have renewed optimism they can beat rivals Manchester City
to the signing of Harry Maguire.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the 26-year-old Leicester
City defender to become the new leader of his revamped side and United will back him with a lucrative contract offer.
Talks are ongoing between clubs with Leicester's £85million valuation the obvious hurdle as United look to strike a compromise closer to £75m.
Maguire had initially intimated he would prefer a move to City but they are reluctant to bid that high so giving United incentive to conclude a deal.
Leicester are aware the lure of a move to Old Trafford could be tempting and have been identifying options to replace Maguire with Burnley's £40m-rated James Tarkowski among them.
United, who have six centre backs in their current first team squad, are understood to have proposed players in return but Leicester would prefer a straight cash deal.
United are also expected to hold talks in London with Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio on Thursday regarding a proposed deal for Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian striker underlined his desire to leave during a meeting with Solskjaer at United's hotel in Perth on Monday but Inter have so far failed to meet United's £75m valuation.
Solskjaer and his squad were in high spirits on Wednesday though as they visited Nobu restaurant in Perth to celebrate Ashley Young's 34th birthday.