Manchester United are reluctant to open talks with Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola as they believe he is set for arch rivals Manchester City, report the Daily Express.
The 44-year old boss is widely considered to be one of the best in world football after his tenure at Barcelona, as well as his time with the Bundesliga giants.
After leading the Bavarians to league and cup titles in each of his last two seasons, and all but certain to do so again this year, the Spaniard is understood to be considering his position at the Allianz Arena.
With his contract due to expire at the end of his campaign, there have been widespread reports that he is primed to take over at Manchester City next season.
As the Red Devils plot to find a successor to Louis van Gaal, senior officials at the club are thought to be wary of approaching the coach who has twice lifted the Champions League with the Blaugrana.
Despite question marks over van Gaal’s position at Old Trafford after he watched his side dumped out of the Champions League by Wolfsburg, it is said that movers and shakers at the club know any enquiry is likely to prove fruitless.
Reports suggest they believe he has already agreed to take over at the Etihad and are now focusing on finding an heir to the Dutchman’s role when his contract expires in 2017.