McGinn good enough for United – Bruce

Manchester United

Former Manchester United skipper Steve Bruce believes Aston Villa and Scotland star John McGinn is good enough to play for the Red Devils.

Newcastle United boss Bruce was at the helm at Villa when they signed McGinn for just £2million back in 2018.

Beating Celtic to McGinn’s signature last year was arguably Bruce’s biggest lasting achievement at Villa Park and the pair will meet for the first time in the Premier League on Monday night.

The former Hibernian midfielder was a bargain at little more than £2million and for some time he has been linked with a considerably pricier switch to United.

As a decorated Red Devils skipper in his own playing days, Bruce knows what it takes to succeed at Old Trafford and is confident McGinn has the calibre.

“He is that level, yeah,” said Bruce. “From what he has done in 12 months, he can only improve. He scored twice again for Scotland the other night, so that’s six in three games for them.”

He added: “How we got him out of Celtic I don’t know because his grandfather was the chairman. It took a couple of games of golf at the Belfry with his dad until we could muster the money together.

“I am delighted for the kid because he is a smashing lad. He has to be one of my best ever signings because he has a determination to do well. I wish I could find a few more like him that’s for sure.”

United could be tempted to make a move for McGinn come the January transfer window, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to bolster his squad.

Having impressed at Villa Park, and more recently on the international stage with Scotland, the 25-year-old would not command a much higher fee than the one Hibs received in 2018.