Sir Alex Ferguson has Man Utd transfer regret over star Aston Villa performer John McGinn | Football | Sport


Former Aston Villa scout Bobby Jenkins reckons Sir Alex Ferguson will talk Manchester United into making a move for John McGinn.

McGinn played an instrumental role in Villa’s promotion back to the Premier League last season, scoring six goals and providing 10 assists for the Championship Play-Off Final winners.

The Scotland international has once again been at the centre of everything good Villa have done this campaign, in which he’s scored three goals and picked up one assist.

McGinn’s stellar performances last season were said to have caught the eye of Manchester United, who were reportedly contemplating tabling a £50million bid for the 24-year-old.

Jenkins isn’t at all surprised by talk of United being interested in McGinn and believes Ferguson will be keen to see his fellow countryman play at Old Trafford in the future.

“He’s up there with the best-performing midfielders in the division,” he said of McGinn during an interview with The Athletic. “Wait until he’s had a year at that level and then we can say more.

“What I do know is that Sir Alex Ferguson is wondering why Manchester United let a talented Scottish boy slip through.

“He’ll be keeping a close eye on him that’s for sure and if he continues the way he is, you can bet he’ll be telling his pals at United, too.”

Jenkins became aware of McGinn’s talents during the midfielder’s spells at St Mirren and Hibernian and was thoroughly impressed by what he saw of the Scot.

“He wanted to win and knew that he had to work hard to do so,” Jenkins said of McGinn. “He was a typical Scottish boy with the heart of a lion. I noticed that from a young age.

“He was a box-to-box player who could win the ball, fire it up to the striker and support him.

“I felt he could add goals to his game and was dangerous around the edge of the box. He’s showing that now.

“He has a great engine and attitude. Yes, he got a wee bit agitated and would nip in every now and then.

“He picked up some bookings but that’s just his style. He wants to win the ball back and does it so well.

“Villa needed someone like him. They didn’t have any player quite like him. Last season he put himself about in the Championship to show what he was made of and I’m just pleased it’s worked out for him and the club now.”

McGinn and his Aston Villa team-mates will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, travelling to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City.


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