The Red Devils snapped up the Argentine in a British record deal worth close to £60m over the summer, after it became apparent that Los Blancos no longer wanted the World Cup ace.
And now it appears that Real have swayed on that stance with Carlo Ancelotti’s side missing the impact of Di Maria, who was La Liga’s top assist maker last term.
The Italian was frustrated with Bale’s impact when he came on against Liverpool, with the Welshman effectively turning his desired 4-4-2, with Cristiano Ronaldo up front alongside Karim Benzema – into a 4-3-3 thanks to his attacking instincts.
As a result he is keen to use the world’s most expensive player as a key part of a deal to bring Di Maria back to the Bernabeu.
United are understood to be interested in Bale, with reports in recent weeks having suggested that a £90m end of season move is on their agenda.
It’s likely that a player plus cash deal will be requested of Old Trafford chiefs, with Real keen to bridge the financial gap between the valuation of their man and Di Maria’s £60m price tag.