Former Manchester United target Nicolas Gaitan is putting feelings of rejection aside as he prepares to face his former suitors in the UEFA Champions League tonight.

The 23-year-old Benfica midfielder is believed to have been on the Barclays Premier League champions' radar, but having chosen not to follow up their interest, the Argentinean insists there will be no ill-feeling towards his opponents.

"For me it is an important game, but only that," Gaitan told Portuguese paper O'Jogo. "There are no special feelings or feelings of revenge because people talk about the interest of Manchester United that never came to fruition.

"I support Benfica and play for Benfica and they are the only team I want to play for and I hope to help them win over United."


Sir Alex Ferguson is rumoured to have sent scouts to monitor Gaitan on a regular basis, ever since he joined the Portuguese outfit from Boca Juniors in May 2010.

However, instead of stepping up his interest in the player this summer, the Red Devils boss opted to bring proven Barclays Premier League star Ashley Young to Old Trafford.

Having also added the likes of David De Gea and Phil Jones to their ranks, Manchester United have put together a squad that they feel is capable of challenging on both domestic and European fronts - the latter of which starts in earnest at the Estádio da Luz tonight.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: