The Argentine – who may well miss the World Cup Final through injury – has emerged as one of the Red Devils’ top transfer targets ahead of the new season amid talk that Los Blancos are ready to sell.
Louis van Gaal is keen to further boost his attacking ranks after snapping up the creative Ander Herrera, and sees di Maria as a top class addition.
A fee is yet to be settled with Real, but reports indicate that the Premier League giants have been successful in attracting the 26-year-old, despite having missed out on Champions League qualification.
Di Maria is also wanted by PSG and Monaco, but the lure of English football may be more appealing to him.
The European champions want around £40m for their attacking star, which is a fee United can stump up despite having already spent £60m this summer.
The player himself will be free to make concrete plans regarding his future next week when he returns from World Cup duty.