Revealed: How Aston Villa ace reacted to Manchester United transfer talk
Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn has revealed he ‘had a little chuckle’ after seeing his name linked with Manchester United earlier this summer.
McGinn was reported to be a target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the transfer window with the Old Trafford boss said to be a fan of his all-action displays that have made him a hit at Villa Park.
At one point it was even suggested legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had recommended the Scotland international to his former club.
But McGinn – a bargain buy from Hibernian last year – didn’t read too much into the speculation, remaining focussed on helping Villa make the transition to the Premier League.
Asked about the link by Sky Sports, McGinn quipped: “I had a little chuckle at it to be honest. I’m sure a lot of people did.”
He added: “It is up to me to go and prove it is justified. At that point, my whole mindset was on Villa and being successful here. I have still got so much left to learn and prove.
“In the environment here I am appreciated. I’m loved and respected by everyone – there is no better feeling. I still have to pinch myself driving in.
“I feel like one of the main players here but I still need to improve and get better. To have any speculation lingering about isn’t what you want. I’m just glad to be settled and to focus on the next five years.”
And settled he is, with McGinn having signed a new five-year contract at Villa earlier this week.
The 24-year-old has been one of the side’s most consistent performers since making the move south of the border, being named fans’ and players’ player of the year for his role in the heart of midfield as Dean Smith led the club to promotion in May.