Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes that FC Nordsjælland defender Jores Okore could be a future star of the game and has even mentioned him to his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 20-year-old came through the youth academy at the Danish club and went on to become a regular starter last season as Nordsjælland won the Danish Superliga for the first time in the clubs history.

Jores Okore
Okore made his Champions League debut against Shakhtar Donetsk [Reuters]

His performances caught the eye of Denmark boss Morten Olson and he was handed his debut against Sweden, before being selected as a member of the Euro 2012 squad over the summer.

Born in the Ivory Coast, Okore moved with his family to Denmark at the age of three and, along with Christian Eriksen, is viewed as one of the most exciting young talents to come out of the country.

Manchester United legend Schmeichel certainly believes that Okore had a bright future and has admitted that he has spoken to Ferguson about the defender.

"I've already mentioned him to Sir Alex, of course," Schmeichel revealed on Sky Sports. "I think everybody who's watched him play, who has contacts in various clubs around has just kept an eye on this fellow, because he is something."

The 48-year-old was working as a pundit on Sky Sports and was asked to give his opinion on the defender after watching him in action against Chelsea in the Champions League.

The reigning champions ran out comfortable 4-0 winners, thanks to three late goals, but Schmeichel had nothing but positive comments for the performance of Okore.

"We've always known he was quick, we've always known the strength. He's good in the air, we've never seen him on this stage before at this level, and the way he played today was a big surprise for me, that he could actually pass the ball as he did and take part in open play."

Manchester United do have problems in defence with injuries playing a major part, but Ferguson was openly critical after once again conceding first against CFR Cluj in European action.

Ferguson said: "Losing that goal the way we did is a shocker. An absolute shocker."