Following successful emergency surgery on a brain haemorrhage, legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to be making good progress.
The news was greeted with great relief and it's hoped that Ferguson will go onto to make a full recovery in the coming days.
"His family asked for privacy and that is what I am going to respect", the current United boss said.
"We hope to see him quickly and we send best wishes to recover very soon".
Asked how Ferguson's condition might affect the display, he said: "I can only think that if there is any relation it is a positive relation".
Carrick, signed by Ferguson from Tottenham in 2006, is retiring at the end of the season to join Mourinho's coaching staff.
'We are confident [he will recover]'.
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However, they recognise it will still be a slow road to full recovery as he continues to be assessed, and his prognosis may not be known for a number of weeks.
"In this case, it's not about me, it's about the club. Sending prayers and love to [wife] Cathy and the whole family".
"I just have good memories of him, he was like a second dad and I was crying when I heard the news".
Bournemouth's Defoe is one of many throughout the football world thinking of the Scot; of how Manchester United's players spoke so highly of him and of how he once came so close to joining them.
Players at United pledged to win the FA Cup for Sir Alex as well-wishers from across the sport continued to offer their support.
Ferguson was last seen on the Old Trafford pitch on April 29 paying tribute to long-time managerial adversary Arsene Wenger.