The Daily Mail says Beckham will be invited to become a global ambassador for Manchester United when he retires from playing.
Senior Old Trafford officials see the 32-year-old former England captain as an eventual successor to Sir Bobby Charlton, who was 70 in October.
United see their ambassadors as an important part of their worldwide marketing initiatives and also want Ryan Giggs to perform such a role when his playing career ends.
Beckham has no desire to be a manager and his enduring passion for United, even after leaving the club for Real Madrid amid acrimonious circumstances in 2003, has been noted.
As the world's most famous footballer, United recognise his value and even Sir Alex Ferguson would not be expected to oppose any such appointment.