Mourinho: Next step is England
Mourinho has long been touted as a likely successor to Ferguson, but the current Real coach said that for him the "perfect scenario" is that the man he calls 'The Boss' is still at Old Trafford.
Asked about succeeding Ferguson, Mourinho told CNN: "No, the perfect scenario when I go there is to coach, because I think football will lose a lot when he stops and there are not young managers and old managers.
"For me, he's the boss. I call him the boss because he's the boss of the coaches and I hope that when I go back to English football he still manages Man United."
Mourinho refused to contemplate taking over at Manchester City instead. He added: "I don't think about that, especially because I have a four-year contract with Real.
"I signed it and when I signed it, I signed it because I wanted to be in Real Madrid in this period of my career and I don't think in another club.
"I just say openly that for many reasons after this project, the next step will be England for many reasons, but when? I don't know, I don't have an idea and I am so happy to be in this moment as manager of the best club in the world."