The legendary manager received treatment for a brain haemorrhage at the weekend, and Mata believes an FA Cup win would be a fitting tribute.

Manchester United have to win the FA Cup in honour of the club’s former manager Alex Ferguson, who is in hospital after undergoing emergency surgery, Juan Mata has said.

United confirmed on Saturday the 76-year-old is recovering from a brain haemorrhage after a procedure that went “very well”, with no further medical updates released since.

Messages of support for Ferguson and his family have been sent from around the world of football, with the Scot considered one of the greatest managers in the history of the sport.

And Mata says United, who face Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 19, must fight to win the competition for Ferguson.

“This Saturday, all of us were overwhelmed by the news about Sir Alex Ferguson’s health condition,” Mata wrote in his weekly blog on the United website.