Comparing John McGinn’s 2021-22 stats with Man Utd’s midfielders

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Aston Villa's John McGinn during their victory over Brighton, November 2021.

Manchester United have been desperate to sign a new man to plug the hole in the centre of their midfield for a number of seasons and Aston Villa’s John McGinn is the latest player to be linked with a move to Old Trafford.

McGinn moved to Villa from Hibernian in 2018 and has performed superbly. He’s played 130 games for the Midlands club over the past three-and-a-half seasons as they’ve achieved promotion from the Championship and established themselves in the top flight.

McGinn has also won 42 caps for Scotland, scoring 11 times and helping them to Euro 2020, where they were unfortunately knocked out at the group stage.

But would the 27-year-old be a significant upgrade on Ralf Rangnick’s current midfield options?

We’ve compared his 2021-22 Premier League stats to the corresponding stats of United’s current options in the centre of midfield.

Note: we’ve only included players that have played over 250 minutes this season, which excludes Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard from consideration.

Goals
Bruno Fernandes – 7
John McGinn – 3
Fred – 2

Scott McTominay – 1
Paul Pogba – 0
Nemanja Matic – 0

Assists
Paul Pogba – 7
Bruno Fernandes – 3
Fred – 2
Nemanja Matic – 2
John McGinn – 2

Scott McTominay – 0

Mins per goal or assist
Paul Pogba – 90.5
Bruno Fernandes – 159.6
John McGinn – 295.6
Fred – 315.3
Nemanja Matic – 377

Scott McTominay – 1289

Chances created per 90 minutes
Bruno Fernandes – 2.8
Paul Pogba – 2.1
John McGinn – 1.6
Fred – 1.1
Scott McTominay – 1.0
Nemanja Matic – 0.8

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Paul Pogba – 2.6 (74.3%)
John McGinn – 1.4 (58.3%)
Scott McTominay – 1.1 (78.6%)
Nemanja Matic – 0.8 (66.6%)
Bruno Fernandes – 0.7 (46.6%)
Fred – 0.4 (44.4%)

Passes completed per 90 minutes (passing accuracy)
Nemanja Matic – 65.9 (86.3%)
Paul Pogba – 63.3 (85%)
Fred – 57.4 (83.1%)
Bruno Fernandes – 52.8 (76.5%)
Scott McTominay – 45.8 (85.8%)
John McGinn – 35.1 (79.2%)

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (Success rate)
Fred – 3.1 (55.4%)
John McGinn – 2.8 (70%)
Scott McTominay – 2.3 (62.2%)

Nemanja Matic – 2.0 (66.6%)
Bruno Fernandes – 1.5 (41.6%)
Paul Pogba – 1.1 (39.3%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Nemanja Matic – 2.0
Fred – 1.3
Scott McTominay – 1.3
Paul Pogba – 1.0
John McGinn – 0.9
Bruno Fernandes – 0.5


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