Rio Ferdinand believes John McGinn is good enough to play for Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand believes Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn is ‘good enough’ to play for Manchester United.

With several Manchester United players facing uncertain futures, improving the midfield area is viewed as a priority heading into the summer.

And according to the Telegraph, McGinn has emerged as one of the options under consideration by the Reds.

In the latest FIVE podcast, Ferdinand was asked whether he would be happy if Manchester United signed both McGinn and Declan Rice.

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The former Manchester United centre-back responded: “Yeah massively. I think you’re getting two characters. I think character is one of the main elements that we need – obviously you look for a certain amount of class and quality in the players.

“But I think you need to build the right characters within this squad going forward if you’re going to improve – get the culture right at the football club and you need players to drive that, so if you’re buying and are in the recruitment team this year I think that’s a big element that needs to be addressed.

“I think some would say ‘oh John McGinn he’s not a sexy enough signing’, but I think he’s a very good player and by all accounts a very good lad – great professional, not afraid to say what he wants to say to people to get the best out of them.

“He’d be good in that element and on the pitch I think he would be good enough. Is he going to elevate us to being Champions League and Premier League winners ‘probably not’ based on just ability, but I think character stands for a lot in this game.”

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United are likely to lose Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata all on free transfers come the end of the season.

While Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic could also be moved on in the summer transfer window.

That would leave the Red Devils with Scott McTominay and Fred as our two remaining senior midfield options.

McGinn is admired by his compatriot Darren Fletcher, who took up the role of technical director at Old Trafford in March last year.

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The Scotland international would add some much-needed grit and bite to our midfield and he isn’t a big ego that would disturb the dressing room.

He isn’t the swashbuckling signing that some Manchester United fans will crave but as last summer showed that doesn’t automatically guarantee success.

McGinn was already on United’s radar, but Ferdinand’s endorsement and seal of approval could see him move up the pecking order for summer transfer targets.

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