The Sunday Mirror says United want Guardiola to succeed Ferguson.
United have asked the 41-year-old Spaniard to keep them informed of his future intentions following his Âdecision to quit Barcelona.
Chelsea have led the chase for Guardiola and owner Roman ÂAbramovich wants him to oversee the next stage in their rebuilding.
But Guardiolaâ€™s also receptive to the idea of Âfollowing in Fergieâ€™s Âfootsteps at Old Trafford.
And there have been Âsuggestions that Ferguson could finally call time on his glorious career at the end of next season.