The great Dane told the Daily Star Sunday: â€śI hope Sir Alex stays for a good few years because I donâ€™t think the club is prepared for him to leave. They still need him.
â€śOver the next two years United must put a plan in force to replace him in some kind of way.
â€śAnd they need to make sure whoever comes in is prepared for the job.
â€śTherefore, as long as he can carry on, please let him do so.â€ť
Schmeichel is equally concerned that candidates in the frame to follow in the Scotâ€™s glory-filled footsteps will stand no chance unless they get to know the ropes beforehand.
He warned: â€śI keep seeing all these names thrown into the hat but I canâ€™t see any of them at the club.
â€śUnited is such a special place and they will be replacing someone who has been at Old Trafford for a whole generation.â€ť