The Morocco international is reportedly a target of United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and the 24-year-old has wasted no time in declaring his desire to one day ply his trade under the Old Trafford lights.
"To be linked with Manchester United is a dream come true," he told the Sun.
"They are the biggest club in the world, and to have an opportunity to play at Old Trafford would be amazing, believe me.
"But I have a contract with Udinese, and they have to be happy before I can move."
Benatia joined Udinese from French Second Division side Clermont two years ago and is understood to be valued at around £9.7 million.
His contract with the Serie A outfit runs for another three years.