Manchester United's priority during the summer transfer window was the acquisition of a creative midfielder. They failed, of course, and a notable reinforcement in this position will once again take precedence in January.
Along with this, however, reports suggest that David Moyes will move to clinch the signature of a defensive target that has been linked with the club even previous to his time at the helm.
The Benfica defender himself claims he was close to securing an £18 million move to Old Trafford at the end of last season only for the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson to scupper the proposed transfer.
Moyes, however, would now appear ready to follow the lead of his predecessor and make an approach of his own for the Argentina international, although Benfica hope to retain the services of Garay beyond the winter transfer period.
Although midfield remains the area of most concern for Moyes, the Manchester United manager is reported to be keen to recruit long-term successors to Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, despite already having Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones among his number.
Along with Garay, Manchester United have also been linked with Cristian Zapata of AC Milan and Porto's Eliaquim Mangala.