The beleaguered United manager is looking to strengthen his midfield options this summer, despite bringing Marouane Fellaini to the club last summer. A number of names have been linked with the club, but Tottenham youngster Bentaleb is a new name in the frame.
The 19-year-old broke into the Spurs side when Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as manager at White Hart Lane and replaced by Tim Sherwood, who had coached the French-born Algerian international during his work with the youth and reserves.
Since then, Bentaleb has featured heavily, impressing on occasion but he has recently come in for criticism as Sherwood seems unwilling to drop him, regardless of how poorly he plays.
Yet speculation today suggests that United will look to swoop for Bentaleb in the summer, with an offer in excess of £10m likely to tempt Spurs into selling their prodigy.
However, with Spurs looking to break back into the top four sooner rather than later, selling one of their most promising players to a top four rival would be counter-productive, weakening themselves and strengthening a rival in the process of allowing a potential star to leave the club.
Additionally, £10m is a lot of money for a player who has made just 12 first team starts. United need to be successful in the transfer market this summer after two failed windows, and splashing out for a player who may not contribute right away will not go down well with the United fan base.
Add in that youngster Nick Powell will be returning to the club this summer upon the expiration of his Wigan Athletic loan deal, and that Bentaleb is already under pressure at Spurs, and this one looks like a no-go - for both sides.