The Argentina international is believed to be high on Sir Alex Ferguson’s list of transfer targets after a number of eye-catching displays in the Champions League this season.
The Scottish trainer has made little secret that he is a fan of Gaitan’s qualities, and the former Boca Juniors talent is delighted that his talent has been acknowledged by the 70-year-old manager.
“Ever since the pre-season, it has been said that Manchester United are following me,” Gaitan told Clarin.
“Then, Benfica met United in the Champions League group stage and I did not expect that Ferguson would talk about me before and after the game.
“He said Benfica had good players and named me, which is something that makes me very happy. I did not expect to be praised by a coach like him, we all know what he represents in football.
“I am proud that one of the best clubs in the world want me, but I am only thinking about Benfica.
“If the transfer happens, it has to be good for Benfica and myself.”
Gaitan, who joined Benfica in 2010, has a €45 million release clause attached to his contract, which runs until 2016.