Sir Alex wants Man United to sign £50m-rated Scottish midfielder: Is the move feasible?

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson wants his old club to sign Aston Villa star John McGinn, as per reports.

Ferguson still has a say at the Manchester-based outfit and The Sun have claimed that he is pushing hard for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to secure the services of McGinn.

Manchester United finished sixth in the Premier League last season and were six points adrift of the top-four and it goes without saying they need to bolster their arsenal.

Although the Red Devils have successfully lured right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and left-winger Daniel James into their ranks, they do need a central midfielder.

Fred, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are their only senior central midfielders and in all honesty, it will make a lot of sense if they rope McGinn to the Old Trafford.

The meteoric rise of McGinn

Having emerged through the youth ranks of Scottish outfit St Mirren, McGinn went on to represent their senior side before switching to fellow Scottish side Hibernian in 2015.

The all-action midfielder went on to carve his name as one of the finest outputs of Scottish football setup and was signed by Aston Villa last summer.

McGinn played an instrumental role in Aston Villa’s promotion from the Championship last season with his dazzling and consistent performances.

The Scottish international plundered 7 goals and also bagged 9 assists in 43 appearances in the English second division and is a prized asset on the books of the Villans.

His defensive statistics were also impressive as he made 2.1 tackles per game on an average, which is why the Midlands-based side have slapped a price tag of £50million on his collar.

What could he add to the United set-up and what is the feasibility of deal?

The 24-year-old will not only improve the quality of the squad Solskjaer has at his disposal but will also inject competition for a place in the starting lineup.

Quick and agile, McGinn is renowned for his dribbling skills and despite the fact that he prefers to operate as a central midfielder, he can operate from the left-wing if required.

Apart from his versatility, he is also a clever reader of the game and is quite aggressive. He links up well with his teammates with his passes and vision and also cushions the backline meticulously.

He has the tendency to score goals and to create chances and showcases the energy required to press the opposition, which is why he will fit well in Solskjaer’s system.

And while he certainly has the talent to flourish at a club like United, there is very little chance of Aston Villa agreeing to sell such a prized asset, especially given the ambition shown by them in the summer window. Ole has his transfer list and Ed Woodward has been hard at work trying to tick off as many names as possible and they are unlikely to launch such a move this late in the window.

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