Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will fly to New York on Saturday, and could reportedly meet with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola while he is in the Big Apple.

Guardiola has been heavily linked with Manchester United ever since his departure from Barcelona in the summer, and the Catalan is currently residing in New York with his family on a one-year sabbatical.

According to The Mirror, Ferguson will head Stateside following Manchester United's weekend encounter with Sunderland, and he and Guardiola could convene for the second time this year.

Ferguson and Guardiola last crossed paths during a visit to New York by the Manchester United boss in September, although this was described by Old Trafford chiefs as nothing more than a 'chance meeting'.

Manchester United say there are no formal plans for Ferguson and Guardiola to rendezvous again this time around but, claims The Mirror, they pair are likely to find time to meet.

Ferguson is expected to stay with son Mark while in New York, with the apartment merely a few blocks from the home Guardiola has overlooking Central Park.

Should Ferguson and Guardiola have the opportunity to talk before the latter flies back to Spain for the festive period, it will only fuel speculation that the Barcelona legend is destined to replace the former at Old Trafford.

Guardiola, 41, has also been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City, and appears set to take his next job in the Premier League.

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