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Steve Bruce: 'John McGinn good enough to play for Manchester United'

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The Aston Villa midfielder has been tipped for the top by his former boss.
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Newcastle boss Steve Bruce rates John McGinn's signing as one of the best pieces of business he has done as a manager and believes the Scot would not be out of place at Manchester United.

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 Manchester 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."

Recalling the tussle to get hold of McGinn 18 months ago, Bruce added: "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."

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool16151040142646
2Leicester CityLeicester16122239102938
3Manchester CityMan City16102444192532
4Chelsea169253124729
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd166642519624
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves165922319424
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs166553023723
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd165741916322
9Arsenal165742424022
10Crystal Palace166461418-422
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle166461723-622
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton165472024-419
13Burnley165382129-818
14Everton165291928-917
15Bournemouth164481824-616
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham164481828-1016
17Aston Villa164392328-515
18Southampton164391835-1715
19Norwich CityNorwich1632111734-1711
20Watford16169930-219
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