Former Chelsea No.2 expects Mourinho to join Manchester United

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Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins does not envisage Jose Mourinho leaving Real Madrid for Stamford Bridge this summer, but expects the Portuguese to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

Wilkins also urges Chelsea to focus their attention on recruiting former Blues favourite Gus Poyet, currently manager with Brighton, to replace Rafael Benitez when the Spaniard's interim tenure finishes at the end of the season.

Mourinho, if reports are believed, is set to leave Real Madrid at the end of the campaign, seemingly opening the door to a Chelsea return, almost six years after he left the club unexpectedly following a row with Roman Abramovich.

The 50-year-old is odds on favourite with the bookmakers to become the next permanent manager of Chelsea, but Wilkins sees Manchester United as the most likely destination for the former Inter Milan boss.

Wilkins, a former No.2 to Carlo Ancelotti during his time with Chelsea, believes that, with Mourinho off to Old Trafford, the Blues should look to bring in a hungry young manager, and has outlined Poyet as the ideal candidate for the soon to be vacant position.

"I think Jose will be the next manager of Manchester United, so I would give the Chelsea job to someone like Gus Poyet," Wilkins told talkSPORT. "He has served his apprenticeship at Swindon and Leeds and has Brighton playing some wonderful football.

"Knowing the way they employ managers at Chelsea, I would expect them to go for a foreign manager. Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga, Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid? Both could be interesting.

"Gianfranco Zola has been mentioned, but I'm not sure whether it would be a little soon for Franco, so I would look at Poyet. He loves the club to pieces, plays in the right manner and would be a good choice."

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