife] Cathy and the family. It's a tough time for everyone but I'm thinking positive and hoping he will pull through."