The Red Devils have been linked with the Argentinian playmaker on a number of occasions over the course of the past few years, and are once again thought to be keen on him heading into next month.
Gaitan has been Di Maria’s replacement at Benfica since the now United man left to join Real Madrid, and the pair have played together at international level on a few occasions.
And the Old Trafford hero has been so impressed with the 26-year-old that he’s asked manager Louis van Gaal to push through a move.
Gaitan has a £30m release clause, and Di Maria is convinced that such a figure presents good value for money, particularly with United chasing a host of other high value alternatives.
Liverpool and Tottenham have also been linked with the Benfica ace, as have Monaco and newly rich Spaniards Valencia.