Manchester United are sounding out Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola as they plan for life without Sir Alex Ferguson within the next couple of years.
Ferguson said in May 2008 that he cannot see himself managing Manchester United by his 70th birthday which is just under two years away.
According to the News of the World, Barcelona boss Guardiola may be asked to take on a coaching role at Old Trafford next season as he is groomed for the manager's job at United.
Guardiola's contract at the Nou Camp ends in June and it is thought that he will wait for the results of Barcelona's presidential elections to decide on his future.
Guardiola's agent Jose Maria Orobigt said, "A club has contacted me but there have been no discussions over money or the sporting project. Anything like that is up to Pep."
Guardiola had a stunning first season as Barclona coach, winning an unprecedented 'treble' of domestic league and cup and the Champions League. His side were impressive in beating Manchester United in last year's final in Rome and United fans would likely welcome Guardiola's brand of attractive attacking football.