Former Manchester United star Peter Schmeichel has declared himself a 'very, very big fan' of Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, but admits he struggles to envisage the former Chelsea boss replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
Mourinho claims he intends to return to the Premier League at some point in the future, and the Portuguese has been touted as a potential successor to Ferguson when the Scot eventual decides to remove himself from the spotlight.
Ferguson, however, shows no clear signs of tiring just yet, so Mourinho may have to wait to land the Manchester United job, and could return to England this summer by joining Chelsea, with Rafael Benitez's interim tenure set to come to an end.
Schmeichel, meanwhile, expects Chelsea to be contenders for the Premier League title next season should Mourinho leave the Santiago Bernabeu for Stamford Bridge, but he thinks a move to Manchester United would be out of the question for the Portuguese.
"All of the other clubs are going to re-group and they will cut into that gap next year for sure," Schmeichel, who won five league titles with United, told Sky Sports.
"Chelsea are definitely going to bounce back although we don't know what is going to happen there. Jose Mourinho could come back - there are strong, strong rumours about him being the Chelsea manager next season.
"I'm a very, very big fan of Mourinho. I think we need him back because he gives something to the Premier League but I can't see him at Manchester United."