Greenhoff tips Mourinho to succeed Sir Alex

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Manchester United will be welcoming the man Brian Greenhoff believes should succeed Sir Alex Ferguson when Real Madrid head to Old Trafford on March 5.

United’s meeting with the Spanish giants is undoubtedly the stand-out tie of the Champions League last 16.

It represents Cristiano Ronaldo’s first meeting with the club where he made his name and sees Jose Mourinho back at the ground where his famous dance following Porto’s triumph in 2004 introduced him to English audiences.

And, with speculation rife Mourinho will leave the Bernabeu this summer even if he delivers the 10th European Cup his club craves, Greenhoff feels United would represent the ideal next stage on his incredible career path.

“United must get someone who has managed a big club,” Greenhoff said. “Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho would be perfect. United is massive. People don’t realise how big it is. But they know what it is like and, given a choice, I would say Mourinho.”

Arsenal face Bayern Munich in the last 16 while Celtic take on Juventus.