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John McGinn to Man Utd transfer rumours are no surprise to his former Hibbs coach

By Steve Jennings

Published: 18:15, 3 July 2019

Speculation linking Aston Villa star John McGinn with a £50m move to Manchester United is “no surprise”, according to the midfielder’s former manager Alan Stubbs.

McGinn played under Stubbs at Hibernian before leaving the Scottish club for Aston Villa in the summer of 2018.

McGinn to Man United? Five key things to know…

  • McGinn achieved promotion to the Premier League in his first year with Aston Villa.
  • The 24-year-old scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the play-off final against Derby County.
  • Reports claim Manchester United are set to make a surprise move for McGinn in the current transfer window.
  • But it is believed Villa will demand £50m for the Scotland international.
  • McGinn scored seven goals across all competitions for his club in 2018/19.

Having impressed for six seasons in Scotland with St Mirren and Hibs, McGinn made a £2.75m move to Villa a year ago.

Such was his impact in the Championship, the Scot is now said to be a £50m target for Manchester United, and Stubbs insists the rumours are not surprising.

“It’s no surprise,” Stubbs said. “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.”

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Manchester United have already signed a player from the English second division this summer, bringing in Welsh winger Daniel James from Swansea City.

They have also spent £50m on England hopeful Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a fee they may have to part ways with again if they are to get McGinn.

Stubbs added: “To be honest, the figure is irrelevant, it’s only what someone is prepared to pay for a player.

“But what you can say is that John’s very much on an upward curve.”

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