The Portuguese has developed an intense rivalry with the Etihad gaffer since the two faced off in Spain with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
Despite another summer of hefty investment his team are eight points adrift of Guardiola’s Premier League leaders after 11 games.
Mourinho has openly flirted with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, who will be in the market for a new manager if they sack Unai Emery.
And the latest reports suggest United chiefs are seriously worried Mourinho is planning to jump ship for a move to the French capital.
The Sun claim United directors had originally believed the former Chelsea boss was merely agitating for a significant bump on his £15m-a-year salary.
But they apparently now fear they are poised to lose Mourinho at the end of the season because United aren’t in a position to go toe-to-toe with City, now or in the future.
Mourinho is said to be demanding United spend heavily and they potentially only have January to buy the players that can put them on City’s level.
Mourinho may fancy his chances of becoming the first manager to win the Champions League with three different clubs if he heads to PSG.
PSG added megamoney superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to their talent-rich squad during the last transfer window.
And their Qatari owners have the cash reserves to keep on spending as they look to secure glory in Europe’s elite club competition.
The Sun indicate Chelsea supremo Antonio Conte is also likely to be in the mix for the PSG job with his own future uncertain.
France national team manager Didier Deschamps talked up the chances of Mourinho moving to the Parc des Princes today.
“PSG is the most stand-out team in France, they are doing well nationally and in the Champions League,” he said.
“He (Mourinho) is pretty happy at Man United at the moment – but why not? He’s a bit of a globe-trotter and he hasn’t been to France yet.”
Published at Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:33:45 +0000