The former Barcelona coach, who is on a year’s sabbatical in New York, fancies moving in at Old Trafford when Alex Ferguson retires.
That could be at the end of this season.
If not, Guardiola would be prepared to hold out for another year.
Fergie and Guardiola are close friends and have met privately in New York.
“Right now I’d be astonished if he went to Chelsea. He really wants to wait for the United job even if it means extending his time out of the game.”