Aston Villa's John McGinn has been linked with a January move to Manchester United after finding life in the Premier League as easy as he did in the Championship.

The Scottish international will be one of the Villian's key men as Newcastle United travel down to Villa Park on Monday.

United head coach Steve Bruce knows the talents of McGinn - and so he should considering he was the man who brought to the Midlands from Hibernian in July 2018.

Just three months later Bruce was sacked by Villa but still considers McGinn as one his best signings - and believes he can certainly play for a top side.

John McGinn of Scotland during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and Kazakhstan at Hampden Park on November 19, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

"Yes, from what he has done in 12 months," Bruce replied when asked about McGinn playing for a side like Manchester United.

"He can only improve.

"He is at that level."

McGinn signed at a time when Villa's finances were poor, and the club having lost in the play-off final to Fulham were making cuts just to survive.

Bruce, who was heavily involved in trying to keep the club afloat, admits that things became so bad that McGinn nearly didn't complete his move.

 

“A club like Villa we didn’t have £2m, 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.

"It took him a minute to win over the supporters because he crashed into a tackle and sprayed a 50 yard pass, and have a shot in first few minutes.

"He has to be one of my best ever signings because he has a determination to do well. Him and Grealish in the middle, Grealish is a top, top player."