John McGinn to Manchester United links are not surprising for Alan Stubbs

John McGinn of Aston Villa scores for Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on March 16, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Manchester United have been linked with a shock move for Aston Villa's play-off here John McGinn in the summer.

John McGinn of Aston Villa celebrates scoring a goal during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London,...

Former Hibs boss Alan Stubbs told the Edinburgh Evening News that he isn't surprised that Manchester United are interested in signing his former player John McGinn.

The Sun reported earlier this week that the Red Devils are preparing a bid for McGinn, as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels he would add the midfield dynamism that has been lacking in his side.

The report reveals that Villa, who signed the Scottish international for £2.75 million last summer, will demand a mammoth £50 million to part ways with him. 


McGinn's stock has certainly been on the up since making the switch to Villa Park last summer. The 24-year-old scored six goals and provided 10 assists in a stellar campaign under Dean Smith, and he capped off the season in style with a goal that brought Villa back into the Premier League.  

The Scotsman's emergence has raised almost everybody's eyebrows, yet his former manager at Hibernian claims he wasn't surprised at all. 

"It’s no surprise. John has gone from strength to strength every time he has stepped up from club to club. His move from St Mirren to Hibs was what he needed and then in going from Hibs to Aston Villa he has really taken his game to another level and that’s all credit to him," Stubbs said.

24th January 2018, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Dundee versus Hibernian; Hibernian's John McGinn and Dundees A-Jay Leitch-Smith

McGinn was on Celtic's radar last summer when they were managed by Brendan Rodgers but Villa beat the competition to lure him into England. Stubbs claimed that McGinn was not the sort of player who would fit in Rodgers' system and the move to Villa was the right decision.

Stubbs continued: "John’s not really a pretty or elegant player. He’s a bit of a rough diamond, a throw-back, the sort of player that’s missing from the game. There are too many of those players who look the part rather than those who play the part."

McGinn is definitely on an upward curve and, if he can manage to continue his good work, he could well end up at a club like Manchester United. Villa, on the other hand, will be desperate to keep hold of him but, if their demands are met, they stand to make a huge profit this summer. 

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs on the touch line during the Scottish League Cup Final between Hibernian FC and Ross County FC at Hampden Park on March 13, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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