Manchester United would reportedly love to have John McGinn spearheading their problematic midfield, but rather than overpaying, United’s scouts must find their own version of the Aston Villa man.
So far upon Villa’s return to the top flight, McGinn has three goals and one assist in 8 games. The Scottish international has comfortably made the transition from the Championship to the Premier League.
In the 2018/19 Championship season, McGinn was directly involved in 17 goals, with 11 goals and six assists in 43 appearances, he scored the winner in the play-off final.
He brings aggression and control to the Villans midfield, but he also has the capabilities to drive the team forward with lung busting runs, he never seems to tire. United on the other hand, look ponderous and laboured.
The 24-year-old isn’t afraid to back his ability to score from long-range and has a knack for arriving late into the box, something United have lacked since a certain Paul Scholes hung up his boots.
With Scott McTominay flourishing, the addition of McGinn would give United’s central midfield an energetic Scottish flavour, which would be welcomed by Sir Alex Ferguson. United’s previous legendary manager has reportedly called on the club’s hierarchy to splash the cash on McGinn.
However, with the Villa star signing a new five-year contract in August, and being one of the stars of the new campaign, United may have to pay upwards of £50m to convince Villa to part ways with their prized asset, The Sun reported.
What can United learn?
Since Fergie retired, United have splashed out a ridiculous amount of money on players that didn’t suit the team and hadn’t been on the club’s radar. We have lacked a transfer strategy, and panic bought at times.
Villa signed McGinn from Hibernian for £2.75m in August last year, his performances have shown that there are still bargains to be had, you’ve just got to be willing to go and find them.
United maybe in the rebuild process, but instead of rushing ahead with big money ego signings, Solskjaer seems eager to break away from that and build a young talented team.
Instead of splashing a ridiculous sum on McGinn in January, Solskjaer should be placing his faith in the club’s scouting system to find a midfielder who has the same traits as McGinn for a fraction of his value right now. The challenge for United would be to sign a player who can evolve like McGinn for a similar price Villa paid.
The problem is for Solskjaer there is so much pressure to get United back to the very top as quickly as possible, if McGinn continues to impress, his hand may be forced.
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