Peter Schmeichel believes Jose Mourinho will not take over from Alex Ferguson at Manchester United due to the controversy he attracts.
With Alex Ferguson approaching his 72nd birthday and Mourinho’s position at the Santiago Bernabeu under scrutiny after a disappointing season in La Liga, speculation is mounting that the Portuguese is eyeing a role at Old Trafford in the near future.
However, former United goalkeeper Schmeichel feels Mourinho is not the man to provide stability at United, pointing out his brief tenures at some of Europe’s top clubs.
“(Mourinho) will not be the successor,” Schmeichel told El Mundo.
“I don’t think the club would be happy with everything Mourinho brings with him.
“He’s a great candidate for his qualities as a manager but the club doesn’t want all the things that come with him. Chelsea, Inter (Milan) and now Real Madrid – he doesn’t last more than three years.”
United face Madrid at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie on Wednesday, and Schmeichel is surprised the Spanish side are being touted as favourites by many given their domestic form.
“Almost everyone in the world considers Madrid to be favourites – that’s strange,” he said.
“We (United) should beat them because we’re having a good season.”