Manchester United are no longer interested in Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn – a signing that Sir Alex Ferguson was once personally keen on – because the player has struggled to kick on since recovering from a serious injury, according to reports. The Scotland international was excellent throughout his debut Premier League season, before fracturing his ankle in December 2019.
McGinn was beginning to attract admirers having made the step up from the Championship with ease.
He scored on his top-flight debut in the 3-1 defeat at Tottenham on the opening day of the 2019/20 season, which later ended behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The three-month break between March and June enabled McGinn to make his comeback after Project Restart as Aston Villa beat the drop on the final day of the season.
In October 2019, legendary Scot Bobby Jenks, the figure who recommended McGinn to Villa during his time at Hibernian, claimed that Ferguson wanted United to sign the all-action midfielder.
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The 26-year-old then picked up his injury and now it appears United have cooled their interest entirely.
Football Insider report that United chiefs are no longer convinced by the Glaswegian and feel that the player has hit a barrier.
It’s claimed that the Red Devils are of the belief that McGinn is “nowhere near the level he was” before picking up the problem.
United are already stacked in central midfielder and it looks like they’re preparing to add another to their squad next season.
Paul Pogba could still move on, despite a remarkable revival in the past few months but McGinn is not one of the options under consideration.
Dean Smith has already previously made it clear that Aston Villa will be telling other clubs where to go if they try to sign McGinn.
“The big clubs can come calling but they’ll get a short, swift reply. He’s a player we want here at Aston Villa,” he said over a year ago.
“His value shot up from the moment he stepped out onto the Villa Park pitch and showed just what a player he is. He has an unbelievable energy level and a big, big heart, but people don’t see the technical side of it as well – he’s got that in abundance.”