Former St Mirren man Gary Teale has tipped former Buddies teammate John McGinn for Manchester United success, after reports linked him with a big money switch to Old Trafford.

The Sun claim the Red Devils are after the Aston Villa midfielder, and will need £50 million to sign him. To think he was playing for St Mirren and Hibs only a short while ago is mind boggling.

McGinn has went from strength to strength since leaving the SPFL. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Teale believes his former teammate can thrive in Manchester. He told the Scottish Sun: “At first you’re surprised when you see £50 million and Manchester United.

“But then you take time to reflect and digest it and there’s nothing to say why he couldn’t go and do it.

“He’s thrived on every chance and there’s no reason to say why, if he got that opportunity at Manchester United, he wouldn’t thrive in that atmosphere.”

Could McGinn really ‘thrive’ at Manchester United?

It’d be a massive ask of McGinn to make this step up. He’s never made a Premier League appearance, never mind become a £50 million Red Devils signing before he gets to do that.

McGinn is probably not worth £50 million. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It says more about the state of the English market than McGinn that he’s being touted at such a fee. He’s probably not worth that amount, but down south, that type of fee is scarily becoming a regularity.

In terms of McGinn though, why can’t he become a success? He’s a super talent with great energy and bite in the middle of the park. Having the chance to be around some of the world’s greatest football facilities would no doubt bring his game on further.

People couldn’t have predicted how well Andy Robertson has gone on to do at Liverpool, so why can’t McGinn be the next player to make a breakthrough at a massive club? With a lack of energy in the United midfield, he may actually be the type of player they need.

Could McGinn make the step up? (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It would be a massive step up in quality and pressure for the-ex St Mirren and Hibs man regardless. Whether it’s this summer or next, McGinn will have his name in lights at a big club some day.

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