Bruce talks up McGinn to Man Utd and lights blue touch paper at Villa Park

John McGinn TEAMtalk

John McGinn would not be out of place at Manchester United, according to his former Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce.

Now Newcastle boss, Steve Bruce will come up against McGinn and his old Villa side for the first time on Monday at Villa Park as Newcastle travel to the midlands.

Bruce has revealed how proud he was to get hold of McGinn with Celtic sniffing around the midfielder in the summer of 2018.

The former Hibernian midfielder has proved to be one of the bargain’s of the last few years with paying a little more than £2million and beating Celtic to his signature.

The 25-year-old has adapted superbly to life in the Premier League, with three goals for Aston Villa this season and he was linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer, with talk that United are still keen on him.

“He is that level, yeah,” Bruce told Sky Sports. “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.”

“A club like Villa – we didn’t have £2m, but in the end we got him.

“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.”



Bruce’s comments are sure to spice up Monday’s meeting even more with the former Man Utd midfielder already saying he though he would get more time at Villa Park after being axed in October 2018 after two years in the job.

He’s still understood to be  bitter about his dismissal, but talking about Villa’s best player will not endear his to the Villa fans on the eve of his return to Birmingham.

In June an Alan Nixon exclusive in The Sun claimed that United were preparing to make a bid for McGinn after making background checks on him.

That reportedly prompted Villa to stick a £50m price tag on the energetic midfielder, and just five weeks later McGinn signed a new five-year deal at Villa Park.

When asked about the rumour at the time, McGinn told Sky Sports: “I had a little chuckle at it to be honest, I’m sure a lot of people did. It is up to me to go and prove it is justified.”